Downtown Division

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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. The Downtown Division oversees and markets special events downtown such as the annual Steampunk Festival, First Fridays and the weekly Farmers’ Market. The Downtown Division also offers expertise and advice to other City departments on anything related to Downtown Bloomington. 

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 Downtown Division at 309-434-2294.


Frequently visited sites:

Sidewalk Café Permits

Special Event Permits

Farmers’ Market

Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts

Downtown Strategy

Downtown Grants and Incentives

Route 66 Visitor’s Center

  Downtown Bloomington