Introduction to Rantoul, Illinois
Rantoul, Illinois is 14 miles N of Champaign, Illinois and 110 miles S of Chicago, Illinois. In Champaign county, Rantoul is part of the Champaign - Urbana metro area. The population of Rantoul is 12,857.
The village was established in 1890, and was named after Robert Rantoul, director of the Illinois Central Railroad. In 1917, the village was chosen to be the site of the Chanute Field airbase, due to its close proximity to the Illinois Central railroad. The War Department’s ground school, housed at the University of Illinois, was also one of the reasons for this move. The base was finally closed in 1993, and the site is presently partially occupied by Octave Chanute Aerospace Museum and the Rantoul National Aviation Center.
Rantoul and nearby Attractions
- Rantoul Public Library
- Rantoul National Aviation Center
- Maple Grove Plaza Shopping Center
- Willow Pond Golf Course
- American Lutheran Church
- Winston Park
Things To Do In Rantoul
The Chanute Air Museum is a great place to visit if one wants to learn about the history of Rantoul. The Maple Grove Plaza Shopping Center is a good place to shop. The Willow Pond Golf Course provides recreation for golf enthusiasts. The Illinois Skydiving Center located nearby provides thrills for the enjoyment of its tourists.
University of Illinois-Willard Airport, located nearby, provides air transportation facilities.
Rantoul Higher Education
Higher education is provided by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Parkland College.