Tiny Illinois Town Named for Best Main Street Shopping
You probably think this is going to be another story about Galena, but it's not. There's another little town in Illinois that has one of the country's best main streets for shopping.
Before we get to which community in the Land of Lincoln is worth a visit for the shops on Main Street, click below for some other small towns in Illinois that should be a destination.
A survey of U.S. small towns by Cheapism, most with populations less than 10,000, listed the best villages in each state for "main street shopping."
Midwestern Towns That Have the Best Main Streets for Shopping
If you want to find unique gifts, explore one-of-a-kind boutiques, and shop in a quaint environment, here are some of the best Midwestern Main Streets for shopping:
According to Cheapism, the Main Street in Madison, Indiana "goes all out for the holidays, but also shines in the offseason with a Main Street district of artisanal candy and coffee shops, restaurants, carriage rides, tours, bed and breakfasts, antique shops, and galleries."
"Art galleries, exhibits, books, film, and live entertainment," are just the beginning of what Decorah, Iowa has to offer, and when visiting Main Street, you're reminded to bring along your "fly fishing gear, along with your love of craft beer, bald eagles, charming downtowns, and your passion for Laura Ingalls Wilder."
This charming little community on Lake Michigan has been called "a combination of New England Charm and Midwestern friendliness." Port, Washington, Wisconsin is just north of Milwaukee and has a Main Street district that's 28 blocks long with "restaurants, entertainment, festivals, events, and water activities."
The Best Main Street for Shopping in Illinois, not Galena
One of Illinois' oldest towns, Lebanon has the famous 'Brick Street' that "takes visitors through a historic shopping district with a playhouse, an arts center, a park, and quaint shops, restaurants, and antique stores."