About Shimer Square

Shimer Square is a comprehensive redevelopment of a former college campus into a mixture of housing, business, and community amenities.

Located at 203 E. Seminary Street, the campus consists of 14 acres of park-like campus located in the center of Mount Carroll, Illinois. The campus contains many older buildings, some buildings date back as far as to 1905. All are in need of repair and restoration. There are 17 total buildings on site. 

GROWTH’s goals and objectives for Shimer Square is to incorporate a dynamic mixture of uses while putting the historic properties back into a tax generating status for the benefit of Mount Carroll residents, businesses, and visitors. The end result will also increase employment opportunities and engage area residents through programmed activities.

Projected redevelopment costs exceed $60 million with work anticipated to take over five to seven years to complete.