About Monticello Main Street

Monticello Main Street, Inc. is a nonprofit organization founded in 1996 by concerned local volunteers dedicated to historic preservation and to strengthening our community's economic growth. The main area of concentration is in the downtown business district and the extended fringe area of Monticello's downtown.

Monticello Main Street also plans several events throughout the year to highlight our unique downtown.  While this year's events have been curtailed due to COVID-19, in a typical year we would host Chocolate Fantasy, Whites of Spring, Monticellobration, and Reds of Christmas.  In 2020, we hosted several "Music on Main" events to provide music for our community and the dining areas within the newly created parklets.  We also host a "Fall into Local" event on October 3rd as well as a modified Reds of Christmas.  Each year we also host the Monticello Farmers' Market on Thursday afternoon's May-October!

This year we digitally promoted willing businesses in celebration of what normally would have been the Chocolate Fantasy.  Whites of Spring is on hold due to issues obtaining a liquor license from the State of Illinois, but we hope to run the event with slight modifications once Illinois enters into the Bridge to Phase 5!  Currently, our promotions committee is in the planning phases for 2021 and we hope to offer multiple events in our downtown!!


"To strengthen the vitality of Monticello's Downtown by promoting civic pride, encouraging growth, and preserving and improving community involvement and resources."

The Main Street Approach

The Main Street approach is the most efficient and cost-effective approach to preserving the community's identity, social character, and heritage and enhances its viability and quality of life. It gives our community a competitive edge in attracting the kind of quality growth and development we need and seek. It improves business and life in the downtown and affects business throughout the town.


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Monticello Main Street
P.O. Box 392
(217) 762-9318 info@monticellomainstreet.org


Monticello Main Street, Inc. is a nonprofit program of The National Trust for Historic Preservation, dedicated to the revitalization of our historic downtown. Monticello is accredited both as an Illinois and National Main Street community. Monticello Main Street © | PO Box 392, Monticello, IL 61856 | Tel: (217) 762-9318 | Fax: (217) 762-9713 | info@monticellomainstreet.org Copyright © 2006-