With a population of 3,000, Arcola may seem like a sleepy town, but its residents are some of the most hospitable in the state, welcoming hundreds of thousand tourists to the quaint community each year. Events like the renowned Broom Corn Festival draw visitors from throughout the Midwest. Tourist attractions like Rockome Gardens draw visitors year-round. With a central location only three hours from St. Louis, Indianapolis and Chicago, Arcola marks the entrance to Illinois Amish Country.
Just 30 minutes north, is Champaign, Illinois, home to the University of Illinois, with a population of more than 80,000 that swells in size during popular Fighting Illini sporting events and gatherings.