Uptown experienced a significant transformation during the past several years, and while the refreshing signs of ongoing change are still present, the effects of the extensive revitalization efforts are now evident throughout the district. Streets and sidewalks, completely rebuilt in 2009, are bustling with activity. Stores and restaurants, both old and new, are full of people. Plus, the brand new, full service Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center can accommodate events of all sizes or a weekend getaway!
Uptown Normal is a unique destination. It is easy to spend an entire day discovering the district, including the one-of-a-kind locally owned businesses, the three-story Children's Discovery Museum, the Historic Normal Theatre, and more. Multiple parking decks, surface parking lots, and on-street parking makes visiting Uptown by car easy (and particularly fun thanks to the new roundabout!). However, wide sidewalks, plenty of benches and bicycle racks, and access to the community's multipurpose Constitution Trail also make it a breeze to visit Uptown on foot or by bicycle.
This is a place for everyone. Residents and visitors alike will find plenty to enjoy in Uptown, and there is always something new to experience in the district. Seasonal events like the Sweet Corn and Blues Festival and the Sugar Creek Arts Festival, one of the region's largest juried art shows, are just a few more reasons among the many to spend some time in Uptown.
Uptown Normal invites you to visit old favorites and discover new ones today!