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Historic Downtown Overview

Historic Downtown Overview 2017-01-29T14:35:03+00:00

Visit Beautiful Downtown Shelbyville Illinois

Experience the small-town charms of Downtown Shelbyville.downtown-lake-shelbyville-illinois-historic-shopping-district-4

Since it’s founding in 1827, our downtown has been the vibrant heart of our community.

Is history is your passion?

Explore tree lined brick streets throughout the neighborhood as you trace the steps of our most famous visitor Abraham Lincoln. Downtown Shelbyville boasts three Looking for Lincoln kiosks to help guide your walking tour.

downtown-lake-shelbyville-illinois-historic-shopping-district-2If artistic endeavors tickle your fancy, uncover the life and works of Shelbyville’s American tonalist son Robert Root.

If shopping is your game, shop our blocks downtown to find an eclectic mix of shops and galleries to fill an afternoon outing.

Looking for a diversion after dark? Come downtown to catch a movie, enjoy live music or simply relax over dinner with friends.

downtown-lake-shelbyville-illinois-historic-shopping-district-1Are you an architecture and art buff? Go on our CityWalk.  The downtown area offers an impressive collection intact and beautifully restored late 19th and early 20th century civic, commercial and residential buildings. The entire downtown neighborhood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

If going local is your thing, downtown hosts Scarecrow Daze, Shelbyville’s largest annual early fall community fest as well as all-ages events throughout the year.downtown-lake-shelbyville-illinois-historic-shopping-district-3

Looking for a little people watching? Grab a seat at the Sister City Park at Main and Broadway. The mini-park commemorates Shelbyville’s close ties to our Sister City, Okuwa Village, Japan.

Come on out and discover downtown Shelbyville!