Illinois Main Street Conference

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Postponed! Illinois Main Street Conference: Downtown Dialogues

Across Illinois, Main Street districts are centers of economic and social opportunity and essential to a thriving community. From rural downtowns to urban neighborhood corridors, revitalization is powered by dedicated professionals, volunteers, and civic leaders. We planned to offer the 2020 Illinois Main Street Conference: Downtown Dialogues March 18 - 20 in Springfield, Illinois. In partnership with the Illinois Lt. Governor’s Office, we made the difficult decision to postpone our Illinois Main Street conference in light of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). This decision reflects our mutual desire to prioritize the health and wellbeing of participants and their families.

Online Program:

In late March, we conducted portions of the Illinois Main Street Conference online. We encourage all those interested in Main Street revitalization in Illinois to use the links below to view these virtual sessions.
This program is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Illinois Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

March Conference Cancellation FAQ:

Will conference attendees be refunded? 
Yes, if you submitted payment for the Illinois Main Street Conference, a refund has been generated for you. If you did not receive notification of this refund, email

What about my hotel reservation?
If you had a reservation through the conference block at the Wyndham Springfield City Centre, the room will be cancelled automatically with no penalty.

Will the program be rescheduled?
Yes, we have every intention to reschedule the full event. We are working with our partners and locations to determine a date in late summer or early fall 2020. More information will be available on this page.

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.


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