38 things we love about Illinois: No. 18

ARC pool
From venerable agriculture to the computer revolution, rare books to Round Barns, Homecoming parades to tunnel walks, these are a few of our favorite things about our favorite institution of higher education.

18. Outdoor Pool at ARC

Outdoor pools don’t get any better than this. Located at the Activities and Recreation Center—better known as ARC—the 50-meter pool is partitioned into a trio of Olympic-length lap lanes, a diving well and a shallow swim area where colorful float mats bob. Surrounded by decks, lounge chairs and plantings, the pool has hosted many a warm-weather gathering, and remains as fresh and inviting as when it opened in 1971.

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