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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

  • Plans are underway for the 2016 Civil War Reenactment at City County Park called the Shadows of the Blue & Gray. Here's their new website link 17th, 2016
  • Chicken fry tonightNicoleThe Wyanet VFW Chicken Fry is tonight! Doors open at 5! Call 699-2275 for your carry out orders! Car...May 14th, 2016
  • Here's your weekend events in Bureau County - Have Fun!
    May 13th, 2016 -- May 14th, 2016 Walnut town wide garage sales. This annual Garage sale weekend has plenty to offer for anyone looking for bargains or treasures. Visit Walnut this weekend to see what we have to offer.

    May 13th, 2016 Spaghetti Dinner
    A spaghetti dinner will be served from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, at the LaMoille Lions Club, 308 Howard St. in LaMoille. The menu will be spaghetti, salad, dessert and beverage. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for ages 5-10. A hot dog meal, with chips, drink and dessert, will be $3.50. All proceeds will support LaMoille Lions Club projects.

    May 14th, 2016 Relay for Life Fundraiser
    The Relay for Life Bee Team will hold a car wash and cookout from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 14, in the TSC parking lot in Princeton. They will serve a meal hamburger, pork burger or hot dog with chips and drink. The hamburger and pork burger meal will be $5 and the hot dog meal will be $4.

    May 14th, 2016
    The Prairie Arts Council's 14th annual RUMMAGE AND BAKE SALE will take place on the Prairie Arts Center lawn between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The proceeds from the sale are used to benefit the PAC Art Scholarship Program and rewarded at the end of May to two deserving Bureau County High School applicants. The Prairie Arts Center is located at 24 Park Avenue East, Princeton, Illinois 61356.

    May 14th, 2016
    The Ladd Library 125 N Main St, Ladd, IL, will help you de-stress and re-focus! Coloring pages & colors supplied during library hours each Saturday 9am-1pm. Have a favorite book or a page you've been working on? Feel free to bring your own book, supplies, and don't forget to grab a cup o' joe from our Keurig!

    May 14th, 2016 Rummage Sale
    Illinois Animal Rescue will have a rummage sale fundraiser at 1227 N. Vernon Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, and Sunday, May 15, which will help raise funds for costs associated to vetting, training and doctoring the foster animals that are rescued

    May 14th, 2016 Blues Concert
    The Mississippi Heat are bringing the heat to the Festival Stage on May 14 at 7:30pm! Led by Belgian harmonica player Pierre Lacocque and South Side vocalist Inetta Visor, the band is a well-established fixture on the Chicago Blues scene. Mississippi Heat travels extensively and records for the world-renowned Delmark label. The band last appeared in Princeton at the 2011 Homestead Festival. Get your tickets today!

    May 14th, 2016 Hornbaker's class
    Sensational Succulents is the name of the class at Hornbaker's Gardens on Sat. May 14th at 10 a.m.

    May 14th, 2016
    Reds Bar 5 year anniversary with Snap Shot 127 E Railroad St, Sheffield, Illinois 61361 Saturday, May 14 at 9 PM - 12 AM. It's been 5 years already and it's definitely time to party! Stop out for a great meal, cold beer, and great music!! Snap Shot will be playing outside in the newly finished patio & bar area 9pm-12am! We will have great drink specials to thank our customers for an awesome 5 years! Come out and help us celebrate and bring your dancing shoes!

    May 14th, 2016 Cookout Wyanet Locker
    Bureau Valley Elementary Wyanet will host a cookout from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at the Wyanet Locker. They will serve ribeyes, butterfly chops, pork burgers, brats, hot dogs, chips and pop.

    May 15th, 2016 Hike the Canal
    The Friends of the Hennepin Canal will be sponsoring its monthly Hike the Hennepin Canal outing on Sunday, May 15. This month’s hike will be from Lock 6 to Bridge 6 (Lock 11). This portion of the “Hike the Hennepin” is 4.6 miles in length and it has been named the “Snapping Turtle”. We will meet at Lock 11, just north of Tiskilwa at 1:30 pm, where we will be shuttled to Lock 6 to begin our hike. Directions to Lock 11 are to take Main Street south out of Princeton and continue on that road until you cross the canal. The lock will then be on your left.

    You need not be a member of the Friends to join us in any of the hikes. There is no fee for the hikes. Come and join in the fun and bring a friend. We ask that you dress weather appropriately. For more information, contact Ed Herrmann at: (email) or call 815-664-2403 (home).

    May 16th, 2016 Rips Fundraiser
    The second annual Rip’s chicken fundraiser for the Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living will be from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 16, at Rip’s, 311 N. Main Ave. in Ladd. Tickets are $8 and include choice of quarter light chicken, quarter dark chicken or chicken strips, along with fries and bread.

    May 17th, 2016 Princeton Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, will have a program on the history of the Kansas City Monarchs baseball team. Author Phil Dixon is an expert on the subject, having written multiple books about baseball history and its individual players. Called “The Monarchs, a Baseball Revolution.” He will share how these players lived and traveled, and the sacrifices they made to play baseball during one of the most challenging times in our nation’s history.
    May 13th, 2016
  • Bureau County FairTICKET UPDATE!! There are only 4 full rows (plus some partial rows) left in the VIP reserved seating...May 13th, 2016
  • Friends Of The Hennepin CanalHike the Hennepin Challenge - Sunday, May 15 Read all about it!...May 11th, 2016
  • Beware of a detour on Friday the 13th at Princeton.

    Illinois Department of Transportation announced that the Interstate 80 Westbound ramp to Route 26 at Princeton will be closed 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday.

    During the ramp closure, westbound traffic will be detoured south on Interstate 180 and onto U.S. 6. Message boards will direct motorists through the detour.
    May 11th, 2016
  • Please note that there is Not a flea market at the Fairgrounds this Sunday.May 6th, 2016

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