Downtown Bloomington

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Established in 1830, Downtown Bloomington is the cultural core and historic heart of the City. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985, the district hosts a vibrant arts and music scene, unique shopping experiences, and local flares and flavors.  Located along historic Route 66, Historic Downtown Bloomington features many historically significant buildings, including the former offices of Abraham Lincoln and local architecture.

Downtown offers an array of cultural assets including a community of artists, galleries, a history museum, bars and musical entertainment, a farmer’s market, several festivals, restaurants, retail shops, service providers, governmental and judicial bodies, a legal and professional scene, and a residential community.

In the Fall of 2017, the City of Bloomington established the Downtown Division of the Community Development Department and in March 2019 The Downtown Division was moved into the Economic Development department. The Economic Development department's Downtown Development Specialists oversee and markets special events downtown such as the annual Steampunk Festival, First Fridays and the weekly Farmers’ Market. The Economic Development Department also offers expertise and advice to other City departments on anything related to Downtown Bloomington. 

Downtown Parking

Downtown Parking - Free

Getting involved

The preservation and revitalization of Downtown Bloomington is a community effort made possible by the hard work and dedication of hundreds of business owners and volunteers. To learn more about getting involved with downtown programs, starting a business, hosting an event, or volunteering, please contact the Economic Development department at 309-434-2294.


Frequently visited sites:

COVID-19 Microsite

Sidewalk Café Permits

Special Event Permits

Downtown Parking

Farmers’ Market

2020 Downtown Bloomington Calendar of Events

Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts

Downtown Strategy

Downtown Grants and Incentives

Route 66 Visitor’s Center

Follow Downtown Bloomington and the Farmers' Market on Facebook and Instagram! 

Facebook: Downtown Bloomington

Instagram: Downtown Bloomington

Facebook: Downtown Bloomington Farmers' Market

Instagram: Bloomington Market

  Downtown Bloomington