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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


    Barn Quilts of Bureau County
    Another quilt has gone up!! At Jean and Dennis Hall's, near Malden. It is patterned after her own hand made quilt, using the Double Wedding Ring design. Installed by volunteers Beau Jensen and Brady Nordstrom.

    January 24th 2015Go to status update
  • Here's some Bureau County Events from Jan 24th to the 30th. Have Fun!
    January 24th, 2015 Princeton Coffeehouse
    Mark Dvorak, Chicago's "official troubadour," will perform at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Princeton Coffeehouse, located at Open Prairie, United Church of Christ, 25 E. Marion in Princeton. Doors open at 7 p.m. The Princeton Coffeehouse offers traditional and modern folk, blues and bluegrass music on a monthly basis from August through May (with the exception of December). Admission is $15. Fair trade coffee, tea and homemade desserts are available at every performance.

    Open Prairie, the performance venue for the Coffeehouse, is completely accessible and there is ample free parking nearby. For more information on the coffeehouse, visit or call 815-872-6501. For more information on Mark Dvorak, visit

    January 24th, 2015 -- January 25th, 2015
    Sauk Trail Gun Show & Sale
    The Sauk Trail Gun Collectors Show & Sale will be held at Bureau County Fairgrounds, 811 W Peru St, Princeton on Sat. & Sunday - Doors open 8:30 a.m. each day. Buy, Sell, Trade. Free parking, concessions in building.

    January 24th, 2015 Turtle Fry
    A turtle fry will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Manlius Sportsmen's Club. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. The menu will include turtle, baked beans and potato. Advance tickets are available from any member or by calling 815-866-5327.

    January 25th, 2015 Chili Cook Off contest at the Metro Center - Shoemake Hall. Open to all ages. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free to enter your chili. Call Nick at 872-0847 for info on entering or tasting!

    January 26th, 2015 Monday night Movie
    Monday Night Movie at the Princeton Library 6:30- p.m.

    January 30th, 2015 Wine Tasting
    The Princeton Theatre Group will host a wine tasting Jan. 30 in the lobby of the Grace Performing Arts Center, 316 S. Main St., Princeton. It's cold and dark outside, but it will be warm and bright at the Grace! Shake off the winter blahs and come try some new wines while snacking on hors d'oeuvres and listening to live show tunes in the Grace Performing Arts Center's lobby bar. After sampling a variety of red and white wines, guests will rate the selections and vote for their favorites to be offered in the lobby bar during the 2015 season of Festival 56.

    Entertainment for the evening will be provided by Charlie Gebeck on piano and by the guests themselves, who will be invited to sing along with the show tunes he'll be performing.

    The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door or free for 2015 season ticket and Festival Pass holders (Festival 56 ticket packages will be available for sale during the wine tasting). Full glasses of wine will be available for purchase separately once guests have selected their new favorites.

    January 23rd 2015Go to status update
  • If you didn't get enough Haunted House in October you will have a chance Valentines Weekend. Stop at Bureau County Fairgrounds and see the all new Mend Your Broken Heart haunted attraction. Friday and Sat only 7-9 p.m. $5 per head.....'er heart. Nightmare on Fairgrounds Road

    Mend your broken heart..
    Nightmare on Fairgrounds Road - Princeton,Il.
    February 13th and 14th 2015 $5 per person 7pm-9pm

    January 23rd 2015Go to status update

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    MARK YOUR CALENDARS... We are excited to announce comedian Brad Stine is coming to WCBC! Here are the details: Saturday, April 11th - Two shows - 5:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tickets are cheap! $5 each, general admission Ticket sales will begin Monday, February 2nd and can be purchased at the church, Main Street Motivation or on the church's website. Stay tuned for more details!

    January 22nd 2015Go to status update

    Princeton Tourism
    The Prairie Arts Council2015 Winter Class ScheduleFeb. 10 & 17 - Photography Classes "What you want, is not always what you get" 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.Registration Deadline: Feb. 9Painting Classes - All levels Come and paint with us in a very relaxed and fun environment. Whether you want to paint a landscape, still-life or portrait from your own photos, you will get individual guidance to help you on your creative journey. Bring your painting supplies and, if you don't have any, a materials list will be available when you register.Oil Painting - Saturdays. Feb 14 - 28 (3 classes) 10:00 - 12:00 $35 members, $40 non-membersRegistration Deadline: Feb. 11 Watercolor - Saturdays. Feb. 14 - 28 (3 classes) 1:00 - 3:00 $35 members, $40 non-members Saturdays, Mar. 14- 28 (3 classes) 1:00 - 3:00 $35 members, $40 non-membersRegistration Deadline: Feb. 11 for February Classes Mar. 11 for March Classes March 7 - Paint Until You Drop! 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 dayApril 25 - Mother's Day Special Event What a special gift to give to your loved one! Mother and daughter can share time together and create beautiful botanical paintings together, or you can surprise someone with one of your own to give as a gift. We will be using the Theorem Painting Technique, an early 19th century technique of painting to create these beautiful paintings. Using Melody's supplies, you will create a finished painting (or 2) to frame. Please bring a bagged lunch. We will provide beverages and snacks.Saturday - 10:00-3:00 $60 members, $65 non-members

    January 21st 2015Go to status update

  • Timeline Photos
    Tickets now available contact @[100001564421999:2048:Melissa Clark]. (PM, txt or call for a ticket @ 815-876-6563)

    January 14th 2015Go to status update
  • Starved Rock Area Special Olympics Winter Games that were scheduled for today at the Bureau County Fairgrounds have been canceled due to the wind chill. Tonite you can go to the Wyanet VFW for their monthly Chicken Fry! Yummy.
    January 10th 2015Go to status update

    Kathy Schultz Costerisan
    Do not go out on the road tonite. Snow is blowing and visibility is 0 in some places. The curve on the west end of coal hollow on Rt 6 east of Princeton is just about impassable and you can't see at all due to the blowing snow. Just came through there at 9:20.

    January 9th 2015Go to status update
  • Just a reminder that the weather and road conditions are going to get bad for the next couple of days. Please use caution while you are traveling our back roads and the main highways.
    January 5th 2015Go to status update

  • January 5th 2015Go to status update
  • Merry Christmas from Bureau County Tourism - Here's some of the church services for Christmas Eve.
    The Sheffield United Methodist Church will have a Christmas Eve service at 5 p.m. Dec. 24.

    Princeton -- The Princeton Presbyterian Church, 320 Park Ave. East, will hold its annual candlelight Christmas service at 5 p.m. Dec. 24.

    St. Matthew's Lutheran Church will hold two Christmas Eve services. There will be a 7 p.m. traditional candlelight worship service with Christmas carols and music by the St. Matthew's choir, bell choir and brass ensemble. There will be a 10 p.m. informal service with cookies and hot chocolate. This service includes more favorite carols not included in the earlier service.

    Seatonville -- The Seatonville Congregational Church Independent will host a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 7 p.m. Dec. 24. For more information, call Pastor Bill Jacobsen at 815-228-6717.

    December 25th, 2014
    Merry Christmas from Bureau County Tourism!!

    December 24th 2014Go to status update

  • Bureau County Scenes
    58 new photos

    December 19th 2014Go to status update

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.

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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