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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

  • Live nativity and soup supper will be held on this Sunday, December 10th.  Meal is served from 4-7.  The live nativity is from 5-7.  Please join us as we celebrate Christ's birth!Live nativity and soup supper will be held on this Sunday, December 10th. Meal is served from 4-7. The live nativity is from 5-7. Please join us as we celebrate Christ's birth!
    View on FacebookDecember 8th, 2017
  • PRINCETON — Got your running shoes ready? The second annual Bureau County United Way Run for a Claus 5K will take place Saturday, Dec. 9 in Princeton.PRINCETON — Got your running shoes ready? The second annual Bureau County United Way Run for a Claus 5K will take place Saturday, Dec. 9 in Princeton.
    View on FacebookDecember 7th, 2017
  • PRINCETON — Got your running shoes ready? The second annual Bureau County United Way Run for a Claus 5K will take place Saturday, Dec. 9 in Princeton.PRINCETON — Got your running shoes ready? The second annual Bureau County United Way Run for a Claus 5K will take place Saturday, Dec. 9 in Princeton.
    View on FacebookDecember 5th, 2017
  • Just in time to enjoy some holiday cheer, Tiskilwa is hosting its annual “Country Christmas” from 9:00 to 3:00 on Saturday, December 9 on Main Street. 

Main Street will be lined with fir trees provided by the Tiskilwa Community Association and decorated in fanciful ways by various businesses and organizations. Throughout the morning, the Community Church, the Tiskilwa Library, TCA, and the Museum on Main will host activities and displays. In addition, there is a persistent rumor that Santa Claus is comin’ to town and he’s bringing along a few flurries to “Catch the Spirit.” 

During and after luncheon specials at the Indian Valley Inn, Kelly’s Place and Piccolo’s Pizzeria, the Museum doors will be open and TCA’s firepit will continue into the afternoon. At 1:00 p.m., the Bureau County Chorus will perform in the museum’s community room. The concert is free (sponsored by the TCA) and audience members are asked to bring a few canned or boxed goods for the Bureau County Food Pantry. 

After last year’s event, Scott Bickett made these comments on his Facebook page: “Went to the Tiskilwa’s Christmas Walk today. . . Breakfast at the IV Inn, then the cookie sale at the Community Church. Spent time with my mom and wife at the Museum and watched them laugh at my graduation photo. Soaked in a ton of Tiskilwa history, saw the new library and got my Gem of the Valley calendar. It was a lot like when we were kids back in the day, and all the people pulled together to get things done for the town. Very cool.” 

Action alert: A few more sets of hands are needed to help the historical society board members deck the halls at the Museum this Saturday, December 2. Folks who have a couple of hours to give that morning can “Catch the Spirit” and show up at Museum on Main around 9:30. Tasty incentive: Piccolo’s pizza and salad will be served at 11:30. 

Photo: An annual favorite for museum-goers is the sight of 1950s (and earlier) Lionel trains chugging around a little Christmas tree in Gallery One. Charlie Waca (pictured here) and his brother Ed are the engineers who set it up and keep it going.Just in time to enjoy some holiday cheer, Tiskilwa is hosting its annual “Country Christmas” from 9:00 to 3:00 on Saturday, December 9 on Main Street.

    Main Street will be lined with fir trees provided by the Tiskilwa Community Association and decorated in fanciful ways by various businesses and organizations. Throughout the morning, the Community Church, the Tiskilwa Library, TCA, and the Museum on Main will host activities and displays. In addition, there is a persistent rumor that Santa Claus is comin’ to town and he’s bringing along a few flurries to “Catch the Spirit.”

    During and after luncheon specials at the Indian Valley Inn, Kelly’s Place and Piccolo’s Pizzeria, the Museum doors will be open and TCA’s firepit will continue into the afternoon. At 1:00 p.m., the Bureau County Chorus will perform in the museum’s community room. The concert is free (sponsored by the TCA) and audience members are asked to bring a few canned or boxed goods for the Bureau County Food Pantry.

    After last year’s event, Scott Bickett made these comments on his Facebook page: “Went to the Tiskilwa’s Christmas Walk today. . . Breakfast at the IV Inn, then the cookie sale at the Community Church. Spent time with my mom and wife at the Museum and watched them laugh at my graduation photo. Soaked in a ton of Tiskilwa history, saw the new library and got my Gem of the Valley calendar. It was a lot like when we were kids back in the day, and all the people pulled together to get things done for the town. Very cool.”

    Action alert: A few more sets of hands are needed to help the historical society board members deck the halls at the Museum this Saturday, December 2. Folks who have a couple of hours to give that morning can “Catch the Spirit” and show up at Museum on Main around 9:30. Tasty incentive: Piccolo’s pizza and salad will be served at 11:30.

    Photo: An annual favorite for museum-goers is the sight of 1950s (and earlier) Lionel trains chugging around a little Christmas tree in Gallery One. Charlie Waca (pictured here) and his brother Ed are the engineers who set it up and keep it going.
    View on FacebookDecember 3rd, 2017
  • BREAKING: Interstate 80 in Henry County, Illinois is SHUT DOWN in Both Directions. Details Here: http://wqad.com/2017/11/22/i-80-shut-down-after-early-morning-accident/BREAKING: Interstate 80 in Henry County, Illinois is SHUT DOWN in Both Directions. Details Here: http://wqad.com/2017/11/22/i-80-shut-down-after-early-morning-accident/
    View on FacebookNovember 22nd, 2017

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