About Us

Main Street Momence is an Illinois 501c(3) non-profit preservation and economic development organization working to revitalize Momence's pioneer-era downtown district. Our volunteer-driven group aims to preserve and promote the historic, cultural, social and economic vitality of downtown Momence and to foster a spirit of community teamwork that will result in a vibrant and inviting downtown district.

Our program employs as its redevelopment strategy the trademarked “Four-point Approach.”This method encompasses ongoing work in four distinct areas — Design, Economic Restructuring, Promotion and Organization — which, together, comprehensively address the commercial district's revitalization needs. We also hew to Main Street’s accompanying “Eight Guiding Principles,” which stress an incremental process of downtown revitalization, self-help, quality projects and an appreciation of our unique local assets.

Momence is one of only 60 towns in the state of Illinois designated a Main Street community. MSM was inducted into the program in 2005. The program operates out of the office of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity under the auspices of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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"One of Kankakee County's most active, engaged and effective non-profit organizations, Main Street Momence is a vital partner in the regional economic development landscape."

-Mike Van Mill
President/CEO, Economic Alliance of Kankakee County

Recent Events

Carolers performing at the Graham House
December 2nd

Christmas Gathering

This annual Holiday event features the downtown brimming with Holiday Cheer - with special guest Santa and his reindeer, camel rides, horse-drawn sleigh rides, craft shows, and lots more activities for young and old alike. Beautifully decorated store windows in the theme "Christmas Blessings" and the community Christmas Tree warmly welcome visitors to this Momence Holiday Tradition.

Bordertown Haunting Hayride
October 28th

Bordertown Hauntings

The annual downtown trick-or-treating event saw hundreds of visitors brave the cold in order to participate in activities such as cookie decorating, pumpkin decorating, and the haunted house.

Cruise Night on Washington Street
May - August

Cruise Nights

Washington Street Downtown once again came alive with antique and unique "Cool Cars under the Stars" throughout the summer. The public came out to browse, listen to the music, eat some great food, and take a chance on the split the pot drawings held at each event.


Auctioneer Bill Phelps

Annual Community Auction

Sunday, April 29th

Next up - Main Street's Annual Community Auction features a wide variety of items, including furniture, household items and decor, plants for your garden, and much more, which will be awarded to the highest bidder. Items for the auction can either be donated or consigned - so it's a great time to clean out your attic and basement. Auctioneers Bill Phelps and Danny Loftus from River Valley Auctions lead a professional auction - your chance to go home with treasures you didn't know you needed. So come on over to St. Pat's Gym for a day of fun!