Millikin Heights is Historic Decatur’s original neighborhood centered around the James Millikin Homestead and anchored by Millikin University, Oakwood Business DistrictDecatur Historic District, and Lincoln Park.

We envision a vibrant healthy Millikin Heights neighborhood to be at its core a place where people want to live.  We are diverse in age, income, ethnicity, and household composition. We endeavor to know our neighbors which builds community and contributes to a safe environment to live, work, and play.  Pride in our neighborhood is demonstrated through well kept homes, businesses, schools, Little Free Libraries, and parks.  The pedestrian and bike friendly nature of our neighborhood supports high impact amenities such as restaurants, shops, schools, and parks.  

There are many reasons to live in Millikin Heights including accessibility, affordability, and amenities. We are convenient to downtown for work or play. Housing is available in a wide range of style and price. The nationally ranked  programs at Millikin University provide a multitude of cultural activities – plays, performances, lectures, and exhibits. Millikin Heights is also home to many museums offering glimpses into our storied past – Staley Museum, Mueller Museum (it’s just across the street from our neighborhood!) African American Museum & Genealogical Society, Oglesby Mansion and the James Millikin Homestead. Shopping, restaurants, and additional entertainment venues are located in the Oakwood Business District. Transportation in and around the neighborhood is facilitated through a network of streets, trails, sidewalks, and public transit.

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Join Millikin Heights and support our continued revitalization! Individuals and businesses that support our mission are invited to join. Annual membership is $10 for individuals and $25 for businesses/institutions.

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