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Welcome to Bureau County

Located between the Quad Cities and Chicago, nestled in the middle of North Central Illinois heartland, Bureau County is a hidden treasure full of a cornucopia of simple pleasures. One never knows what they may find!

Between a summer full of exciting seasonal festivities, parkside Shakespeare plays, an assortment of unique and interesting shops and everything in between, we are positive you will discover so much to love about Bureau County, our beloved home, and share experience you can only find by taking a step off the beaten path.

So, take a moment to look around and discover Bureau County for yourself. We can't wait to see you! ..More Info

News & Announcements

  • The Princeton Public LibraryWhat's Happening This Week ~ Monday ~ Monday Night Movie @ 6:30 p.m. Tuesday ~ Preschool Story Ti...March 2nd, 2015
  • Let's get rid of February and start March with some fun in Bureau County..February 28th, 2015 Soup Supper
    The Bureau County Open Door 4H club will host their annual chili and soup dinner from 5 to 7:30 at the First United Methodist Church in Princeton. Adults are $5, kids under 5 are free. Included in the menu is chili, vegetarian chili or chicken noodle soup.

    February 28th, 2015 -- March 1st, 2015
    Photography Unlimited Show
    The Prairie Arts Council will welcome Princeton’s Photography Unlimited Club during the month of February as they exhibit some of their members’ most recent photographic works in the gallery of the Prairie Arts Center in Princeton - 24 Park Ave East. The exhibit will run through March 1 in the gallery of the Prairie ArtsCenter in Princeton. The exhibit can be viewed from during open hours, 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays, and 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sunday. This exhibit is free and open to the public.

    February 28th, 2015
    Coffeehouse Show Princeton
    Wisconsin singer/songwriter Peter Mulvey will return for a performance at the Princeton Coffeehouse at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28. A favorite of coffeehouse fans, he last appeared here three years ago. The Princeton Coffeehouse offers traditional and modern folk, blues and bluegrass music monthly from August to May. For more information, visit or call 815-872-6501.

    The performance of Ana Egge at the Coffeehouse, originally scheduled for February, will take place March 28.

    The Princeton Coffeehouse is located at the Open Prairie UCC Church, 25 E. Marion St. in downtown Princeton. The venue is completely accessible and there is ample free parking. Admission is $15 at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. Fair trade coffee, tea and homemade desserts are available.

    February 28th, 2015
    Night at the Races - Horse Racing video fundraiser at Bureau County Fairgrounds. Call 815-303-2905 for ticket purchase or email

    March 5th, 2015 Cherry Pie social
    Cherry “Monthly Pie and Coffee Retiree Social Hours” with the “Templeton Family Band” from 1:30 – 3:30 at the Cherry Church Hall

    March 6th, 2015 First Friday
    Stop at Princeton’s Art District for a First Friday St. Patrick’s Day event with Irish craft beer sampling, photo booth, spa pampering and fun shopping too

    March 7th, 2015 Vendor Show
    March Into Spring Vendor Show 10 a.m. -3 p.m. Uncle Stewey’s Roadhouse 225 E. St. Paul Spring Valley Proceeds to benefit Hall Twp. Food Pantry

    March 7th, 2015 Smoker - SV Fire Dept
    Spring Valley Fire Department 3nd Annual Smoker Spring Valley Boat Club, Doors open at 6pm Tickets: $15 per person Includes Family style chicken, soda, beer, & Entertainment Gun raffle provided by: Mean Metal Guns *Tickets available from any SVFD member or the day of the event at the door*For additional information please contact: Committee chairman: Chris Insco (815)866-5638 Committee chairman: Jim Parlier (815)343-6881 Or Spring Valley Fire Department (815)664-5160

    March 7th, 2015 Painting class
    Paint Until You Drop! At Prairie Arts Council, 24 S Main St, Princeton. This is a day of non-stop painting, open to the public. This is an opportunity for continuous, intensive painting of your choice of subject and media. Participants of all skill levels, ages 16 and up, will be able to work alongside artists members and students to develop their artistic vision, sharpen skills and energize their studio experience through painting in a relaxed environment. 1st Saturday of the Month March 7, 10:00 – 3:00 $15 full day/$8 half day

    March 7th, 2015 Mother Son Ball
    Mother-Son Ball at the Bureau County Metro Center. Entry fee includes a dessert buffet, music to dance to with your little guy, and a snapshot to remember the evening!

    March 7th, 2015 Draw Down
    The Princeton Lions Club will host its annual drawdown and dance March 7 at the Princeton Elks Lodge. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and the drawdown will begin at 7 p.m. Rodeo Drive will perform. Tickets are $35 per couple and includes dinner for two. Only 200 tickets will be available. Tickets can be purchased at the Princeton Elks Lodge, Cannon Cleaners or from any Princeton Lions Club member. All proceeds go to Princeton Lions Club projects. For more information, call Lewis at 815-872-1506 or Jim at 815-872-6181.

    March 7th, 2015 Beard Contest
    Beard Contest Signup for Ladd’s 125th Anniversary Beard Contest will be from noon to 1:30pm at Rip’s Tavern.

    March 8th, 2015 Christian concert
    The Kramers will be in concert at the Van Orin Gospel Church at 5 p.m Sunday.

    March 8th, 2015 Music in Spring Valley
    Last Honky Tonk Music Series w/Brigitte London & Craig Gerdes Uncle Stewy's Roadhouse 225 E. St. Paul Street, Spring Valley 8 p.m.

    March 8th, 2015 Motorcycle Swap Meet
    The Walneck's Motorcycle Swap Meet will be held on Sunday, March 8, 2015 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bureau County Fairgrounds, 811 W Peru St, Princeton, IL. Antique, Classic, American, British and Modern, Dirt Bikes, parts, Leather, T Shirts, Jewelry, Novelties and More. Admission $6. Under 14 are free. For info call 630-985-2097 or see Also November 22, 2015.
    - The Princeton CoffeehouseFebruary 28th, 2015
  • The Manlius Sportsmen's Club will be having its annual Wild Game Supper on Saturday, February 28 from 5p.m. to 8p.m. The cost is $20 for a membership and this allows the member and a guest to attend the supper. New members are welcomed.February 23rd, 2015
  • It has been too cold to go out all week. Here's some great chances to go out and have fun in Bureau County this weekend.
    Bluegrass Jam -The First Lutheran Church of Princeton is the location for the Bluegrass, Gospel and Country Music Jam from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday night, 2-20-15 116 N Pleasant Street. Jams are the 3rd Friday of every month. For info all 815-875-2057.

    Lenten Fish Fries begin - St Louis Catholic Church 4:30 - 7:00 and Spring Valley Boat Club from 5-8. St. Thomas More in Dalzell will host a fish fry from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, following the 4 p.m. Mass and stations. The cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children ages 5-10 and free for children under 5 years old. The menu includes fish, fries, coleslaw, bread, drink and dessert.
    On Feb 27th The Ohio Booster Club will have a fish fry from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Ohio school and Pipes Pub in Ohio. $7 for adults and $6 for senior citizens. For carry outs call 376-4414.

    Winter Garage Sale at the Princeton VFW on Friday and Saturday. For more info or to make a donation of items to sell call the Legion Post at 815-872-1171 or Brad Oeder at 815-866-9349

    Family Movie A free family movie night, sponsored by the Wyanet United Methodist Church, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at the church, 112 W. Main St. in Princeton. The movie will be "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day." Refreshments will be served after the movie.

    Spaghetti Dinner The First Christian Church of Walnut will hold its 26th annual Spaghetti Supper from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for 3-12. Ca;; 815-379-2093 for info.

    February 21st, 2015 Dive In Movie
    Come to the "Dive In" Movie at the Metro Center Pool in Princeton. Relax in the pool on your inner tube or sit poolside and enjoy the new release movie. 5-7 p.m. Free

    February 21st, 2015 Brew HaHa
    The Princeton Park District Foundation presents Brew HaHa - Comedians, silent auction and raffle with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. Tickets $30 each Call 872-0840 for reservations

    PHS Trivia Night at A Hundred Acres Orchard. Doors open at 6 and trivia starts at 7 p.m. Call for tickets 872-0957

    Pancake Breakfast
    The Walnut Winners 4-H Club will host its annual all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p;.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, at the Walnut Senior Citizens Center on Main Street in Walnut. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for ages 6-12. Carry-outs will be available.

    Photography Unlimited Show
    The Prairie Arts Council will welcome Princeton’s Photography Unlimited Club during the month of February as they exhibit some of their members’ most recent photographic works in the gallery of the Prairie Arts Center in Princeton - 24 Park Ave East. The exhibit will run through March 1 in the gallery of the Prairie Arts Center in Princeton. The exhibit can be viewed from during open hours, 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays, and 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sunday. This exhibit is free and open to the public.
    February 20th, 2015
  • Course Preview of the Hennepin 100 Race

    Saturday, March 28at 10:00am
    The Hennepin Hundred
    What better way to spend opening day of the Trails nationwide then to preview a section of the historic Hennepin Hundred race course. This is northwest Illinois's newest trail running event that makes the most of the Hennepin Canal trail. This point to point ultra-marathon allows runners a chance to pass through many unique towns and countryside.

    When: March 28th, 10 am to March 29th
    Where: Lock 17 on the Hennepin Canal trail. Wyanet, IL

    This day is about enjoying the trail. Bring your family, run, bike, hike, sit and socialize! It will also be a great day to learn more about volunteering for the Hennepin Hundred race on September 12 & 13th if that is more your style! Everyone that loves trails and the Hennepin Canal trail is welcome to come! Photographer extraordinaire, Scott Laudick of Runnerpics will be there capturing the beauty of the day. Nick and Tony from Runispiration Project will be there filming the day!

    The course preview will start midway on the actual race course at Lock 17. This is a great area to watch for Bald eagles. They nest all along the canal. Join us for a overnight stay at the campground on Lock 17 of the Hennepin Canal Trail!

    Arrive Saturday and set up camp then head out for an out an back run on the trail. We will have a family style picnic in the evening. Everyone can bring a dish to share, then your own meat or main dish.

    Sunday morning find some pals and head out for another out and back run/walk or bike on the trail. We will set up a small unmanned water station.

    The Hennepin Hundred is being hosted by MUDD and Trails for Illinois. These organizations have a passion for trails and are dedicated to connecting communities to trails statewide. Proceeds from the race will go directly towards improving the Hennepin Canal State Trail and raise the profile of this historic corridor! Trails for Illinois is a non profit organization. Be sure to check out their website at . You can learn more about MUDD and stewardship opportunities at

    Questions and to RSVP contact:
    Michele Hartwig:
    Steve Buchtel:

    We will be sending out an email with more information closer to the date! Happy trails everyone!
    Trails For Illinois | Connecting Communities To Trails StatewideWe build a trail corps, go bike camping, start work on an urban bike park, create a 100 mile foot ra...February 17th, 2015
  • Our Famous Fish Fries have returned for another season! Starting Wednesday, Feb 18th, Spring Valley Boat Club will start Lent with the best Icelandic Cod in the Valley. Hand-cut nice and thick and priced right is a tradition at the boat club. Order it baked or hand-battered and your meal will come with baked potato or fries and tasty slaw for only $9, add a quarter for carryout. After this Wednesday, you can join us each and every Friday night through April 3rd to visit and enjoy. Serving 5 pm till 8 pm. Carry-outs welcome (815) 664-2609.February 16th, 2015
  • Wyanet Chicken Fry tonight at the VFW and then you can take your sweetie to the Nightmare on Fairgrounds Road "Mend your Broken Heart" haunted house. Bundle up everyone, it's nasty out there!February 14th, 2015
  • The fire has been contained and the movies will go on as planned.Apollo Theater PrincetonI just spoke to the Fire chief and he said we should be good to go for teh 4:15 & 4:30 show. Hope to...February 14th, 2015
  • Don't know what to do with your sweetheart for Valentine's Day...we have just the things for you to do - and they are all close to home too!
    The Princeton Elks Lodge will host a Valentine’s Day dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, with music provided by The Generics Goodies Band. For more information, call the Elks Lodge at 815-875-2185.

    February 13th, 2015 -- February 14th, 2015
    "Nightmare Mends Your Broken Heart" special Valentine's Haunted House by the crew of Nightmare on Fairgrounds Road at Bureau County Fairgrounds 7-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $5 admission.

    February 13th, 2015 Valentine's Concert
    The Covered Bridge Chorus will present a Valentine concert at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 in the auditorium of the Prairie Arts Center, 24 Park Ave. East in Princeton. The concert will feature such iconic tunes of the season as “My Wild Irish Rose,” “Let me call you Sweetheart” and “Heart of my Heart.” Admission is by donation only. Reservations are suggested but not required. Call 815-875-2787.
    February 14th, 2015
    The Dover Berlin 4-H Club will have a Valentine bake and craft sale beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at Tractor Supply Co. (TSC) in Princeton. Proceeds will assist the club in its planned community service projects.

    February 14th, 2015 -- February 15th, 2015
    Photography Unlimited Show
    The Prairie Arts Council will welcome Princeton’s Photography Unlimited Club during the month of February as they exhibit some of their members’ most recent photographic works in the gallery of the Prairie Arts Center in Princeton - 24 Park Ave East. The exhibit will run through March 1 in the gallery of the Prairie ArtsCenter in Princeton. The exhibit can be viewed from during open hours, 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays, and 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sunday. This exhibit is free and open to the public.

    And a few for early next week too. February 17th, 2015
    Photography Classes “What you want, is not always what you get” at Prairie Art's Council. Princeton, IL 24 Park Ave E.
    Understanding your camera and how to use it to get the best photographs possible; this informative class will be taught by Stephen Beatty, a Princeton native with many years of experience in photographing weddings, portraits and business events. Be sure to bring your camera and questions.
    Members - $18, non-members $25. Tues. evenings, Feb. 10 and Feb. 17, 7:00 – 9:00p.m.

    February 17th, 2015 Bingo at the Moose
    The Princeton Moose Lodge will host a bingo night at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and sandwiches will be available for purchase. The lodge will continue to host bingo the first and third Tuesday of each month. The lodge is at 1339 N. Euclid Ave. in Princeton. For more information, call the lodge at 815-879-5261.
    Nightmare On Fairgrounds Road Presented By Bureau County Fair - Princeton Illinois© 2015 Nightmare on Fairgrounds Road presented by Bureau County FairAll Rights Reserved | The Burea...February 12th, 2015
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Featured Events Around Bureau County

Z-Tour Bike Ride

Z-Tour Bike Ride

This road ride provides you a chance to enjoy some of the best bike roads that northwest Illinois has to offer. The routes will feature loops that incorporate hills, rolling terrain, beautiful views of Bureau Creek with minimal traffic.

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Festival 56

Festival 56

Festival 56 is a professional theatre festival located in Princeton, Illinois, offering a season of ten plays and musicals each year including free, outdoor Shakespeare in the Park.

Visit Festival 56
Homestead Festival

Homestead Festival

A city-wide celebration for everyone to enjoy with an ice cream social, street dance, book sale, window displays, horse wagon rides, flea market, arts and crafts show, pork bbq, local talent showcase, parade, and beer garden.

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Barn Quilts of Bureau County

Barn Quilts of Bureau County

Barn Quilts of Bureau County is designed to celebrate Bureau County's rich agricultural heritage, showcase our rural areas, and promote agritourism, the arts, and a sense of community pride.

Learn More About Our Quilts
Bureau County Fair

Bureau County Fair

Our Fair is one of Illinois' longest running fairs. Make your way to this exciting event each year to enjoy such thrilling attractions as carnival, concert, thrill shows, chain saw carvers, tractor pulls, and demolition derby

Visit Our Fair
Shadows of the Blue & Gray

Shadows of the Blue & Gray

The most authentic and spectacular Civil War reenactment in Illinois with period dance, crafts from the era by period artisans; talented storytellers and musicians; and a Barn Dance and Night Cannon Firing to bring the times alive!

Visit Shadows of the Blue & Gray