Decatur, Illinois is a metropolitan area of 100,000 residents, 120 miles north of St. Louis, 180 miles south of Chicago, and 150 miles west of Indianapolis.
The city is located along the Sangamon River which fills Lake Decatur, a 2,800 acre reservoir and recreational lake. The lake is surrounded by residential areas, a marina and beautiful public parklands. The unique, historic downtown area has undergone much revitalization with new storefronts, new businesses and the Central Park fountain.
Founded in the 1800s, the area's first residents included the family of President Abraham Lincoln. Decatur and Macon County are rich in Lincoln history and the perfect place to use as a base to explore the region’s Lincoln sites.
Decatur has many tree-lined streets, restored historic homes and mansions, and an historic downtown area filled with unique shops, great pubs and restaurants, and several art galleries. It features hundreds of acres dedicated to green park space, countless original restaurants and entertainment venues, and plenty of businesses, along with quintessential American trademarks like fast food restaurants, Starbucks, and shopping malls.
Decatur is home to a diverse business environment ranging from agri-business to heavy manufacturing and from large multinational corporations to successful and innovative entrepreneurial businesses where students can gain valuable hands-on experience. It is home to well known production facilities for Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Caterpillar Inc. and Tate & Lyle North America. The corporate world headquarters for ADM, the leading agricultural processor and ethanol producer, are in Decatur.
Decatur is a wonderful location for Millikin students to live and learn. At any given point throughout the year, dozens of students can be found serving as business interns or consultants, student teaching in local classrooms, or spreading their entrepreneurial wings in Blue Connection, Millikin’s student-run retail art gallery in downtown Decatur.
In addition to its various educational programs, Millikin also opens its doors to the Decatur community through a myriad of performances and services. Known as a cultural resource for the entire community, Millikin’s Kirkland Fine Arts Center and College of Fine Arts regularly host student and professional productions in our 2,000 seat, state-of-the-art performance center. Students of all ages flock to Millikin’s campus each summer for a variety of camps and lessons. Millikin’s Center for Entrepreneurship in the Tabor School of Business and Decatur’s chapter of SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) serve as a business resource to the greater Decatur community and Millikin students via business consulting, seminars and workshops.