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6/10/22 - Champaign-Urbana Mobile Workshop - 2022 APA-ISS Spring Conference

Updated: Jun 8, 2022

On Friday, June 10, 2022 join representatives from the City of Champaign and the City of Urbana as they take you through two exciting projects that have been a long time in the making.

Please be sure to check the weather before the day begins. It's spring in the Midwest which means you may need sunscreen or an umbrella or both! We will be outside enjoying nature for most of the day.

pre-registration is required for all mobile workshop attendees

The Story of the Boneyard Creek – Champaign

Led by T.J. Blakeman, AICP Senior Planner for Economic Development

Continue our Boneyard Creek conference session with an in person visit to Champaign. Our walking tour will highlight the tax credit neighborhood redevelopment of Bristol Park, partnerships with the Champaign Park District, an up-close look at the ecology of the creek, discussion of maintenance needs and lessons learned, and witness in person the amazing and explosive growth of Campustown.

Downtown Urbana’s Historic District

Led by Kevin Garcia, AICP Principal Planner, and Alice Novak, Historic Preservation Commission Chair

This walking tour (click here for tour map) will highlight many of the properties of the Downtown Urbana Historic District, our newest National Register listing. You will learn how the city collaborated with local business owners to establish a district that is bringing cultural and economic benefits to the area. We will stroll from the under-renovation Hotel Royer, past cinemas-turned-galleries, banks-turned-restaurants, and post offices-turned-community centers. Click here for a Pocketsights Tour of these landmarks! We’ll finish at a foundry-turned-microbrewery, next to Boneyard Creek Crossing, Urbana’s Jewel of the Boneyard. See you there!

Date: June 10, 2022


  • 9:00 am – meet at Bristol Park. Park along Alberta Parkway.

  • 9:30 am – depart Bristol Park.

  • 10:15 am - drive to 2nd Street Basin. Park along 2nd Street north of Springfield Ave.

  • 11:30 am – Lunch/refreshments at Legends (on your own).

  • 12:30 pm – tour Healey St. Basin.

  • 1:00 pm - return to cars and depart for Urbana.

  • 1:15 pm - arrive at Lincoln Square Mall. Park in Lincoln Square Mall Parking Lot 10-E.

  • 1:25 pm - tour Hotel Royer & Urbana Free Library.

  • 1:40 pm - tour Urbana Free Library

  • 1:50 pm - tour Independent Media Center.

  • 2:05 pm - tour the Cohen Building - Sakura.

  • 2:20 pm - tour Courier Café.

  • 2:35 pm - tour Rose Bowl Tavern.

  • 2:50 pm - tour Boneyard Creek Crossing.

  • 3:00 pm - finish at 25 O’Clock Brewing Company (on your own). Relax & network.



  • FREE for 2022 APA-ISS Spring Conference registrants (registrants, use mobile workshop promo code)

  • $10 for guests and 2022 APA-ISS Spring Conference non-registrants

  • Note: Lunch & refreshments are on your own.

Professional Development Credit: CM | 4.0

pre-registration is required for all mobile workshop attendees


There's More Fun to Come!

After sitting in 10 CM credits worth of sessions in May, this summer it will be time to get all planners on the move! We are delighted to offer in-person mobile workshops throughout the summer and fall of 2022. Logistics are being worked through so please stay tuned for details.

  • June 24, 2022 - Rockford, IL - Bike Tour - registration is open!

  • July 22, 2022 - Quincy, IL - Quincy Bay Area Restoration and Downtown Residential Redevelopment Program

  • TBD - Alton, IL or Mascoutah Mid-America & Boeing

  • TBD - Metropolis, IL - Planning Charette (tentative)

  • Peoria, IL - Sankoty Lakes Tour - May 6, 2022. Done! Read all about it.

  • Champaign - Urbana, IL - Boneyard Creek & Downtown Urbana Walking Tour - June 10, 2022

If you registered for the 2022 Spring Conference, it included registration at all our mobile workshops. We will just ask that you RSVP for the mobile workshops so we know you're coming. A coupon code for 100% off the mobile workshop was given to you via the conference Eventbrite page and also in subsequent emails. Please note, some mobile workshops may include bike rental, lunch, etc. that will not be covered by registration.

If you do not purchase a 2022 Spring Conference registration but are interested in attending a mobile workshop, the APA-ISS will offer separate registration at a small cost for each mobile workshop.


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