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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

  • Here's some Bureau County events starting with a great meal tonight, Thurday, Jan 19th. 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 Presenting Tim Grimm & The Family Band 7:30 p.m. 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 wmbeneke@gmail.com (815) 878-4805

    January 22nd, 2017 Pancake Breakfast
    Bureau Valley Junior After Prom will host a pancake and sausage breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, at Bureau Valley High School.

    January 22nd, 2017 Wedding Showcase
    Brides should visit The Barn at Hornbaker's Garden from 10-2 for all things wedding related - caterers, DJ's, photographers and more. Free admission
    January 19th, 2017
  • 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 wmbeneke@gmail.com (815) 878-4805

    January 21, 2017 ‚Äď 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

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