The Village of Gridley is located in Central Illinois in McLean County at the intersection of U.S. Route 24 and McLean County Road 67. It is situated within 10 miles of Interstate 39 to the west and Interstate 55 to the east, making travel easy. In addition to our quick access to major interstates, Gridley is approximately 20 miles away from Bloomington-Normal and under 60 miles from Peoria, two major Illinois metropolitan areas. This makes it easy for those who hold a job in a different area but want to come home to a quiet, safe environment at the end of the day. Because of our proximity to larger metropolitan areas, our residents are able to benefit from the small town feel of Gridley, while still being able to enjoy the amenities that a bigger city has to offer.
The McLean County Regional Comprehensive Plan presents a guide for sensible growth that supports efficient development, transportation alternatives, suitable housing for a variety of needs, local agriculture, and the enhancement of natural resources, human heritage, and quality of life. Sensible growth recognizes the potential benefits of population and economic growth, but sets high standards to preserve and enhance the community for both present and future generations. It involves the building of livable communities that feature distinctive identities with pedestrian-friendly designs and many social and cultural amenities. It also involves promoting economic growth to provides the jobs and tax base that can help support these amenities.