Visiting our fun local town - Princeton, Illinois

Hornbaker Gardens is a waypoint on the Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway |

Princeton Chamber of Commerce |

Parks in Princeton |

Festival 56... Illinois' largest summer stock theater in Princeton |

The Princeton Coffeehouse |

The Bureau County Historical Society operates two museum buildings and a research library. The museum consists of two buildings that are next door to each other: the Clark-Norris Home, a handsome Prairie Square mansion built in 1900, and the Newell-Bryant House, a stately Greek Revival house dating back to 1853. The library includes: birth, wedding, anniversary files, family histories, military history, local history books, and the H.W. Immke Photography Collection. History buffs will enjoy visiting the Museum located at 109 Park Ave. West, just west of the courthouse in Princeton. It has been acknowledged as one of the very best of its kind in the country. For more, see the website:

The Lovejoy Homestead is a National Historic Landmark and was the home of Rev. Owen Lovejoy. Rev. Lovejoy was Prominent in the abolition movement and the Underground Railroad, a founder of the Illinois and national Republican Party, and a congressional leader. The Owen Lovejoy Home now belongs to the City of Princeton and was opened as a museum in 1972. The home was a stop on the Underground Railroad and you can see where slaves hid on their journey to freedom. For more, see the website:

Click here for our area dining guide for a coffee, snack, or meal. 

If you are a foodie or gourmet, you will love the Chestnut Street Inn Bed and Breakfast in nearby Sheffield, Illinois. Chef Monika prepares Mediterranean-inspired menus featuring locally sourced foods. You can enjoy an overnight and breakfast, a special prix-fixe dinner or even a cooking class.  Reservations required.

Here are a few of our favorites:
Spoons....David Jones is their Executive Chef and Manager incorporating a farm to table concept whenever possible. Sit back and enjoy your lunch, dinner, appetizers and drinks. Their motto is FRESH... FRIENDLY.. FOODIE APPROVED. Open every day.
Pizza Cellar....the local favorite for homemade pizza & Italian beef! Closed Mondays. 402 S. Main St.
Los Ranchitos....outstanding Mexican food.  Open every day.
The Flour House Bakery...our friends the Zearings' beautiful bakery serving up delicious treats.

Princeton shopping is unique and interesting. There are a number of antique stores, the North End Art District, and many interesting boutiques/stores up and down our Main Street. Here are a few highlights:

Hoffman's Patterns of the Past: This incredible shop, located at 513 S. Main, carries nearly every china pattern known to man. If you want to replace a couple of pieces from your grandmother's china, Hoffman's probably has them. In addition, it is one of nicest gift shops you will ever encounter. Their many gift collections include Swarovski Silver Crystal, the Heartwood Creek/Jim Shore collection, and Willow Tree figurines. Check out their website at

Meadows on Main: Located at 501 S. Main, Meadows offers seasonal decor, custom florals, antiques/primitives, and so much more. Check out their website at

Annie's Little Pots: Ann Crosby owns and operates a wonderful shop in Princeton's north end, at 906 N. Main. Annie works with stoneware and raku, creating vases, bowls, word tiles, necklaces, and whatever else might strike her fancy. Besides her own creations, the shop carries metal art, greeting cards, purses, water colors, and jewelry, all created by local artists. There are quite a few very interesting garden related pieces. Her website is

Beetz Me.  An 1860’s hardware store turned eclectic boutique.  From handsome home decor to delectable gourmet foods, from glistening adornments to exquisite wines, from indulgent soaps to individualized gifts; Beetz Me! will help you put together a fantastic gift that will leave a lasting impression. 952 N. Main Street.

The award winning bed & breakfast Chestnut Street Inn is in nearby Sheffield, Illinois. Chef Monika' gourmet cooking is top notch.  |
Airbnb listings are popping up in Princeton and the surrounding area. 

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