About Monticello

Discover Monticello and Kirby Medical Center

The City of Monticello, Illinois is a classic community with the charm of yesterday, keeping in step with the latest advancements. With Champaign to the northeast and Decatur to the southwest, Monticello is a unique destination spot for tourists and family vacation travelers. Monticello and the surrounding communities of Piatt County are rich in interesting history and cultural heritage. Monticello offers shopping, golfing, hiking and entertainment in a beautiful and attractive atmosphere complete with mature tree-lined streets and breathtaking architecture.

Adventures & Events

Exceptional recreational opportunities await you. Many acres of nature and parks offer golf, basketball, tennis, volleyball, swimming, playgrounds, picnic areas and gazebos for families to gather. Hit the bike and hike trails or enjoy the flower gardens when in bloom and holiday lights when tis-the-season!

Arts & Culture

The vintage downtown area and historic residential districts preserve the integrity and pride Monticello has been coveted for. Our long-standing agricultural heritage, with some of the richest farmland in the world, provides the community with a strong economic base. Topography including picturesque views of charming barns paint the countryside.

Artistic and musical events bring community together and the nearby University of Illinois offers endless cultural events throughout the year on its beautiful campus. Restaurants, clubs, theaters and shopping in nearby Champaign provide pleasure for the palette and a well-deserved evening out on the town.


The Monticello Community Unit School District offers a high school, middle school and three elementary schools. Monticello’s High School has been given the highest ranking of a “10” from GreatSchools.net, with math and reading scores that are well-above the State average. Monticello schools partner with parents and the community to promote excellence in a caring environment in which all students can grow and learn. Their philosophy, “This partnership shall empower all students to develop a strong self-esteem and to become responsible learners and decision-makers. The School District is committed to developing and using a visionary and innovative curriculum and a knowledgeable and dedicated staff.”

The nearby University of Illinois is a world-class leader in education. Illinois alumni have earned Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes and Olympic medals, have orbited the earth, and lead international corporations. The campus offers rich experiences beyond the classroom, from the best performing arts to Big Ten sports.