Welcome

Welcome to the project website for Wilmette’s Central Avenue and Downtown Streetscape Project!

BIG THANKS to the community for participating in the Wilmette Central Avenue and Downtown Streetscape Project. Beginning in the summer of 2018, the design team enjoyed hearing community input about what makes downtown Wilmette so special – and how it can be improved. Feedback was received via the community poll, Music on the Green Event, stakeholder interviews and public meetings. The Streetscape Project is inspired by community members’ creative visioning and practical thinking. For more information about past planning efforts please click here.

The purpose of this website is to continue the communications set forth in the Village of Wilmette’s webpage for the Wilmette Central Avenue and Downtown Streetscape Plan and to provide up to date information about downtown streetscape construction progress.

Streetscape Improvement Areas

  • Wilmette Avenue between the east side of the Union Pacific Railroad and Lake Avenue.
  • Central Avenue between the east side of the Union Pacific Railroad and Sheridan Road.


Streetscape Staging Areas

The streetscape is anticipated to be constructed over 4 stages. Traffic flow, walkways and parking will be redirected for each stage of construction.

Maps of planned construction during each stage may be downloaded here.

  • Stage 1

    Central Avenue:
    construct north side of the roadway & sidewalk

    August 1, 2020 – December 15, 2020

  • Stage 2

    Central Avenue:
    construct south side of the roadway & sidewalk

    August 1, 2020 – December 15, 2020

  • Stage 3

    Wilmette Avenue:
    construct west side of the roadway & sidewalk

    March 1, 2021 – May 30, 2021

  • Stage 4

    Wilmette Avenue:
    construct east side of the roadway & sidewalk

    March 1, 2021 – May 30, 2021

  • Stage 5

    Central Avenue and Wilmette Avenue:
    final paving and finishing touches

    June 1, 2021 – June 30, 2021


How can I get involved?

We understand that construction can be disruptive to downtown businesses and homes. The Village and design team are committed to working with you to minimize construction impacts. Communication is key and there are many ways to get involved:

  • Sign up for Weekly Project Updates: Go to www.Wilmette.com. Click on ‘Village E-mail List’ in the left menu bar of the homepage, then choose ‘Central Avenue Project Updates‘.
  • Attend a drop-in construction meeting. See Project News for dates, times, and locations.
  • Share Input with us 24/7
  • Get in touch with a project contact.


This project taps into two federal funding sources, Surface Transportation Urban (STU) funding and Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) funding. New water main installation is not eligible under either federal funding source and will be constructed with local Village of Wilmette funds.