The Illinois Main Street Program

Due to a lack of a State budget, the Illinois Main Street Program will not be accepting letters of intent or applications to join the Main Street program at this time.

If you are interested in setting up a Main Street Program in your community and you would like more information on how to follow the Main Street 4 Point Approach, please contact the National Main Street Center at the site below:

National Main Street Center
53 West Jackson Blvd. Suite 350
Chicago, IL 60604 | Follow us on Facebook and Twitter


Illinois Main Street is part of a successful national movement to revitalize America's traditional downtowns, neighborhood business districts, and urban corridors.  Illinois Main Street communities use the Main Street Four-Point Approach® to revitalize their local business districts.

Developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1980, Main Street now works in over 1,700 communities located throughout 46 states. The Main Street Four-Point Approach® helps develop strong, broadly-based local organizations that effectively and incrementally implement the revitalization process by building their local capacity to do their local Main Street work.

Main Street encourages partnerships with local stakeholders, who support the local program, to build the local community and to foster economic development while maintaining the unique, historic character of each district. Most of all, Main Street offers a practical, comprehensive methodology for commercial district revitalization and advocates local self-reliance.

The Illinois Main Street program is administered by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency provides design services, and Lt Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti serves as ambassador. Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti represents the Illinois Main Street program as she travels the state, promoting economic development in support of local communities. In 2011, Illinois Main Street rolled out a new logo representing the rich architectural history and commerce featured throughout Illinois Main Street communities.