Paris, Illinois is one of the Midwest’s best-kept community secrets — a town whose values might have been painted by Norman Rockwell, but with eyes wide open to the best promise of the 21st century. It is the home of quiet, safe and supportive lifestyles. Paris appeals to young couples just starting out in life and ready to raise a new generation; to the growing ranks of business professionals who can operate at the end of the fiber optic and satellite communications; and to those ready to retire from the “big city” atmosphere and enjoy life without pressure.
Of course, if you want to jump back into the fast lane, Paris is just a few hours away from Chicago, St. Louis, Indianapolis and Louisville. With commuter airline services just a
half-hour away, you can connect to any spot in the world.
After spending most of the 20th century with little changes, Paris began to grow in the 1980s and 1990s. Paris is as quick to show off its new industrial parks, retail areas and residential subdivisions as it is to guide you through the historic courthouse square or meander through magnificent neighborhoods established back in the 19th century.
Paris has 50-plus organizations that work tirediessly for the community, which include Human Resources Center, Habitat for Humanity, Edgar County Public Health and Edgar County Homeless Organization.
Main Street Paris originated in 1999. On June 22, 2000, Paris became certified as an Illinois Main Street community. The Main Street program, which originated in the Lt. Governor’s office in Springfield, Illinois is now nationwide and has many success stories. Main Street Paris is an organization of community volunteers who care enough about their community to become involved by the giving of time and finances to help improve the community. Their mission is to revitalize downtown Paris as the economic, social and cultural center of the community, making downtown a place to be proud of. Call the Main Street office at 217-463-2611 for more information.