Delivery, To-Go, and Curbside dining options

While we navigate the new territory that has come with the COVID-19 Pandemic, many Downtown Bloomington food & beverage retailers have taken to the streets! While you are out and about in Downtown Bloomington, you’ll notice many parking spaces reserved as ” 10-Minute Parking Tow-Away Zones” These spaces are designated as curbside pickup locations! So, order ahead, park in the 10-Minute reserved space, grab your food, and continue your social distancing! Check out this complete list of businesses offering you a way to satisfy your hunger!

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Visit our directory for a complete list of dining options in #DowntownBLM

Visit these businesses individually online by clicking the links below!

Reality Bites


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Epiphany Farms Restaurant

Main Street Scoop

Poblano Burritos

Scout’s Downtown Cafe

Tony’s Tacos



Windy City Wieners

Coffee Hound

Ivy Lane Bakery


The Lucca Grill

A New Year Begins – Hello 2016

There’s something so inspiring about the arrival of spring. Each year, after winter’s much needed slumber, life returns. Trees begin to bud, the green returns to the grass and we look forward to the opportunities that come to us with renewed energy and optimism. Reflecting on our accomplishments in 2015, and documenting our continuing efforts for the first quarter of 2016, I am grateful to all of you for supporting downtown Bloomington, and the efforts of the Downtown Bloomington Association. Our hard working business owners go above and beyond to provide their guests with very personal, one-of-a-kind experiences that lead not only to repeat business, but, more often than not, life long friendships. First Friday attendance is on the rise, and there’s a renewed spirit of collaboration that can be seen and experienced on every corner. As our city grows through BN Advantage, its a great time to be Downtown. Exciting Change is on our horizon, and we look forward to continuing our work with our community partners and with the City of Bloomington. As a new feature of our website, I would like to invite you to keep up with what we’re working on by visiting the New Meetings and Reports page. On it you will find our 2015 Annual Report, our 2016 First Quarter report, and Board of Directors meeting minutes. I welcome your feedback and encourage you to become more actively involved in our organization – We will find a spot for you! Thank you again for your continued support. Our members make all things possible!

It Takes A Village…

Looking back, the DBA has much to celebrate in 2015. We continue to guide visitors to our city center through our regular events, 27 Outdoor Farmers’ Markets, 6 Indoor winter markets, 12 First Fridays and Downtown Trick or Treat. We also continued our efforts to beautify our historic district through public art and urban gardening. We added tree well gardens to our landscape, and installed 2 new murals featuring the works of local artists. We also worked with community partners, the Bloomington Normal Association of Realtors to add Bike Racks, and air pump and cycle fix it station to the square, and added cigarette butt receptacles through a grant from Mid Central Community Action.

None of this would be possible without the tireless efforts of our volunteers, and the generous support of our DBA members. Here’s to you. Thank you!

Farmers’ Market Team     Design Committee   Downtown Ambassadors    
Derrick Billings                     Martha Burk                Jean Bruner Jachino
Gemma Billings                   Joann Goetzinger        Martha Smith
Marisa Brooks                     Valerie Dumser            Kirsten Ringer
Don Necessary                   Kathi Builta                   Joel Neal
Theresa Necessary            Marlene Gregor            Ruth Haney
Morgan Schulte                   Nancy Isaacson           Jan Lancaster
Joel Neal                              Karen Schmidt             Michele Pugh
Brad Dearing                        Pamala Eaton
Lindsey Powell
Rachel Wickart

Promotions Committee             Economic Vitality       Organization
Carmen Shaffer                              Austin Grammer        Bobby Castillo
Morgan Schulte                              Ken Springer              Jonell Kehias
Marisa Brooks                                Aimee Ingalls             Georgia Bouda
Tiffany Anderson                            Amy Denham             Justin Boyd
Nina Gorden                                   Larry Johnson           Jack Bataoel
Levi Champion                                Reg Bernard             Jamie Mathy
Catherine Dunlap                           Jeff Woodard
Julie Kubsch                                   David Park
Jeffrey Sherwood                           Joe Haney
J Balmer
Joel Neal
Jeremy Plue

DBA Members 2015

Dave and Brad Park Park Stoutamoyer
Rick Kline Country Financial
Bobby Vericela RJV Properties
Margaret Davis Epiphany Farms
Gaye Beck Beck’s Family Florist
Andy Streenz Bill’s Key and Lock
Ruth and Joe Haney Haney Rental
Elizabeth Bobzbay
Amy Hoffmann That Dapper Pet Boutique and Grooming Spa
Jennifer Boddie J Bo’s Handbags
Russel Francois Francois Associates
Nancy Ammerman Heartland Bank
Herb and Pam Eaton Eaton Gallery
Sandy Vogel Vogel’s Tailor Shop
Brad and Ronda Glenn Glenn Law Offices
Jeff Secord IPI Wealth Management
Mike Dolan Pantagraph Printing
Marianne Minis A Dash of Splash
Kelly Mathy Kelly’s Bakery and Café
Vicki Tilton Permanent Makeup
Bob and Sue Floyd West Bloomington Residents
Sallie Boyce Heritage Enterprises
Georgia Bouda Bloomington Public Library
Kyle Ham Economic Development Council
Marlene Gregor Gregor Gallery
Julie Workman Mid-Illini Credit Union
Crystal Howard CVB
Denise Geske Fox & Hounds
Terry Small Crossroads
Char Huff /Mel Walker Char Huff
Tim Nurnberger Timothy Kent Gallery
Ron Crick Downtown Resident
Angel Ambrose Fine Art Studio
Jamie Mathy Red Raccoon Games
Merle and Carol Huff Ensenberger Building
Karen Schmidt Alderman, Ward 6
Julie Kubsch Specs Around Town
Sherri Strandberg Strand Salon

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There’s Life Downtown!

For many, Memorial Day weekend is the official start of the summer season. Pools open, decks get scrubbed, container plants are in full bloom, and people welcome a chance to reconnect with their friends and neighbors after a long winters’ nap. This is especially true in downtown Bloomington, where people love to spend weekends at our award winning Farmers’ Market, participate in an outdoor painting festival, or simply sit and relax in an outdoor cafe, enjoying an evening meal or an iced latte.
This summer we have a great lineup of fun planned for you downtown – On June 6 we welcome the return of the Bloomington Route 66 Cruise-In event – Classic, antique and vintage vehicles will be on display throughout the square, and there will be live music by The Shakes. The Cruisin’ With Lincoln on 66 Visitor’s Center will be open at the Museum of History, as they continue their Grand Opening Celebrations! If you haven’t checked it out yet, you are in for a TREAT!

The Annual GLT Summer Concert is the best street party in town. We close down the corner of Jefferson & Center Streets in downtown Bloomington, IL and invite you to spend the evening with us. Cold beer, festival food, and some of the best music you’ll ever hear.
5:00 pm – Doug MacLeod 6:30 pm – the Hot Sardines 8:30 pm – Jason D. Williams

And Don’t Forget our regular FIRST FRIDAY evenings – each month we extend or business hours and invite you to check us out. Did you know we have more than 35 specialty retailers. 19 eateries, from fine dining to pub favorite, Major entertainment venues,  25 art galleries, and 15 great night spots including a brand new jazz cafe? That’s right – Jazz UP Front officially opens Wednesday,May 27  at 107 W. Front Street ( formerly Mugshots). Great live music in a contemporary urban setting.

Plan some Down Time today, and visit your City Center. We’ve got something for everyone.

BLOG ENTRY – Small Business Saturday

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...”So go downtown! Things will be great when you’re downtown – No finer place for sure. Downtown – Everything’s waiting for you!” 

I love this empowering anthem. I want to sing it, no SHOUT it out to those who haven’t yet discovered all that downtown Bloomington has to offer! ( I know – that’s hard to imagine!) If you are someone who only ventures downtown when you get called to serve jury duty, I invite you to check us out on November 29 – SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY – 29 of our small, locally owned businesses are waiting to meet you with a variety of special offers and something you really can’t put a price tag on – one on one personal customer service. Our merchants truly care about your downtown experience, and look forward to helping you with your holiday and personal purchases. Make a day of it! Visit an art gallery, get a massage, enjoy a delicious nosh and make some new friends – Downtown. EVERYTHING’S WAITING FOR YOU… Small Business Saturday Map 2014

Welcome to the Director’s Blog!

When I listen to my favorite carols of the season, which, despite the current trend, does not happen until after Thanksgiving, I am always the most nostalgic when I hear the strains of “Silver Bells.”  “City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style…in the air there’s a feeling of Christmas.” Those opening lyrics take me back to my childhood, when it was my family’s tradition to bundle up and take to our seats in the Country Squire Station Wagon, to, as my father would say, “Go look at the lights.”

For us, that meant traveling from our suburban home on the south side of Chicago into the Windy City. Our destination?  State and Washington Streets, home of Marshall Field and Company and their magnificent animated windows. I can’t remember now if we ever even noticed the cold, or the long lines or the crowds. But I can say with confidence that we all noticed the magic, and that we all still believe.

Now, far too many years later, I love that our city’s center strives to recapture that magic for this community. This year the DBA, along with Bloomington Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts is thrilled to be bringing back the tradition of lighting a community tree – the giant evergreen at Wither’s Park – which we’ll do to kick off our Once Upon a Holiday weekend, December 5 & 6. Carolers will provide a festive backdrop for Mayor Tari Renner when he officially lights up the park at 5:30 pm on Friday December 5. Carolers will then guide people with song into the downtown, where the merchants await to delight you with their LIVE Window Vignettes, our own nostalgic nod to Marshall Field, as well as shopping specials and dedicated, personal customer service that sets our small business owners apart.

On Saturday, December 6, the Jaycees Holiday parade makes its way downtown, which is a great lead-in to the McLean County Museum of History’s annual celebration, “Christmas at the Courthouse.” Talented local community groups will be at the Museum from 11-4 filling the historic rotunda with song, merriment and lots of delightful baked goods! Looking for that one-of-a-kind gift? Downtown Bloomington is home to more than 20 local artists-in-residence who invite you to give the gift of art, for any occasion!


Downtown Holidays at a glance:

Now through January 2 – McLean County Arts Center Holiday Treasures Show and Sale November 22   Indoor Thanksgiving Farmers’ Market  – US Cellular Coliseum November 22 – Illinois Symphony Holiday Pops Concert – Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts December 4 – A Kenny Rogers Christmas  – US Cellular Coliseum December 4 – City of Bloomington Holiday Concert –  Miller Park Pavilion December 5 & 6 – Once Upon a Holiday Weekend – Downtown                             Dec. 5 – Tree Lighting/ Carolers/ Live Windows/Carriage Rides                             Dec. 6 – Holiday Parade/ Christmas at the Courthouse December 5-7 –   The Pantagraph’s Holiday Spectacular Variety show – At the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts  (BCPA) December 6 – Bloomington Parks and Recreation Ugly Sweater Run through Miller Park December 9 – A Celtic Christmas – Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts December 12 – A Christmas Carol – Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts December 13 – Christmas at the Mansions  Historic Homes Tour (various sites) December 20 Dailey and Vincent Christmas Show ( Bluegrass)  BCPA

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month

Child Protection Network

Thirty-one local businesses bring umbrellas indoor for April

Bloomington, IL (March 26, 2014) – Thirty-one local businesses are placing umbrellas on display inside their establishments for the month of April in support of Child Abuse Awareness month. Because umbrellas are the symbol of the Child Protection Network (CPN) of services, local artists were enlisted to create works on umbrellas. The umbrellas will be on display at CPN’s awareness month kick-off event held at the Insideout Accessible Art Gallery at 318 N. Main St. Bloomington on Friday, April 4th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Local partnering businesses will display the umbrella art starting April 11th through April 30th. A community-wide contest will award prizes to individuals who locate the most CPN umbrellas.
“The umbrellas are beautiful and unique, just like the children we are trying to protect,” noted Judy Brucker, Child Protection Network’s CEO. “We appreciate the support of the local businesses who are partnering with us to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect in our community.” For more information about the umbrellas, contest rules and ways to get involved on behalf of community children visit throughout April.
The Child Protection Network supports the rights of children in cases of child abuse and neglect throughout McLean, Livingston and DeWitt Counties.