Shows and Concerts
The Assembly Hall, which seats 16,618, is the third-largest arena in the state of Illinois.
From rock shows to Broadway to family shows to Fighting Illini basketball and much more, the Assembly Hall has hosted the top names in show business. Performers and events hosted at Assembly Hall include The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band, Jay-Z, Ludacris, Garth Brooks, Kanye West, U2, Frank Sinatra, Nelly, Aerosmith, Tina Turner, "Cats," Bill Cosby, Mikhail Baryshnikov, The Harlem Globetrotters, Elton John, Reba McEntire and Bruce Springsteen.
Clubs and Organizations
Illinois has over 1,087 registered student organizations, honorary societies, and teams, giving students opportunities to pursue interests in religion, politics, ROTC, professional advancement, service organizations, rights/ freedom issues and performing arts. With 60 fraternities, 26 sororities and 10 African American Greek organizations, Illinois has the largest Greek participation of any university.
The university's recreation department offers many amenities for all students. In addition to a wide variety of club sports (ice-skating, hockey, soccer, volleyball, etc), many students take part in intramural athletics in numerous sports (flag football, basketball, softball, volleyball, bowling). The outdoor recreation department designs and gives students day trips for the following activities: bike trail riding, canoeing/kayaking, cross country skiing, hiking in Allerton State Park and horseback riding.
Arts and Culture
Illinois presents a rich variety of cultural programs for education and entertainment. Performance centers and theaters present the world's finest operas, ballets, and plays, and auditoriums host popular performers of music and shows. Great museums, lectures, and presentations by the world's top scholars enrich both the campus and the community.
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts: four theaters seat about 4,000 and annually host 350 student and professional performances, as well as commencements, lectures, and other events, many of them free.
The University hosts four cultural centers — Afro-American; Asian-American; La Casa Cultural Latina; Native American. The Illini Union allows more than 83,000 students to attend or participate in over 200 programs, lectures, musicals, and concerts in a given year, while Foellinger Auditorium seats 1,750 for concerts, speakers, and special events. The Japan House and Arboretum offer formal and informal tearooms, stroll gardens, and art and cultural classrooms.
Illinois is the founder of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and currently houses the "supercomputer." NCSA opened its doors to the national scientific computing community in January 1986. Because of Illinois' strong tie to computer technology, the school boasts over 70,000 computer connections for students on the campus network, with 110 buildings having wireless access. Blue Waters, Illinois' next major technological project, is expected to be the most powerful supercomputer in the world for open scientific research when it comes online in 2011. It will be the first system of its kind to sustain one petaflop performance on a range of science and engineering applications.