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Welcome to Bureau County Tourism

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

  • **Age’s Victory Course**

CrossFit56 and Princeton POMS are joining forces to bring you Age’s Victory Course. We want to come together as a community for Age. We are holding a Victory “Course” and silent auction on March 3rd from 12-3pm at CrossFit56.

Age(3) was diagnosed with Stage 3 Wilm's Tumor on his left kidney on October 27, 2017. The mass and kidney were removed. Age underwent radiation and is currently receiving chemotherapy.

He was also diagnosed with a secondary condition where eventually his remaining kidney would go into complete failure. This requires a kidney transplant after two years of remission and chemotherapy.

Age is currently on dialysis. The Gerber family is currently traveling between hospitals frequently.

Let’s come together as a community and show our support for Amazing Age!

Please help us spread the word for this event to make it a great success!! Lots of local goodies and fun for kids!**Age’s Victory Course**

    CrossFit56 and Princeton POMS are joining forces to bring you Age’s Victory Course. We want to come together as a community for Age. We are holding a Victory “Course” and silent auction on March 3rd from 12-3pm at CrossFit56.

    Age(3) was diagnosed with Stage 3 Wilm's Tumor on his left kidney on October 27, 2017. The mass and kidney were removed. Age underwent radiation and is currently receiving chemotherapy.

    He was also diagnosed with a secondary condition where eventually his remaining kidney would go into complete failure. This requires a kidney transplant after two years of remission and chemotherapy.

    Age is currently on dialysis. The Gerber family is currently traveling between hospitals frequently.

    Let’s come together as a community and show our support for Amazing Age!

    Please help us spread the word for this event to make it a great success!! Lots of local goodies and fun for kids!
    View on FacebookFebruary 23rd, 2018
  • Bureau County: Interstate 180 exit 12 (Illinois 26) is closed because of flooding. #ilwx #ILtrafficBureau County: Interstate 180 exit 12 (Illinois 26) is closed because of flooding. #ilwx #ILtraffic
    View on FacebookFebruary 20th, 2018
  • Save the date! 
Next Saturday (24th)we will have a FREE showing of the heart warming family film "We bought a Zoo"  , sponsored by the new owners of TANKS Pet Supply/Boek-el-ZOO because well, they bought a Zoo (just smaller and right here in Princeton!!) 
Doors for the movie open at 9 (movie starts at 9:30 am)  and I have been told Lori and Chad might bring some friends over to say hi! 
Like, share and comment on this status to win 2 free tickets to any movie!Save the date!
    Next Saturday (24th)we will have a FREE showing of the heart warming family film "We bought a Zoo" , sponsored by the new owners of TANKS Pet Supply/Boek-el-ZOO because well, they bought a Zoo (just smaller and right here in Princeton!!)
    Doors for the movie open at 9 (movie starts at 9:30 am) and I have been told Lori and Chad might bring some friends over to say hi!
    Like, share and comment on this status to win 2 free tickets to any movie!
    View on FacebookFebruary 18th, 2018
  • Rumble for the Kids tickets on sale at these fine locations. In Princeton The Elks Lodge at 1105 E Peru st. The Moose Lodge at 1339 N Euclid Ave.  Grandma Rosie's Sweet Treats at 920 W Peru st. ServiceMaster DSI at 123 W Progress drive. In Spring Valley at Grandma Rosie's Sweet Treats at 502 S Spaulding st. In Peru at Farmers Insurance- Katrina Corries Office 2425 4th st. in Dixon at State Farm Insurance - Gary Presley Office at 221 Crawford Ave. In Annawan at Country Insurance- Mike Geuns Office at 305 W Front st.Rumble for the Kids tickets on sale at these fine locations. In Princeton The Elks Lodge at 1105 E Peru st. The Moose Lodge at 1339 N Euclid Ave. Grandma Rosie's Sweet Treats at 920 W Peru st. ServiceMaster DSI at 123 W Progress drive. In Spring Valley at Grandma Rosie's Sweet Treats at 502 S Spaulding st. In Peru at Farmers Insurance- Katrina Corries Office 2425 4th st. in Dixon at State Farm Insurance - Gary Presley Office at 221 Crawford Ave. In Annawan at Country Insurance- Mike Geuns Office at 305 W Front st.
    View on FacebookFebruary 16th, 2018
  • We were very excited to be able to present the DNR a check for $5,000.00 to be used towards refurbishing historic Hennepin bridge #15. This donation came from a combo of Trails for Illinois fundraisers by Lauren Wills, Bill Pomerenke, David Failing, Ken Hannah, & Stormy Kies, and a donation from the race. 

The restoration will be done this summer, so be sure to admire this 100+ year old bridge on race day. This bridge is at Ten Junk Miles/Flatlanders aid station #8/13. The 2018- 50 mile & team relay finisher medals are being designed to look like this special bridge.

Pictured is Hennepin trail dreamers & believers- Lauren Wills, Daisy the dog, Michele Hartwig, Cathy Meschke Foes, Steve Buchtel, Ed Mayhew, Dianna Skowera, and Tom Vandemore. A sincere thank you to the many people that made this possible.We were very excited to be able to present the DNR a check for $5,000.00 to be used towards refurbishing historic Hennepin bridge #15. This donation came from a combo of Trails for Illinois fundraisers by Lauren Wills, Bill Pomerenke, David Failing, Ken Hannah, & Stormy Kies, and a donation from the race.

    The restoration will be done this summer, so be sure to admire this 100+ year old bridge on race day. This bridge is at Ten Junk Miles/Flatlanders aid station #8/13. The 2018- 50 mile & team relay finisher medals are being designed to look like this special bridge.

    Pictured is Hennepin trail dreamers & believers- Lauren Wills, Daisy the dog, Michele Hartwig, Cathy Meschke Foes, Steve Buchtel, Ed Mayhew, Dianna Skowera, and Tom Vandemore. A sincere thank you to the many people that made this possible.
    View on FacebookFebruary 13th, 2018

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.

Visit Z-Tour Bike Ride
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.

Visit Homestead Festival
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