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Princeton, Illinois


The city of Princeton, located in the heart of Bureau County, is a fine place to live, work, raise a family and even retire. Princeton is ideally located adjacent to Interstate 80, and offers all the accommodations, services and amenities that residents, businesses, and travelers need. The pace of the community is relaxed, yet the people are active and involved in a wide variety of activities, local government and many community projects. The quiet, picturesque neighborhoods of Princeton feature gracious homes with their own special charm. This is a community firmly rooted in Midwestern history, proudly preserving the treasures of its past while progressively preparing for its future.

Historic Downtown Princeton, IllinoisShopping is superb on our picturesque Main Street. Delights include gourmet foods and fine wines, antiques, jewelry and perfumes, unique art treasures and collectibles as well as the latest fashions. There is a wide selection of restaurants that offer a variety of tastes to satisfy any palate.

After you've shopped and eaten, take a leisurely stroll down our many tree-lined brick streets and enjoy our rich architectural heritage. See beautiful homes in the Prairie, Gothic Revival, Italianate, Queen Anne and other styles, several of which are on the National Register of Historic Places.

If you are a fan of theater, plan on being in Princeton in July and early August for Festival 56, Illinois' largest summer theater festival. Due to its success, Festival 56 has expanded to year round entertainment including Broadway musicals, contemporary drama, American literary classics and FREE Shakespeare in our parks during the summer.

Our Guests enjoying the Chicago Rhythm & Blues Concert at Alexander ParkPrinceton's city parks and impressive recreational facilities are settings for a wide range of activities. Visitors soon find there is a quality of life here that few communities can share.

Princeton's commitment to education is reflected in Princeton and the surrounding area's excellent schools. Princeton area schools feature extensive facilities, diverse curriculums and well-trained staffs -- all aimed at developing each young person's full potential.

The Princeton public school curriculum is designed to challenge students at all levels, various special education programs and pre-schools capably serve community needs. Nearby Illinois Valley Community College offers a host of educational opportunities for young adults and adults, including evening courses. IVCC also offers specialized training services.

Health related services come with state-of the-art technology at Perry Memorial Hospital a modern medical care center licensed by the State of Illinois. The Bureau County Health Department provides a wide range of valuable services. Physicians, optometrists, chiropractors, dentists and other health related professional services are in good supply. Hospice providers are also available.

Princeton considers itself fortunate to have a number of quality nursing and healthcare facilities to choose from.

Princeton's diverse economy, strategic location, capable labor force, and incentives to industry, make Princeton an ideal partner to new, and existing businesses. While agriculture is a major area industry, the economic vitality of Princeton is drawn in large part from the city's business and industrial partnerships. This community's progressive and cooperative attitude supports commerce in its endeavors, assisting in the success and growth of existing business while providing numerous incentives attractive to new business and industry.

Visit Princeton and surrounding Bureau County for a day, a week, or forever! We'll be glad to have you!

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  • 50/50 Raffle
    Buy a chance to win Big Bucks and help support the Homestead Festival!
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  • PJWC Baby Contest
    Make sure to get your little one entered into the PJWC Annual baby Contest. A Festival favorite!
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  • BBQ Rib Cook OFF
    Sunday event with a $30 entry fee. Ribs only cooked on site. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place cash prizes.
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  • James Armstrong
    BLUES CONCERT @ Alexander Park Sat. 4:30PM-6:30PM Food, beverage and spirits available.
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  • Jaycees Beer Garden
    Darius Miller Park
    Gates Open 8pm / Close 1am
    Music & Entertainment at 8:30pm


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