Main Street

Downtown La GrangeLa Grange is one of the many communities around the State that uses the Main Street approach to revitalize their traditional commercial districts by incorporating Main Street into existing economic development, historic preservation, city management, or urban community planning programs. Whatever form of initiative takes place, the network of local and state Main Street programs provides action and support on all levels.

We all know where our Main Streets are, but do we know what they are and why they matter? Whether they are named First Avenue or Water Street or Martin Luther King Boulevard, what they represent is universal. Main Street is the economic engine, the big stage, the core of the community. Our Main Streets tell us who we are and who we were, and how the past has shaped us. We do not go to bland suburbs or enclosed shopping malls to learn about our past, explore our culture, or discover our identity. Our Main Streets are the places of shared memory where people still come together to live, work, and play. Over the past 30 years, the Main Street movement has transformed the way communities think about the revitalization and management of their downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts. Cities and towns across the nation have come to see that a prosperous, sustainable community is only as healthy as its core.

The La Grange Main Street Program holds various community events and fundraisers throughout the year. These events are committee driven and include La Grange Uncorked, Trick or Treat on the Square, Schmeckenfest, and various Historic Preservation activities. The program works to manage its growth by investing in promotional events that attract both outside visitors as well as members of the local community.