The City of Bloomington is located in the heart of Central Illinois, approximately 125 miles southwest of Chicago, 155 miles northeast of St. Louis, and 64 miles northeast of Springfield, the State Capital. Bloomington is the County Seat of McLean County, the largest county in Illinois (approximately 762,240 acres). Bloomington (pop. 76,610) is a twin City with the Town of Normal (pop. 52,497). Interstates 39, 55 and 74 converge on Bloomington-Normal, as well as US Route 51 and State Route 9.
The twin cities are also serviced by two major railroad lines and Amtrak, as well as air transportation at the Central Illinois Regional Airport, one of the fastest growing airports in the country, which services commuter, corporate, and private aircraft.
Bloomington is located in one of the most productive agricultural areas in the nation, but the economy is diverse and well-balanced. In addition to the major manufacturers and industries , there are two universities, two hospitals, a convention center, one indoor mall, one outdoor mall, and many banks and Savings & Loan Associations located in Bloomington-Normal. The City of Bloomington is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in Illinois with and estimated 20.25% increase in population between 1986 and 1995. New construction continues to enhance residential, industrial and commercial growth.
City Logo Design Rationale
The symbol for the City of Bloomington is multifaceted in its visual and conceptual approach. Visually the symbol and the City's identity represent a modern progressive style which is consistent with the City's government. The symbol is based on three different concepts which combine to represent the City in a contemporary and appropriate way.
First and foremost is the chevron. The City government is a respected agency dedicated to serving the public. In this way, the chevron represents service, rank and authority.
The symbol may also be seen as a three dimensional building. This represents growth and diversity in our community.
Finally, the flower or plant derived from the original name "Blooming Grove", represents a community that is friendly and safe. Progress and growth are also associated with plant life as well as regeneration and renewal.
The symbol's positive upward movement is representative of the City's commitment to excellence!
There are a wide variety of cultural and entertainment options available in Bloomington. Theater options include the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, which hosts the longest running American Passion Play in the United States, the Community Players Theatre, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Wesleyan University Merwin Galleries, the McLean County Arts Center, the Miller Park Outdoor Summer Theatre, Twin Cities Ballet and several movie theaters.
|Ever wonder where Beer Nuts came from? Come to Bloomington, the only place in the world where they are manufactured. Other attractions include the McLean County Museum of History, Bloomington Off-track Betting, Children's Discovery Museum of Central Illinois and The David Davis Mansion (shown left). Davis was a former Supreme Court Justice who convinced Abraham Lincoln to run for the Presidency. Tours of the Mansion are available. If you have a chance, stop by the Kathryn Beich candy factory. You can explore nature with a visit to the Miller Park Zoo. These are just a small sampling of varied attractions of Bloomington, to experience it all, come visit us! We'd Love Your Company!|
For more information contact the Bloomington-Normal Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
|Come visit Downtown Bloomington! striving to make historic downtown Bloomington attractive and economically strong. The Downtown Bloomington staff office serves as a support facility for downtown business and customers, advertisers, public and private projects, and promotes business development and retention.|
Central Illinois Regional Airport
With the continued expansion by the Bloomington-Normal Airport Authority, Central Illinois Regional Airport is one of the fastest growing airports in the nation. The facility has lighted runways, charter service and private aircraft storage.
Two new additional runways have been added in the last two years, servicing major airlines including Frontier, Air Tran, American Eagle, Northwest Airlink and Transworld Express. Carriers offer more than 40 daily flights to Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Orlando, Minneapolis/St. Paul and St. Louis.
For more information contact the Central Illinois Regional Airport