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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

  • From Frights to Funnies to Fish all in one week in Bureau County - check out this list of Fun things to do!
    February 5th, 2016 -- February 6th, 2016
    Nightmare Mends Your Broken Heart - a Valentine's Haunted House by Nightmare on Fairgrounds Road, Bureau County Fairgrounds, Princeton, IL. Admission $5. 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. In a heated building this year!

    February 6th, 2016 Comedy Show Festival 56
    Four Chicago comedians will perform at Festival 56’s Grace Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 6, with shows at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. The evening of stand-up comedy headlines Jeff Arcuri with host Adam Burke, Nate Burrows and Alex Kumin. Please note that Comedy Night will be R-rated. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. All seats are reserved. Advance tickets may be purchased by calling 815-879-5656 or online at www.festival56.com. The theatre is located at 316 S. Main St. in Princeton and is fully accessible with ample parking nearby.

    February 7th, 2016 Pancake Breakfast Ohio
    The Ohio Booster Club will host an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at the LaMoille Lions Club, 308 E. Howard St. The menu will include pancakes, sausage, eggs to order, ham, toast, applesauce, milk, juice and coffee. Tickets are $6 per person.

    February 9th, 2016 Pork Chops
    The Princeton FFA alumni will host a pork chop stand at the upcoming Princeton vs. Bureau Valley basketball game on Tuesday, Feb. 9. The stand will be open from 5:30 p.m. until the end of the game or until supplies run out. The stand will be set up in the high school cafeteria. Proceeds from the evening’s sales will go toward scholarships to be used by Princeton FFA members.

    February 10th, 2016 Fish Fry
    Spring Valley Boat Club - Our Fish Fry begins Wednesday February 10, 2016 and continues every Friday through March 25, 2016. We serve baked or fried cod, with baked potato or fries all for the dine-in price of $9.50. Carryouts for the price of $9.75 are available starting at 5:00pm with the last order taken at 7:00pm. In our dining room our first order taken is at 5:00pm with our last order at 8:00pm. 13862 Illinois 89, Granville, IL 61326

    February 10th, 2016 Ash Wednesday
    Hampshire Colony Congregational Church in Princeton will host an Ash Wednesday Service at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10. Soup and sandwiches will be served at 6 p.m.
    February 3rd, 2016
  • Here's some activities in Bureau County starting tonight through next sunday.
    Chili Dinner
    The LaMoille High School Class of 2017 will host a chili dinner in the LHS cafeteria during the LaMoille-Ohio boys basketball games on Friday, Jan. 29. The cost is $5. L-O will host Paw Paw.

    January 30th, 2016 Chili Dinner
    The Bureau County Open Door 4-H Club will host a chili/soup supper from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at the First United Methodist Church in Princeton. Traditional chili, vegetarian chili and chicken noodle soup will be served by the 4-H’ers. Tickets for the event are $5, and can be purchased in advance or at the door. Desserts will be provided with the meal. Children 4 and under eat free. All proceeds from the event will go to the Bureau County Open Door 4-H Club in Princeton.

    January 30th, 2016 Princeton Coffeehouse
    The Princeton Coffeehouse will present singer-songwriter Sarah MacDougall at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Open Prairie UCC, 25 E. Marion St., Princeton. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and admission is $15. Homemade desserts and fair trade coffee will be available. For more information, visit www.theprincetoncoffeehouse.com or call 815-872-6501.

    January 30th, 2016 -- January 31st, 2016 Sauk Trail Gun Show
    Sauk Trail Gun Show at Bureau County Fairgrounds, 811 W Peru St, Princeton, IL Doors open at 8:30 each day. Contact info: Cathy Smith 303 689-1934 , Free Parking and Concession stand available

    January 31st, 2016 Movie Night
    The First United Church of Christ in Sheffield will present a movie night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, at the UCC Parish, 201 E. Chestnut St. Admission is free. The movie will be “Where Hope Grows.” Popcorn and drinks will be provided or you may bring your favorite snacks to share.

    February 5th, 2016 -- February 6th, 2016 Nightmare Mends Your Broken Heart
    Valentine's Haunted House by Nightmare on Fairgrounds Road, Bureau County Fairgrounds, Princeton, IL. Admission $5. 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.

    February 6th, 2016 Comedy Show
    Festival 56 COMEDY NIGHT* is back for round #2 on February 6th!!! Four Chicago Comedians will heat up our stage with their white hot comedy, including last Comedy Night's headliner, Jeff Arcuri! The best part? You have TWO chances to see this show with a 7:30 and 10:30 show. GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY. wwww.festival56.com *This show will be R-rated.

    February 7th, 2016 Pancake Breakfast Ohio
    The Ohio Booster Club will host an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at the LaMoille Lions Club, 308 E. Howard St. The menu will include pancakes, sausage, eggs to order, ham, toast, applesauce, milk, juice and coffee. Tickets are $6 per person.
    - The Princeton CoffeehouseJanuary 29th, 2016
  • Don't stay indoors all winter - check out these fun events coming up now through the end of January.
    Blues Concert Saturday
    The Chicago Rhythm and Blues Kings will play at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Grace Performing Arts Center (Festival 56), 316 S. Main St., Princeton. Tickets available online at www.festival56.com, by calling 815-879-5656, ext. 11, or the night of the performance (box office opens at 6:30 p.m.). Tickets are $18 per person in advance; $20 at the door. Beer and wine available for purchase at the event.

    Seth Woolley Benefit Fundraiser Saturday at the Bureau Co Metro Center - 4:30 to 10 p.m. Music, raffles, cash bar, silent auction, 50/50. Tickets $15 in advance or $20 at the door. BBQ pork dinner too.

    January 23rd, 2016
    Karaoke Night at the Princeton Moose Lodge 8 p.m. Come enjoy a night of great family fun!! Bring the kids out to eat, sing and dance til midnight!! There is a $2 cover charge for ALL adults and $1 for All kids!!

    January 28th, 2016 Geneaology Program
    The Bureau County Genealogy Society will meet Thursday, Jan. 28, and Michael Walter, a native of Billings, Mont., will be the featured speaker. Walter’s presentation at 7 p.m. is titled, “Origin, Migration, Sojourn, Exodus, Demise and Future of the Volga Germans, pre-1766 to present.” The program is free and open to the public at the Society library located at 629 S. Main St. in Princeton.

    Further information is available by calling 815-879-3133 during the business hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The next Saturday opening of the research library will be Saturday, Feb 6.

    January 28th, 2016 Crafts at the Library
    Come to the Princeton Library at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, and learn three ways to creatively upcycle Readers Digest condensed books or old textbooks into DIY Book Crafts, taught by librarian Ellie Barbeau. The Princeton Public Library is located at 698 E. Peru St. in Princeton. All programs at the library are free and open to all. For more information on upcoming programs and on Princeton Public Library services, go to www.theprincetonlibrary.org or call 815-875-1331.


    January 30th, 2016 -- January 31st, 2016
    Sauk Trail Gun Show at Bureau County Fairgrounds, 811 W Peru St, Princeton, IL Doors open at 8:30 each day. Contact info: Cathy Smith 303 689-1934 , Free Parking and Concession stand available

    January 30th, 2016 Chili Dinner
    The Bureau County Open Door 4-H Club will host a chili/soup supper from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at the First United Methodist Church in Princeton. Traditional chili, vegetarian chili and chicken noodle soup will be served by the 4-H’ers. Tickets for the event are $5, and can be purchased in advance or at the door. Desserts will be provided with the meal. Children 4 and under eat free. All proceeds from the event will go to the Bureau County Open Door 4-H Club in Princeton.

    January 31st, 2016 Movie Night
    The First United Church of Christ in Sheffield will present a movie night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, at the UCC Parish, 201 E. Chestnut St. Admission is free. The movie will be “Where Hope Grows.” Popcorn and drinks will be provided or you may bring your favorite snacks to share.
    January 21st, 2016
  • Festival 56HEY PRINCETON! You asked for it, and we answered: COMEDY NIGHT* is back for round #2 on February 6...January 14th, 2016
  • Friends Of The Hennepin CanalA Long Goodbye, Please read below! 118 YEARS OF NATURAL RESOURCE SERVICE COMES TO A CLOSE A visi...January 10th, 2016
  • What is your favorite thing to do or see in Bureau County? What do you take visitors to see while they are here?January 7th, 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.

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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