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The Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome all the students returning to Eastern Illinois University and Lake Land College within in the next couple of weeks! We look forward to sharing our community, that has been named one of the safest college towns in the United States for multiple years, with you & hope that everyone has the best experiences while they are here!

There are so many things to do here in town & the surrounding areas – Just south of Charleston on Route 130 you’ll find Lake Charleston and Fox Ridge State Park. Lake Charleston offers miles of trails that can be hiked or biked, fishing, no wake boating, picnicking, and much more! At Fox Ridge State Park, you’ll find hiking trails, playgrounds, hunting, camping, and many other opportunities. There is also the Lincoln Prairie Grass Trail that connects Charleston & Mattoon. It is 12 miles of trail that are excellent for walking, jogging, biking, and equestrian riding! Charleston also features two golf courses! The Charleston Country Club is a private course while Bent Tree is a public 18-hole course. Coles County also features many historical landmarks from the Lincoln Log Cabin to the Charleston Riot Historic Marker. It is also just a short drive to the Douglas Hart Nature Center just east of Mattoon!

As always, we encourage everyone to utilize local businesses as well! Charleston is home to many restaurants, multiple farmer’s markets, and numerous locally owned shops. You can also take a short drive to Mattoon where you can see a movie at the AMC Theater, check out the Cross-County Mall, or try one of over 100 restaurants they have to offer!

Getting around the area will never be a problem either. Eastern Illinois University offers Panther Shuttle while Charleston also features Dial-A-Ride, Coles County Transportation, a few cab services, and is a bike friendly community!

The Chamber encourages all students to check out the Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages to stay up to date on what’s happening in our community. We are glad you’re here, all are welcome. We hope you enjoy Charleston; your home away from home!

Jordan Landeck is interim president and CEO for the Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce.

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