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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

  • NicoleTonight is the Wyanet VFW Chicken Fry! Doors open at 5 call 699-2275 for carry outs!...January 14th, 2017
  • Here's the upcoming events for Jan 14th through the 22nd. January 14th, 2017
    Flags of Freedom Trivia Night Saturday, January 14th, at The Moose Lodge, 1339 N. Euclid Avenue, Princeton
    Doors Open at 6PM, Register by 6:45PM, Game Starts at 7PM
    Cash Bar - Wings - Appetizers - Mulligans - Bonus Round AND more! **May include Audio and Visual Rounds** Flags of Freedon T-shirts and Hoodies will be available. If your whole table comes dressed in Red, and Blue you will receive an extra point on your score. The top 3 teams will receive a cash prize.

    To Pre-Register or for more information please call Kayla Griffin @815-915-5870 or Kim Scott @815-993 0933, Fees/Admission: Teams up to 8 players - $15 per person Re-Register for a table - $110
    *If you purchase a table you will receive a free boat of wings

    January 15th, 2017 Pancake Breakfast
    The LaMoille Lions Club will host an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, at the Lions Club, 308 Howard St., LaMoille. The menu will include pancakes, eggs, sausage, ham, toast, milk, juice and coffee. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for ages 5-10 and free those under 5 years old. All proceeds will support LaMoille Schools PTO.

    January 19th, 2017 Soup & Salad Bar
    A soup and salad bar, presented by the LaMoille Lions Club, will be available from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Lions Club, 308 Howard St. in LaMoille. Dinner will include chili or chicken noodle soup, salad bar, dessert, and lemonade or coffee. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for ages 6-12 and free those ages 5 and under.

    January 21st, 2017 Princeton Coffeehouse
    The Princeton Coffeehouse has been host to some of North America's best acoustic musicians for 20 years. Located at Open Prairie UCC Church in the rural community of Princeton, The Coffeehouse is an intimate venue notable for its diverse calendar. Shows are held monthly, typically on the 4th Saturday, except for the months f June, July & December. All performances begin at 7:30 PM, with doors opening at 7:00 PM, at Open Prairie UCC, 25 E. Marion St., Princeton, Illinois. $15 at the door. Booking inquiries & ticket information: Bill Beneke (815) 878-4805

    January 21, 2017 – Tim Grimm & The Family Band

    January 22nd, 2017 Wedding Show
    Brides visit The Barn at Hornbaker's Garden from 10-2 for all things wedding related - caterers, DJ's, photographers and more.
    January 13th, 2017
  • Hike the Canal next weekendFriends Of The Hennepin CanalHike the Hennepin in 2017! First hike The Blue Heron is Sunday, January 15, 1:30 p.m. Read below for...January 9th, 2017
  • ZBest Cafe On MainIt was with a heavy heart that I'm posting this, but this week we will be open this Friday Jan 6 fro...January 2nd, 2017
  • Coming up Monday at 6 PM - 9 PM
    The Feed Store & Watering Hole
    212 W Main St, Malden, Illinois 61337
    IT'S BACK.....that's right, Ladies night is back at The Feed Store. We're putting a little twist on it this year, all booth fees are going to charity. This year's vendor show is shaping up to be a good one with some returning vendors and some new ones. We all have those last minute Christmas gifts to buy and our vendors will have some great gift ideas on hand to fit the bill. So we cordially invite you to come join us and bring a friend......oh, and I almost forgot, snacks will be served and the bar will be open to purchase drinks. Hope to see you all there !!!!

    The list of vendors will be updated regularly.
    December 9th, 2016
  • Come out and help support the Bureau Valley FFA this Sunday, December 11th at their annual PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST. They will be serving from
    7:30am until 1:00pm. in the commons at BVHS.
    December 9th, 2016
  • The Bureau County United Way is hosting its first fundraiser 5K, Run for a Claus, at 9 a.m. Dec. 10. The race will start at Soldiers and Sailors Park in Princeton. Registration for the race can be done online at, or by calling the Bureau County United Way office at (815) 872-0821. The cost with early registration is $25 per individual, with groups of five or more at a discounted rate of $20. The first 100 participants will receive a BCUW Santa hat.1st Annual Run For A Claus 5K RunWalkCome out and run the 1st Annual Run for a Claus 5K! All proceeds to benefit the Bureau County United...December 7th, 2016
  • Heres Friday and Saturday events in Bureau County - from peanut brittle to a parade - check out the fun!! December 2nd, 2016
    Princeton Library
    The Princeton Public Library will have several holiday music events in December, starting with live piano concerts featuring many Christmas tunes. They will be playing from 4 to 6 p.m. in the main area of the library. Entertaining this year will be Gayle Little and Pat James (Dec. 2), Cheryl Bebej (Dec. 9), and Kathy Allen and her piano students (Dec. 16). There will also be two Tuesday night programs — Dec. 6, the Covered Bridge Chorus will perform, and on Dec. 13, the Madrigal Singers will perform. Both programs begin at 6:30 p.m.

    Christmas Program
    Princeton Christian Academy’s all-school Christmas program will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, in the auditorium. The highlight of the evening will be the musical, “All About That Baby,” directed by Vickie Holmes and Kathey Cook. In addition the school band will perform with a flute solo by Ellie Geldean, and the Academy Singers, the eighth-grade a cappella group, will perform two selections. The program will be preceded by a school open house beginning at 6 p.m. The public is invited to this special evening. Refreshments will be served in the gym following the performance.

    December 2nd, 2016 -- December 4th, 2016 Children's Musical
    “A Winterhaven Christmas,” will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Prairie Arts Center in Princeton.

    December 3rd, 2016 -- December 4th, 2016
    The Christmas Mini-Tree Festival, a fundraiser for the Prairie Arts Center, will be held Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 19 through Dec. 4, from 1 to 4 p.m. A silent auction for the trees and wreaths is being held until Dec. 4. Phone bids are welcome by calling the PAC at 815 875-2787.

    December 3rd, 2016 Cookie Walk
    Bureau County HCE (Home and Community Education) will hold its annual cookie sale at the Prouty Building, 435 S. Main St., Princeton, from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, and from 9 a.m. noon, or until the cookies sell out, on Saturday, Dec. 3.

    December 3rd, 2016 Craft & Vendor Fair
    Bureau County Fair will hold a Craft and Vendor Fair with a Flea Market featuring toys for Christmas on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    December 3rd, 2016 Breakfast with Santa
    St. Bede Academy will again hold a Breakfast with Santa from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Academy. The cost this year is $12 per person, which will include breakfast, meeting with Santa, make and take crafts, movies, readers and a ride on the Starved Rock Christmas Trolley. For an additional $6, pictures with Santa will be available. Tickets can be purchased by calling 815-223-3140.

    December 3rd, 2016 Cookie Walk
    The United Church of Christ (Congregational) in Spring Valley will have its traditional cookie walk from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the church, located at Erie and Powers streets. A variety of holiday cookies and candies will be offered in a “select your own” style Homemade peanut brittle will be sold for $7 per bag. For more information, call the church office at 815-663-1951.

    St. Louis Catholic Church in Princeton will hold its annual CCW Cookie Walk from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. They will again sell homemade Christmas cookies by the pound.

    December 3rd, 2016 Christmas Parade
    Princeton Christmas parade. The parade will start at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, starting from Maria’s Pizza and continuing down Main Street to Soldiers and Sailors Park. Santa Claus will be in the parade. The theme for this year’s parade is “Ringing in Christmas.” Santa’s helpers will collect food items for the food pantry along the parade route. Any paper products, personal items, dried or canned goods would be appreciated.
    December 2nd, 2016
  • Here's Sunday, Dec. 4th events in Bureau County. You can start with breakfast and shop all day. December 4th, 2016

    December 4th, 2016 Pancake Breakfast
    The Sheffield Lions Club pancake and sausage breakfast will be from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 at St. Patrick’s Church Hall in Sheffield. Ticket are $6 for adults, $3 for ages 6 to 12 and free ages 5 and under.

    Christmas Open House
    Walnut Shear Delight Christmas Open House Sunday 11-2 – crafts and more

    December 4th, 2016 Senior Citizen Dinner
    The Princeton Moose Lodge will host its 36th annual senior citizens Christmas dinner at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec 4, at the lodge, 1339 N. Euclid Ave. in Princeton. Doors will open at noon. This dinner is free for seniors. For reservations, call lodge at 815-879-5261.

    December 4th, 2016 Tour of Homes
    The Perry Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will host its Tour of Homes from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. All tours begin and end at the Bureau County Metro Center in Princeton. Tour guests will be transported by Bureau Putnam Area Rural Transit (BPART) to six decorated Princeton homes showcasing the unique, personal décor of the homeowner and their family. Before and/or after the tour, participants are welcome to enjoy complimentary hot cocoa and cookies in Shoemake Hall at the Metro Center and browse the vendor fair featuring local artisans and their one-of-a-kind handmade items. Some vendors will also be selling their products from nationally known companies.

    Tickets are on sale at the following Princeton locations: Central Bank, Centrue Bank, Princeton Chamber of Commerce and Heartland Bank and Trust (downtown office). Tickets are $25 per person.

    December 4th, 2016 Craft & Vendor Fair
    The Wyanet Community Club will have a craft vendor show and bake sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Bureau Valley Wyanet Grade School. Admission is a non-perishable food item for the local pantry or an unwrapped toy. More than 20 businesses will participate in the event.
    December 2nd, 2016
  • Don't stay home alone - there are two free Thanksgiving dinners Thursday in Bureau County that you would be welcomed at.
    12 noon, Free Thanksgiving Meal at Walnut Community Bible Church
    The 16th annual free Thanksgiving dinner will be served from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 24, at the Evangelical Covenant Church, 24 N. Main St. in Princeton. No RSVPs are needed. For transportation, delivery or carry-outs, call Marianne at 815-875-2124. The dinner is sponsored by the Evangelical Covenant Church, New Hope Church of the Nazarene and St. Louis Catholic Church.
    Start your Thanksgiving with a community Thanksgiving service at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, at the Hampshire Colony Congregational Church in Princeton. The service will have a community choir, a congregational choir and congregational singing. After the service, a time of fellowship will include cider, doughnuts and refreshments.
    November 23rd, 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