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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

  • Hennepin Hundred ultra marathon updated infoThe Hennepin HundredWe made some updates to the Hennepin website: New for 2017 -->Race Date October 7 & 8, 2017 -->"Runn...February 16th, 2017
  • Due to weather conditions Echo Bluff Parks ice skating rink is closed.February 16th, 2017
  • Bureau County FairFor Model Railroad fans - working train layouts and train cars and equipment for sale plus Farm Toys...February 14th, 2017
  • Walnut 5K Run/Walk For ALSThe Walnut 5K will be held Saturday, July 1, 2017. Add this event to your calendar. This will be o...February 8th, 2017
  • Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park information.Chores Never End At Hennepin CanalSHEFFIELD — It’s been a mild January along the Hennepin Canal. There’s no snow for cross-count...January 30th, 2017
  • Here's some Bureau County Events from Friday through the end of January. January 27th, 2017
    Fish Fry
    The Manlius Sportsmen’s Club will host a fish fry from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, for a donation of $8. Carry-outs will be available. The event will also include a 50/50. The Manlius Sportsmen’s Club is on located on Maple Avenue in Manlius.

    January 28th, 2017
    Casino Night
    Princeton Chamber of Commerce 3rd Annual Casino Night Gala! Join the Fun and Win! Bureau County Metro Center, 837 Park Avenue West, Princeton. Saturday, January 28th, 6PM Doors and Bar Open, 7PM Gaming Begins. Princeton Chamber of Commerce 815-875-2616. Fees/Admission: $25 per person - Includes admission, appetizers, and Chamber casino money to get you started

    January 28th, 2017 -- January 29th, 2017
    Sauk Trail Gun Collectors Show & Sale
    Sauk Trail Gun Show at Bureau County Fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday. 8:30 a.m to 4 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sunday. Call Cathy Smith 309-689-1934 for more information. 811 W Peru St, Princeton, IL

    January 28th, 2017
    Blood Drive
    The Walnut Rotary Club will sponsor an American Red Cross blood drive from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Walnut Community Building, 141 Main St. in Walnut. For an appointment, call Carl VonHolten at 815-303-2148.

    January 28th, 2017
    Trivia Night
    The Ladd Public Library will host the second annual Trivia Night fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Ladd Community Center. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and trivia will begin at 7 p.m. There will be 10 people to a team and the cost is $10 per person. For team/table reservations, call the library during business hours at 815-894-3254.

    January 29th, 2017
    Pancake Breakfast
    An all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, Jan. 29, at St. Louis School gymnasium. The menu will include sausage, pancakes, scrambled eggs, applesauce, milk, juice and coffee. Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for ages 4-12 and free for 3 and under. The event is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.

    January 31st, 2017
    Library Program
    Story time for children continues on Tuesday Nights at the Richard A. Mautino Memorial Library in Spring Valley from 5:30-6 p.m. with stories and crafts in the lower level Children's Room
    January 27th, 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.

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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.

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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