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Uptown Normal

Bloomington-Normal Community

Many students describe Illinois State's location as just the right distance from home—close, but not too close. Chicago, St. Louis, Rockford, Indianapolis, and the Quad Cities are all three hours away or less (by car).

Maps and Directions

Things to do in the Twin Cities

  • Just blocks from campus, Uptown Normal features great restaurants, unique shops, and much more including the Normal Theatre where you can catch a movie like you won't find at the local megaplex—documentaries, foreign films, and independent movies.
  • Hit the links at one of Bloomington-Normal's many golf courses, including the University's Weibring Golf Club or Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course, the Den at Fox Creek.
  • Cheer on the Normal CornBelters baseball team in their brand new stadium, the Corn Crib.
  • Once you've learned rock climbing basics at the Student Fitness Center, you can take your skills to the next level at Upper Limits Indoor Rock Gym which features 65-foot silos and a 110-foot outdoor climbing wall.
  • The Illinois Shakespeare Festival is known nationally in the theatre community as one of the top Shakespeare Festivals. The Illinois Office of Tourism nominated the Illinois Shakespeare Festival as one of the top 120 attractions in the country.
  • Get some exercise and enjoy the scenery on the Constitution Trail, a 24-mile, hard surface trail for walking, running, biking, even cross-country skiing in the winter months.
  • The Bloomington-Normal Area Convention & Visitors Bureau offers much more information about the community, including where to stay.

Jobs and Internships

Bloomington-Normal is a great place for students to get an internship or part-time job. The area is home to several large employers and a number of thriving small businesses, especially in the area surrounding campus.

Top Employers 

  1. State Farm Insurance
  2. Illinois State University
  3. Country Financial
  4. Unit 5 schools (Normal)
  5. Advocate BroMenn Medical Center
  6. Mitsubishi Motor Manufacturing
  7. OSF St. Joseph Medical Center
  8. McLean County
  9. AFNI, Inc.
  10. District 87 Schools (Bloomington)

Part-time Jobs


  • Campus Recreation/Student Fitness Center
  • Bone Student Center/Braden Auditorium
  • University College Academic Advisement
  • University Housing
  • Campus Dining


  • Child care
  • Tutoring
  • Restaurants
  • Tech support
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