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Welcome to Aledo Main Street

Welcome to Aledo! We hope you’ll enjoy a visit to our rural farm community soon to experience our hometown charm, 19th century architecture and slower pace. Aledo, Illinois, with a population of 3,700 is centrally located in Mercer County, about 160 miles west of Chicago and about 45 minutes south of the Quad Cities. Founded in 1855, Aledo is the County Seat of historical Mercer County.

A stroll down Main Street, or through our historic residential neighborhoods, is an architectural history tour, as our town looks much like it did at the turn of the century. Since Aledo is the county seat, the 19,000 residents of Mercer County travel here to shop and conduct business. One trip to Aledo can accomplish a great deal since Aledo has much to offer. The historic downtown business district, located just off the main route of Illinois 17 and 94 is one of which we are justly proud. Spend time browsing through our antique stores, specialty shops and cafes. In 2002, Lt. Governor Corinne Wood designated Aledo as Illinois’ newest Main Street Community.

Aledo is rich in history and there are several opportunities to experience that history first hand. You can have a truly unique bed and breakfast experience at the historic former Mercer County Jail turned into The Slammer Great Escape Bed and Breakfast. In addition, Aledo boasts Mercer County’s oldest family entertainment center with the century old Aledo Opera House. Current, feature-length movies are being presented in the Opera House which was built in 1904 and restored in 2002. You can also step back in time and tour the Mercer County Courthouse. This grand building, built in 1894, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Aledo is home of the Essley-Noble Museum, Rhubarb Festival, Blue Grass Festival, the 150 year old Mercer County Fair, Antique Days, and the Mercer County Speedway.

Aledo is just 45 minutes south of the Quad Cities. Follow Hwy. 67 south from Milan, Illinois, turn west at the stoplight in Viola on to Route 17 which will take you directly to Aledo. If you enjoy a small town atmosphere, a trip to Aledo will be like coming home.


2014 Aledo Main Street Scholarship Winners

The 4th Annual Aledo Main Street Scholarship was awarded
Wednesday, May 7th at the Mercer County High School.

The mission of Aledo Main Street is to honor and preserve our past by continuing to improve the appearance, promote and revitalize Aledo’s central business district through teamwork, promotions and marketing.   This scholarship was therefore created for two reasons.  To promote doing businesses in our community by encouraging people to shop locally and secondly, to assist local students in furthering their education as Main Street understands that the youth of our community are our future. Tonight, Aledo Main Street will award 3 - $600 Scholarships to the top 3 vote getters.

A total of 12 Mercer County High School Seniors applied for this scholarship.  Shoppers who spent money at our local participating businesses were encouraged to vote for their favorite MCHS Senior.  In general, each dollar the shopper spent equated to 1 vote for the student of choice, so $20 spent meant 20 votes for their favorite student.  You might find it interesting to know that within the 24 participating businesses nearly 129,400 votes were cast.  Also, in the past 4 years, over 421,000 votes have cast which equates to over $421,000 re-invested our community.

It is our honor to announce the 2014 Aledo Main Street Scholarship recipients are Michaela Baker, Zane Sackville, & Zeke Snyder.

2014 Aledo Main Street Scholarship Winners

This Scholarship was sponsored by:

Aledo Main Street, Knox Heating & Cooling, Ltd., LaBelliVie Wine & Martini Bar, Wagner Pharmacy, Stuts Drug & Hallmark, Cooper Floor Covering, McKnight Pharmacy, BankORION, The Vintage Button, Boney’s Farm Store, Blessed By Nature, Goldsmith Jewelers, Cokel’s Welding & Muffler Repair, Aledo Pawn & Gun, Curves For Women, Country Financial Agents: Tracy Bigham, Lou Sutton & John Waugh, Rush’s Maytag, Shirt Tales, My Kind of Country, Main Street Antiques, Aledo Flower Shop & Blackhawk Bank & Trust.  

Networking @ Noon

Networking @ Noon
Networking @ Noon
(2nd Tuesday of the month - 1st & 2nd months of the quarter)
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May 13
July 8
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October 14
November 11

Rush Hour
Rush Hour 5:30 pm
(3rd Thursday of the month - 3rd month of the quarter)
March 20
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December 18

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Aledo Main Street was designated an Illinois Premier Main Street Program in 2007 - 2009 with plans to pursue the designation again in 2010. Premier Communities are mature Main Street programs that serve as a model to those just beginning the downtown revitalization process. 

Aledo was originally designated an Illinois Main Street Community in 2002. A designated program has met the National requirements and is successfully applying the Main Street Approach in their communities.  Designated programs receive a full range of services from Illinois Main Street.  To request design assistance from Illinois Main Street Architectural Services, complete this form and return to the Aledo Main Street office.


Premier & Gold Sponsors

City of Aledo Genesis Medical Center Aledo Genesis Senior Living Aledo
201 W. Main St.
Aledo, IL 61231
(309) 582-5171
120 N. College Ave.
Aledo, IL 6231
(309) 582-7241
409 NW Ninth Ave.
Aledo, IL 61231
(309) 582-5301
309 NW Ninth Ave.
Aledo, IL 61231
(309) 582-5361
109 S. College Ave.
Aledo, IL 61231
(309) 582-2112