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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

  • There is no way you can be hungry in Bureau County this weekend. Look at the following list of great fundraisers with the tasty treats from the amazing Bureau County cooks. From cupcakes to a German Buffet, you will find it all in Bureau County.
    September 23rd, 2016 Fish & Chicken Fry
    The Manlius Sportsmans Club Fish and Chicken Dinner (No BVHS football game that night) Serving 4:30 - 8:00p.m. $8.oo Donation (Carry outs available) A 50/50 RAFFLE will be held

    September 23rd, 2016 Moose Lodge Dance
    The Princeton Moose Lodge will host a dance from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23. Everyone is invited to attend and listen to the music of the Generics Goodies Band. People are also invited to dine before the dance, with dinner starting at 5:30 p.m.

    September 24th, 2016 Sheffield Lions Club
    The Sheffield Lions Club will celebrate 65 years of service to the community. To show their appreciation, members will be in front of Royal Super Mart from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, to hand out free cupcakes. They will also have a cookout to raise more money for their projects. They will sell brats, hot dogs, chips and drinks.

    September 24th, 2016 Lasagna Dinner
    The Walnut United Methodist Church will host a lasagna dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, in the dining room at the church, 111 E. Liberty St. The menu will be lasagna, homemade bread, tossed salad, desserts and ice cream. A freewill offering will be accepted. Carry-outs will be available by calling Betty Rollo at 815-379-2697. An elevator is located on the east side of the church.

    September 24th, 2016 Spaghetti Dinner
    St. Matthews' Saintly Spaghetti Supper will be Saturday, Sept. 24, with the proceeds to benefit Freedom House. This supper will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the St. Matthews Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall. The meal is $7 per person and $5 for children age 12 and under. Children age 3 and under can eat for free. Carry-outs are available. St. Matthews is locatedat 416 E. Dover Road in Princeton.

    September 24th, 2016 Flea Market
    The Open Prairie United Church of Christ will hold a flea market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the church, 25 E. Marion St. in Princeton. Admission is $1.

    September 24th, 2016 Townwide Garage Sales
    Multiple yard sales will be held in Wyanet from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept 24. A list of yard sales can be found on the Facebook page “Informational Wyanet Page.”

    September 25th, 2016 German Buffet
    The Hollowayville United Church of Christ will hold its annual German buffet and country store on Sunday, Sept. 25. The menu will be a salad bar, pork and kraut, roast turkey in gravy, ham, German potato salad, red cabbage, mashed potatoes, corn and beans. Also included is dessert and beverage. Serving will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    September 25th, 2016 Mamm & Glam
    Perry Memorial Hospital is hosting a “Mamm & Glam” event on Sunday, Sept. 25, from 1 to 3 p.m. at The Kompany Down Under in Princeton. Women of all ages are invited to spend an afternoon with PMH staff and enjoy a ladies day of prevention and laughter.

    Attendees will enjoy a lighthearted Mammo Cape Fashion Show featuring the not-so-glamorous mammogram capes worn by patients, decorated and modeled by Perry Memorial Hospital staff. Featured speaker, Kati Grimes, FNP from the Perry Memorial Family Health Clinic, will discuss women’s health screening guidelines. Perry Memorial Hospital radiology staff members Dawn Rudolph, RT (R)(M) and Danielle Molln, RT(R)(CT) will talk about “Mammograms: What to know before you go” and “Bone Health and Bone Density Testing.”

    Pre-registration for mammograms with special evening hours will be available for those needing their annual mammogram. Come enjoy hors d’oeuvres and wine and register to win a Mall of America Family Package donated by Regional Media Radio in Kewanee. Additional door prizes will also be drawn. To register for this free event, please call 815-876-4454.


    September 25th, 2016 Car Show
    Grandma Rosie's Blood, Sweat and Gears Car Cruise In. Sunday, 4-7 p.m. with music by Generic Goodies Band 5-7 p.m. To benefit the Princeton American Legion/VFW/ AmVets.

    September 27th, 2016 Chicken Dinner
    The Holy Trinity Church Altar and Rosary Society will host a chicken dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the Coal Company Restaurant in Cherry. The menu will be one-quarter chicken, fries and dessert. Tickets are $8 for dine-in or carry-out. Tickets are available at Cherry State Bank
    September 23rd, 2016
  • The ultrarunning world will be watching the Hennepin Canal October 1-2: records might fall at the The Hennepin Hundred. Great racing and a boost in interest and local economies are a certainty. Go Illinois Trails! Illinois Department of Natural Resources Visit Henry CountyRock Falls Tourism Bureau County Tourism Blackhawk Waterways Tourism in Northwest Illinois Quad CitiesCan A Sub-8 Mile Save The Hennepin?Two sub-13 hour 100 mile runners could help the Hennepin Hundred save the Hennepin Canal State Trail...September 22nd, 2016
  • This guy is Great!Trails For IllinoisTRAIL BUILDER OF THE WEEK: In true ultrarunner fashion, The Hennepin Hundred racer Bill Pomerenke co...September 21st, 2016
  • TRAIL BUILDER OF THE WEEK: In true ultrarunner fashion, The Hennepin Hundred racer Bill Pomerenke continues to motor through his Trail Builder Challenge, raising $625 towards his $1000 goal for our work on the Hennepin Canal State Trail. Help him power through! Go Illinois Trails! Rock Falls Tourism Visit Henry County Blackhawk Waterways Tourism in Northwest Illinois Bureau County TourismBill PomerenkeThanks for coming to my link! Please feel free to donate as much or as little as you feel appropria...September 20th, 2016
  • Wyanet chicken fry tonightNicoleTonight is the Wyanet VFW Chicken Fry! Doors open at 5! $9 all you can eat chicken! Call 699-2275 f...September 10th, 2016
  • Hike the Canal next weekendFriends Of The Hennepin CanalHike the Canal, Sunday, September 18. Hike the “Red Squirrel” on the feeder canal from Bridge 52...September 10th, 2016
  • Eat good this weekend! The Princeton Lions Club will be cooking Lunch from 11:00 Am to 3:00 At Cannon Cleaners Parking lot on N Main in Princeton Saturday. Serving their Famous Hot Dogs, Brats, Ribeye sandwiches.Popcorn, cold drinks and More!!
    Sunday morning breakfast at the Princeton Elks Lodge - 7 till noon including biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, American fried potatoes, fresh fruit salad, cinnamon rolls, coffee, juice and milk All for $10 apiece or children under 5 $5 Everybody Welcome, come on out to the Elks Lodge.
    Bureau County 4-H Clubs BBQ - across from the courthouse Sat. & Sunday.
    September 9th, 2016 -- September 11th, 2016
    Spring Valley Boat Club – Friday night Chicken Fry with (fried chicken, spaghetti, fries, coleslaw) and entertainment; Saturday night the famous rib-eye Steak Fry and music, Sunday morning Breakfast. Drive or boat in for a great time.
    September 9th, 2016
  • Sunday's Fun Day events - Don't miss the Fairgrounds Flea Market!Bureau County TourismSunday Events during Princeton's Homestead Festival Princeton Lions Club/Moose Pancake Breakfast 7...September 9th, 2016
  • Sunday Events during Princeton's Homestead Festival

    Princeton Lions Club/Moose Pancake Breakfast 7:00AM - 1:00PM Princeton Moose Lodge; Flea Market 8:00AM - 2:00PM, Bureau County Fairgrounds; 36th Homestead Festival Car Show 8:00AM - 3:00PM South Main Street; Jazz Worship Service 10:30AM St. Matthew's Lutheran Church; Beta Sigma Phi Arts & Crafts Show 9:00AM - 6:00PM, Court House Lawn ;
    Bureau County 4-H Clubs BBQ 10:30AM - 3:00PM, Soldiers and Sailors Park, Sponsored by Bureau County 4-H Clubs; Tri-County Humane Society Pet Fest 2016 11:00AM - 3:00PM Princeton Animal Care Clinic; Children's Tractor Pull 12:00PM - 2:30PM Soldiers and Sailors Park- Sponsored by Diller-Rod, Inc. & Bureau County Farm Bureau; Miller's Petting Zoo 12:00PM - 3:00PM Soldiers and Sailors Park, Sponsored by Perry Memorial Hospital, juniper & mae, The Milk Moustache. 6th Annual Homestead BBQ Rib Cook Off 3:00PM Judging -Central Bank; Homestead Festival 50/50 Raffle Drawing 3:30PM South Main Street


    September 11th, 2016
    Jazz Worship Service
    St. Matthews Lutheran Church will host the 24th Jazz worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11. The event will feature Jimmy Valentine and his jazz band. Jimmy Valentine is a premier clarinetist with a band of superb musicians Pastor Scott Schmidt and the St. Matthews congregation invite everyone to attend. The church is at 416 E. Dover Road, Princeton.

    September 11th, 2016
    Car Show
    36th annual Homestead Festival Car Show 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. South Main Street in Princeton is blocked off for traffic. On display are over 20 classes of beautiful cars, trucks and five classes of motorcycles. Food, music and hot rods! Huge 50/50 drawing at the end of the show.

    September 11th, 2016
    Flea Market
    Homestead Flea Market Bureau County Fairgrounds, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 811 W Peru St, Princeton.
    September 9th, 2016
  • Keep the Flags flying as our visitors cross through Bureau County!KimberlyPlease check out the new Flags of Freedom website and consider making a donation to keep the flags f...September 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