Downtown Bloomington is a vibrant, urban district with a variety of choice living options including lofts, apartments, and condos amidst restaurants, stores, bars, art galleries, all within a 30-block area.
Experience Life Downtown! Living in downtown Bloomington provides a great residential experience. Parking, trash removal and recycling, and residential services are a few of the logistics you may want to know more about. If this is your first foray into living in an apartment then you may want to be aware that tenant checks from services like AAOA can be conducted when you apply, so it is important to make sure that you have the relevant information ready.
Trash Collection & Recycling
Trash: Residents without access to a dumpster may utilize on-street trash receptacles which are emptied daily by the City of Bloomington Public Works Department.
Recycling: Plastic, glass, paper, and cardboard can be disposed of at the Monroe Centre, 200 W. Monroe Street, in the corresponding blue recycling receptacles. Additional Recycling bins, provided by the City of Bloomington, can be found on Front Street next to Rosie’s (106 E. Front).
- Monthly parking pass in the public garages-call Cheryl Dowdy at 434.2207. The Market St. garage is located on Center Street between Market & Monroe Streets. The Lincoln lot is located on East and Front Streets.
- Monthly parking in a private garage-call Dave Park at 829.3331 for parking in the garage on Main and Jefferson Streets.
- Limited on-street parking after 6 p.m. These spaces are used by visitors to patronize our many merchants and services, so please use this option sparingly.
Guidelines for overnight on-street parking:
You can park from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. on the west and north sides of the streets Monday, Wednesday, and Sundays; and on the east and south sides of the streets on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. This rotation enables the city to sweep the streets. You may only park once each day in the same block. Read street signage carefully as other parking requirements may apply.
Groceries & Conveniences
- Common Ground, 516 N. Main St., organic produce and natural foods; freshly made sandwiches to-go.
- Kroger, 1502 N. Main St.
- From May to October, the downtown square has a Farmers’ Market every Saturday morning from 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. where locally-grown produce, meat, and more are available.
- Indoor Markets occur at the McLean County Museum of History, 200 N. Main St. beginning on Saturday, December 21 from 10 am – 12 pm and continue on each third Saturday of the month through April. Live entertainment, local goods, and free access to the Museum.
- Downtown Bloomington has a post office, located at 400 N. Center Street, on the corner of Monroe and Center streets. Hours are M-F 8:30-4:30
Entertainment and Arts
- Bloomington Center for Performing Arts,
- Bloomington Public Library, 205 E. Olive
- McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East
- McLean County Museum of History, 200 N. Main St.
- Bloomington Ice Center, 201 S. Roosevelt
- Grossinger Motors Arena101 South Madison
Restaurants & Nightlife
Downtown Bloomington is home to 20 unique eateries that range from casual fare to fine dining. In addition, there are 10 nightlife spots, many with live music, providing the perfect ending to an evening Downtown!
City Council Representation
The two city council members representing the Downtown are:
Jennifer Jazmin Carrillo Gomez, Ward 6
Julie Emig, Ward 4
Bloomington Police Non Emergency
In the event of an emergency, please call 911. For non-emergencies, or to report suspicious activity, please call the police dispatch center 820-8888