Illinois Main Street is a downtown revitalization program based on the National Main Street Four Point Approach. Illinois has participated in the Main Street program since 1993. There currently are 41 Main Street communities in Illinois. The program is administered by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Please visit the Illinois Main Street Website for more information.
Illinois Main Street provides local Main Street organizations with technical support including training, conferences, site visits and on-line resources. IMS has contracted with the Center for Governmental Studies at Northern Illinois University to assist in providing support to local programs. A variety of resources can be found on this page, including upcoming events, material from past workshops, examples of best practices, models and templates for local projects, and sources for data and information.
Illinois Main Street contracted with the Center for Governmental Studies to prepare a report on the status of the Main Street program at the state and local level. All Illinois local Main Street organizations were surveyed to obtain information on their organizations, performance, needs and districts. This information was combined with group discussions and research on best practices in other states to arrive at options for the future of Main Street in Illinois. An executive summary and the full report are available below.
The new CGS Policy Profile The Back to the City Movement: Will It Help Illinois' Smaller Cities outlines what your small city can do to capture growth in residents, businesses and revenue generated by renewed interest in urban lifestyles. Read it here.
Illinois Main Street is hosting a new series of workshops for local Main Street staff and volunteers, city staff and officials, economic development professionals, chambers of commerce and others interested in downtown revitalization. The workshops are held around the state throughout the year. Click on the upcoming events below for information on topics, dates, and locations. For information on past workshops, click on the past events below to read about the workshop and download material from the workshop. Workshops often sell out so advance registration is recommended.
As Main Street organizations and other downtown revitalization groups become more sophisticated, they can take on new roles. Attend this workshop if:
Workshop speakers represent organizations that are successfully developing properties, operating as landlords or running a business. The speakers often come from Main Street organizations or similar organizations. Speakers and topics vary by location so attend both to get an even better picture of the possibilities for your downtown. Click here to learn more about the events and register.
Project Development from Start to Finish
September 23rd, 2014, Macomb, IL
Local Main Street organizations carry out a wide range of programs and projects requiring specialized knowledge and resources. This toolbox contains tools that Main Street executive directors and volunteers can use to assist downtown businesses, carry out downtown improvement projects, provide information for residents and visitors and run their own organizations effectively. Some of the tools can be downloaded and posted on local websites. Others can be linked to local websites. New tools will be added over time. Visit the Main Street Toolbox.
Need to reach a local Main Street organization? Find contacts for every Illinois Main Street organization here.
Positions available with local Illinois Main Street organizations are posted below. Please follow contact instructions included in each posting.
For additional information about the Illinois Main Street Program, please contact:
Main Street Coordinator
Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity
500 East Monroe, 7th Floor
Springfield, IL 62701
Center for Governmental Studies, NIU
Senior Research Scholar
Center for Governmental Studies, NIU