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Our community has a great deal to offer if you're willing to venture out and explore. 

Throughout our region, you'll find specialty stores and family-owned diners in which the owners greet you with a hardy "hello" and make you feel immediately welcomed. 

You'll find strong support for our schools both public and private. At times, the schools are the center of activity and our lives can revolve around them. 

With Eastern Illinois University in Charleston and University of Illinois just 45 minutes north in Champaign-Urbana, you'll enjoy the arts through countless musical and theatre arts performances. 

Our communities are safe, and you will likely come to know all your neighbors and many of the families with whom your children may attend school. Because we tout a 10 to 15-minute door-to-door commute, you can easily attend your children's events and reach appointments with ease.

We are all about recreation. There are plenty of golf courses, several amazing lakes for boating and fishing, and state parks for picnicking, hiking and camping. Children stay busy throughout the summer with summer recreation programs. Recently, the City of Charleston has been ranked third in the state of Illinois as the best city for young families by the financial website NerdWallet. Read More.

Take a closer look at our community through the links below You'll just have to experience us.

Arts, Theaters & Museums
Parks & Lakes
Sports Facilities/Fitness & Golf