Where to go swimming in the Champaign-Urbana area
Champaign-Urbana area public swimming pools and aquatic centers are preparing for the summer season ahead, though some uncertainty remains. Outdoor facilities typically open around Memorial Day weekend, this year May 29-31.
Editor’s Note: Illinois is expected to begin summer pool season in the “bridge phase” of reopening, before moving to “phase 5” later this summer (perhaps mid-June?). The information below is what will be in place to begin the summer per IDPH guidelines under the bridge phase. Check back for further updates.
Please note, we are not responsible for price changes.
Location: 2205 W. Sangamon Dr., Champaign
Season: Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day; hours vary
Season Pass Prices: Season passes are on sale now via the Champaign Park District website. Buy before April 30 to get the best deals. Prices GO UP on May 1.
What we know: They will be open from 12:30 – 7 p.m. daily (opening at 12 p.m. for season pass holders.) Sholem will operate at 50% capacity to start the summer. Masks will be required at all times EXCEPT while in the pool, traveling between bodies of water, or eating at concessions. You will be able to leave your mask at your chair to walk to the pool. Masks will not be required in the lounging area, as groups of chairs will be positioned six feet apart.
Get the scoop on Sholem Aquatic Center programming here and follow along on the 2021 update page for new information.
Ready to plan your trip to Sholem? See our post on what you should know about Sholem Aquatic Center here.
Location: 1401 N. Broadway, Urbana
Season: Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day
Season Pass Prices: Click here for full details regarding season passes.
Check the Urbana Park District website as more information becomes available.
What we know: They will be open from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily. All features will be on and available. Locker rooms will be available but the park district encourages people to change and shower at home. There will be signage and markings to help guide with social distancing. Face masks must be worn upon entering the facility and when moving around in the facility. People can take masks off while sitting, sunbathing, or in the water.
Ready to plan your trip to Crystal Lake? See our post on what you should know about Crystal Lake Family Aquatic Center here.
Location:Burke Park at 601 W. Railroad St.
Season: May 27 (Memorial Day) to TBD.
Public Hours: Noon to 7 p.m. daily
Daily Pass Price: $6
Season Pass Prices: Individuals: $75 resident/$90 non-resident
Family up to 4: $200 resident ($30 per extra family member) /$240 non-resident ($35)
Notes: If a storm occurs late afternoon, the facility may remain closed for the evening. Call ahead to check if you are coming from out of town 762-2415.
See our Mom Review of the Monticello Family Aquatic Center here.
Location: 333 S. Tanner St.
The Village of Rantoul has not released 2021 info. Check back later.
See our Mom Review of the Hap Parker Family Aquatic Center in Rantoul here.
Location: Ervin Park (Northline Road and Main Street)
The City of Tuscola has not released 2021 info. Check back later.
See our Mom Review of the Tuscola Swimming Pool here.
Location: 601 S. Fall Street, Paxton (Coady Park)
The Paxton Park District has not released 2021 info. Check back later.
Location: 605 N. John St., Farmer City
Regular Hours: noon – 8 p.m daily based on weather and attendance. Adult lap swim, 11 a.m. to noon. The pool occasionally closes at 6:00 p.m. so be sure to call (309) 928-9841 first if swimming in the evening
Daily Pass Prices: $3.50 resident/$4.50 nonresident
Season Pass Prices: Residents: $100 for 4; and $10 for each additional person. Non-Residents: $125 for 4; and $12 for each additional person
Private pools in Champaign-Urbana and beyond:
Location: 1 Arrow Road, Champaign
Indian Acres is a family-oriented swim club in Champaign’s Lincolnshire neighborhood with four pools — 64,000 square feet of sparkling clear water of varying depths. There are more than 8,000 square feet of deck space with several sunny and shaded areas on deck. The pools are surrounded by approximately three acres of play fields, two playgrounds, and picnic areas. Offering day camp, swim team, swim lessons, swim fitness, and recreational swim. For more information on Indian Acres, including day camps and memberships, click here.