Here is a great intro to what this Champaign Urbana is all about- MICRO URBAN!
Just a few small cities around the US have been called micro urban and the CU area is one. Others are Lawrence, KS, Syracuse, and Fargo. The idea is big city amenities with a small town feel.
We enjoy this small town- yet cosmopoilitan atmosphere idea here every day–here is what micro urban means.