Like many communities, the heart of Bartlett is its downtown. Offering the seat of our municipal government, a Metra commuter train station, the Post Office, the Chamber of Commerce, Arts in Bartlett, the new Depot Museum and a unique variety of dining, shopping, and personal service venues, Downtown Bartlett is rich in history and full of promise for the future.
December 2010 concluded a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district that helped business and property owners renovate their buildings via a program that awarded over $800,000 in rebates to those who reinvested in their properties. The TIF allowed for enhanced streetscape, environmental remediation, wayfinding signage and marketing costs specifically for the downtown area in recent years.
A recently formed Downtown Business Group has formed with the purpose of organizing fun, family-oriented events that draw area residents to the downtown. Girls’ Nights Out, Heritage Days, Holiday Splendor and other events are gaining in popularity with a growing number of participating businesses.Contact the Downtown Business Group to find out what’s happening next.
Bartlett Town Center is a mixed-use development at the intersection of Main Street and Railroad Avenues. Clique Photography, Bartlett Vision, and Fitness Together are long-time Town Center businesses and Town Liquor and Foods opened in fall 2009. The Village currently seeks a restaurant to occupy the northern portion of Bartlett Town Center commercial space. A renovation of the vacant parcel north of Town Center will be done in 2011, creating an attractive recreational space for residents to enjoy and for public events to be held.
The Bartlett Farmers Market draws more than 500 customers per week from mid-June through early September and features a variety of vendors offering produce, fresh cut flowers, jewelry, bread and other food items.
Bartett Plaza is home to the Post Office, Pasta Mia, Kripa Montessori School, Lisa’s School of Dance and several other small businesses. The shopping center owners seek a grocer to occupy a vacant 31,860 square foot space and a business to occupy a 10,000 square foot corner space.
There are numerous unique businesses in Bartlett’s downtown area with the vast majority of them small mom-and-pop establishments. Banbury Fair is a retailer of clothes and antiques also offering an ice cream parlor during the summer and a variety of animals on the premises. TL’s Four Seasons is an award-winning Chinese and Japanese restaurant that has been voted the #1 Chinese restaurant in Chicagoland by Fox News. CVS Pharmacy, Bartlett Sports, Dance Motions, JC Mexican Restaurant, Mar-Val’s Hair Center, Spin Doctor Cyclewerks, carry-out pizzerias, several banks, medical practices and other service providers round out the mix of businesses located in Downtown Bartlett.
Contact Tony Fradin, Economic Development Coordinator, for more information about available space or how to open your business in Downtown Bartlett.