Downtown, Carbondale, IL

Downtown Neighborhood Guide Carbondale, IL


Downtown Carbondale, Illinois is a vibrant and lively neighborhood, teeming with activity and spirit. It's known for its unique boutiques, flourishing arts scene, and diverse dining options. The neighborhood is structured around Illinois Avenue and Main Street, with Illinois Route 13 running conveniently along its southern edge. Additionally, it houses the Southern Illinois University, making it a bustling hub of education and youthful exuberance.

What You Will Love About Downtown, Carbondale, Illinois

  • The academic vibe with the Southern Illinois University at its heart.
  • The bustling nightlife, filled with various entertainment options such as bars, live music, and theater performances.
  • The diverse cuisine with an array of restaurants to choose from, serving everything from American comfort food to exotic international delicacies.
  • A vibrant arts scene with multiple galleries, exhibitions, and local craft stores.

What's Nearby

Just a short distance from Downtown Carbondale is the beautiful Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge. The neighborhood also sits close to the Shawnee National Forest, making it an ideal location for nature lovers and outdoor adventurers. A short drive east will take you to Marion, another bustling town in Illinois.


Downtown Carbondale offers a unique blend of small-town charm with the vigor and vitality of a university town. It's a hub of education, arts, and culture, presenting an appealing lifestyle to students, professionals, and families alike. Outdoor activities and natural beauty are within arm's reach, while its diverse dining and shopping amenities cater to a wide range of tastes and preferences.

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Explore the Neighborhood

There are 84 restaurants, 21 grocery stores, and 7 parks within a mile of the Downtown neighborhood.


    Retail, Discount Store, Food and Beverage Retail, Grocery Store

    0.3 miles

    301 E Walnut St

    Eastgate Shopping Center

    Retail, Shopping Plaza

    0.5 miles

    622 E Walnut St


    Retail, Drugstore, Food and Beverage Retail, Grocery Store

    0.7 miles

    915 W Main St

    Han's Market

    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Grocery Store

    1.0 mile

    863 E Grand Ave

    University Mall

    Retail, Shopping Mall

    1.2 miles

    1237 E Main St

    International Grocery

    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Grocery Store

    1.3 miles

    1811 W Main St

Downtown Apartments and Rentals

56 Rental properties in Downtown, Carbondale, IL.

  • University Village property


    University Village

    1–4 Beds • 1–2 Baths

    650–1066 Sqft

    Available 8/16

  • Reserve At Saluki Pointe property


    Reserve At Saluki Pointe

    2–4 Beds • 2–4 Baths

    995–1619 Sqft

    8 Units Available

  • Pointe at SIU property


    Pointe at SIU

    2–3 Beds • 2–3 Baths

    849–1049 Sqft

    Available Now

  • 406 W Sycamore St property


    406 W Sycamore St

    2 Beds • 1 Bath

    1150 Sqft

    Available Now

  • 1000 E Grand Ave property


    1000 E Grand Ave

    2 Beds • 1 Bath

    750 Sqft

    1 Unit Available

  • 1433 E Walnut St property


    1433 E Walnut St

    2 Beds • 1 Bath

    800 Sqft

    1 Unit Available

Cost of Living

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Downtown Transportation

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Carbondale Station

Train Stop

401 S Illinois Ave


Train Stop

401 S Illinois Ave

Bus Station

Bus Stop

401 S Illinois Ave


Downtown Schools