Getting Started

      Getting Started


Next Steps

Are you working with a group of local stakeholders, committed to the revitalization of your historic commercial corridor? Perhaps you have had fits and starts with downtown development but need a network of professionals to support your efforts? Read on.

The Illinois Main Street program is comprised of 19 communities who are working towards or excelling at revitalizing and sustaining a thriving downtown district. Applications to join the program for 2020-2021 are open now!

Step 1: Watch our Main Street 101 and Illinois Main Street Application Workshop programs.
Step 2: Complete the online application by May 11, 2020.
Step 3: New program participants selected and notified by June 12, 2020.

If you’re looking for resources or ways to get involved prior to the next onboarding period, here are some suggestions:
  • Check-out the free-resource page of the “Growing Communities Initiative,” organized by Northern Illinois University’s Center for Governmental Studies.
  • Become a General Member of Main Street America. Membership includes access to hundreds of online resources, a national network of professionals, and discounts to trainings.
  • Attend the Main Street Now Conference. Each year, this national gathering of Main Street programs provides a broad-view of downtown development issues, including sessions for first-time attendees.
We encourage all interested communities to connect with us at to tell us about your program.

About Us

IMS works with communities across the state to revitalize downtowns and commercial districts.


The Approach

The Main Street Approach is a time-tested framework for community-driven, comprehensive revitalization.


Contact Us

Have a question or interested in learning more? Please contact us - we are here to help!