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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

  • CPASA Rips fundraiser Tues night.

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    RIP'S CHICKEN!!! And a chance to support the work of CPASA!!! Get your tickets now from any CPASA member. This will be a fun night!

    September 29th 2014Go to status update

    Jennifer Waca Bacorn
    Tomorrow is the big day!!! I can't believe it is finally here, all the planning we have been doing. Don't forget 5pm our famous chicken buffet, and outside bags tournament with music by Aaron Johnson of 815 Productions!!! 6:30 live auction with many amazing items!! And at 9pm till midnight Snap Shot takes the stage!!! It is going to be an awesome night and all going to Easter Seals for autism, at the Princeton Moose Lodge!!!

    September 27th 2014Go to status update

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    Only 2 WEEKS Away! Please like and SHARE this event!! We are giving a $25 Gift Certificate away on Monday, September 29th at do you win? All you have to do is SHARE this post for a chance to WIN!

    September 26th 2014Go to status update
  • This weekend in Bureau County you can eat German food, go for a bike ride, dance to Snap Shot, listen to music, and eat great food - check out our events here or on for the rest of the year.
    September 26th, 2014 The Bureau County United Way Golf Scramble will be held at 1 p.m. at Chapel Hill Golf Course, Princeton. To register call 815-872-0821

    September 27th, 2014 Princeton Coffeehouse
    Singer-songwriter Scott Cook, known as Canada's prairie balladeer, performs at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, September 27. The Princeton Coffeehouse at Open Prairie, UCC, 25 E. Marion St., Princeton. Doors open at 7 p.m. $15 admission. Homemade desserts and fair trade coffee available. 815/872-6501.
    September 27th, 2014 Autism Fundraiser
    The Princeton Moose Lodge will host an Easter Seals Autism Awareness fundraiser on Sept. 27 at the Moose Lodge, 1339 N. Euclid Ave. in Princeton. Tickets for the event are $20, which includes a chicken buffet from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and music by Snap Shot from 9 p.m. to midnight. There will also be a bags tournament (separate entry fee) at 5 p.m. and a live auction from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Proceeds will be donated to Easter Seals for Autism.

    September 27th, 2014 Painting class
    A Theorem painting class by Meldoy Best will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Prairie Arts Center Call 875-2787 for info. $65 for all supplies

    September 27th, 2014 Fall Festival
    The Fall Festival will be held at the Bethel Baptist Church from 4-8 pm with games, food, bounce house. Corner of E Thompson Street and S 6th St in Princeton.

    September 27th, 2014 Autism bike ride
    A G.R.A.N.T. (Get Riding 4 Autism's New Tomorrow) ride has been scheduled for Sept. 27 in Princeton. This event is an Autism Awareness bike ride for the whole family.

    This is a fundraiser event to raise awareness about the rapidly growing diagnosis of Autism. A 2-mile and 10-mile bike ride are set to take off at 10 a.m., with registration opening at 8 a.m. The 2-mile family ride is for all abilities and wheels (big wheels, trikes, wagons) with the 10-mile being a little more of a challenge for the family. The ride will begin and end at Zearing Park in Princeton.
    For more information, contact Rachel Edens at 815-303-6325.

    September 27th, 2014 -- September 28th, 2014
    Sunset Ridge Motorcross Track - Walnut, IL Motorcross Motorcyle Race

    September 28th, 2014
    Annual German Buffet and Country Store
    The Hollowayville United Church of Christ is holding it's Annual German Buffet and Country Store on Sunday, Sept. 28 from 11-3 p.m. Donation is $10.00 for teens and adults, $5.00 for children 6-12 years old and children under 5 eat free. The menu includes: salad bar, pork and kraut, roast turkey in gravy, ham, german potato salad, red cabbage, mashed potatoes, corn, and beans, dessert and beverage. For any questions please contact, Laurie Abrahams at (815) 894-2957.

    September 28th, 2014 Pops Concert
    The Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra will present a pops concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Princeton High School auditorium. The concert will feature Kate Tombaugh, a mezzo-soprano who will perform several selections from Carmen, and also Sondheim's "Send in the Clowns," Richard Rogers/Warrington's "Sound of Music" and Richard Rogers' "State Fair: It's a Grand Night for Singing."

    September 28th, 2014 Paintball Echo Bluff
    Hall Township's Echo Bluff Park will host a Red/Yellow game for paintball enthusiasts from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. This event is an organized challenge. Everyone is invited to join a team for an afternoon of cunning and excitement. The cost is $30 for adults, $25 for youth in eighth grade and under.

    What was once a unique 200-by-200-foot wooded paintball course has been doubled to the size of two football fields with the addition of a Speedball course. The field has a ravine within, making challenges a bit more interesting. Natural obstacles and man-made bunkers create the perfect backdrop for creative warfare.

    September 28th, 2014 Spaghetti Dinner
    Cops 4 Cancer will hold a spaghetti dinner and bake sale from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at the First Congregational Church of Bureau fellowship hall. The cost is $7 per person and children under 5 years old eat free. There will be a raffle and 50/50 drawing

    September 30th, 2014 Rips Fundraiser
    Community Partners Against Substance Abuse will host Dinner with CPASA from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Rip's in Ladd. CPASA is a youth substance abuse prevention coalition serving Bureau and Putnam counties. Ticket price includes dine-in or carry-out chicken or strips dinner and entry in a special door prize raffle. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased from CPASA members, by calling Dawn Conerton at 815-872-5091 or at the door. In addition to door prizes, there will be an on-site raffle and baked goods for dessert.

    - The Princeton Coffeehouse

    September 26th 2014Go to status update
  • Here's some activities in Bureau County for the middle of this week. Mega Brain
    Tour the Mega Brain, the world's only inflatable, walk through Brain at the Bureau County Metro Center from 4-8 pm on the 23rd & 24th. Showcases a variety of features both inside and outside the brain including, stroke, brain tumor, headaches, epilepsy and alzheimers disease.

    September 24th, 2014 Geneaology Program
    The BCGS will sponsor another series of beginning genealogical classes at the Society library for four Wednesdays, running from Sept. 24 to Oct. 15. The classes will be led by Eva Blanco, an experienced genealogist and teacher, and will run from 7 to 9 p.m. each evening. The cost of the four classes will be $30. Pre-registration may be in person or by mail.

    Questions about the series of classes may be addressed by stopping by the library during regular business hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and the first Saturday of each month, or by calling 815-879-3133. 629 S Main St, Princeton.

    September 24th, 2014 Farmer's Market
    Farmers Markets In Spring Valley Wednesdays, 4 - 6 p.m. Home Grown & Home Made Food & Products Heart Land Bank & Trust parking lot 100 E. Dakota Street (weather permitting)

    September 25th, 2014 Geneaology Program
    Native American to Speak at Bureau County Genealogical Society

    Thursday, Sept. 25 the meeting of the Bureau County Genealogical Society will feature a program presented by Jerry Savage of LaSalle, Illinois. He will discuss how he was born and raised in the traditions of the Ho-Chunk tribe right here in the Illinois Valley. The public is cordially invited to this free program at the Bureau County Genealogical Society library at 629 South Main Street in Princeton beginning at 7:00 pm.

    For more information please contact the Society library between the hours of 10-3:00 on Mon, Tues, Wed., or Friday by stopping by or calling (815) 879-3133. The library will also be open for First Saturday on Oct 4.

    September 24th 2014Go to status update
  • Make plans to attend the upcoming Princeton Coffeehouse performance by Canadian troubadour Scott Cook. Cook's songs are grounded in the Canadian west, and have a decidedly populist flavor in the spirit of Walt Whitman and Woody Guthrie. This is a musician who plays 160 or more shows each year without a booking agent, and refuses to copyright his songs. With his most recent album, he's made available not only the lyrics but chord charts.

    Cook was named Male Artist of the Year at the 2012 Edmonton Music Awards, and was the 2013 Folk & Acoustic UK Songwriting Contest winner. Emily Saxton, in Maverick Country, has called him "One of Canada's most inspiring and imaginative storytellers...beautifully written lyrics, intricate chordal patterns and a refreshing plain-spoken vocal clarity".

    Doors open at 7:00 PM. Show time is 7:30. All seats are $15.00 & are general admission. Our location is Open Prairie UCC, 25 E. Marion in downtown Princeton.

    If you're so inclined, follow us on Facebook. For further schedule information, check our website at

    September 24th 2014Go to status update
  • Hungry? Stop by JT's in Cherry tonight (9-23) from 5-8 p.m. for a chicken fundraiser for LaMoille Lions Basketball program. Tickets are $7 for 1/4 chicken or strips.
    September 23rd 2014Go to status update

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    Only 2 WEEKS Away! Please like and SHARE this event!! We are giving a $25 Gift Certificate away on Monday, September 29th at do you win? All you have to do is SHARE this post for a chance to WIN!

    September 22nd 2014Go to status update
  • Shopping today and tomorrow! Townwide Garage Sales in Ohio and Walnut! Friday and Saturday
    September 20th, 2014 Take a Vet Fishing
    The Spring Valley Walleye Club will sponsor its Take a Vet Fishing Day on Saturday. Meet at Time on the Water bait shop at 8 a.m. Breakfast will be provided by SV McDonalds. Fishing from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch will be provided.
    September 20th, 2014 - Saturday
    The Wyanet Fire Dept. will be having a cookout at the Wyanet Locker. So come on up and have a rib eye or pork chop sandwich and support your local firefighters. 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. It's the last cookout of the year so come out and eat!!

    September 19th 2014Go to status update
  • September 20th, 2014 5K Run/Walk
    Holy Trinity Cherry will hold its second annual 5K fun walk/run to benefit the LaSalle Veterans Home Sept. 20. Check-in will be held from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. at Cherry Park. The opening ceremonies and Color Guard will be at 9 a.m. The race will start at 9:15 a.m. The cost is $25 for adults and $10 for children under 12 years old. To register, visit or email or call Alan Ring at or 815-303-3312 for a form. To just make a donation, visit or mail a check made out to "Walk/Run for LaSalle Vet Home" and send it to Holy Trinity Cherry, 212, S. Main St., Cherry, IL 61317.

    September 19th 2014Go to status update

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    Only 2 WEEKS Away! Please like and SHARE this event!! We are giving a $25 Gift Certificate away on Monday, September 29th at do you win? All you have to do is SHARE this post for a chance to WIN!

    September 19th 2014Go to status update

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    September 18th 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.

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