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Stephenson County CVB

We are a community of unique towns, cities and boroughs that offer the best of what you might find in a big city, to the most distinct and exclusive enclaves of Midwest gems.

Attend live performances at our historic Winneshiek Theater, the Ferguson Fine Arts Center or the Jeanette Lloyd Theater, or experiencing the culture of our communities at annual festivals such as Cruise Night, Paint the Port, Lena Fall Festival or Music on Chicago, we are your destination for fun.

Enjoy all the outdoors have to offer – all year long, and wine and dine at some of the most quaint and rare eateries this area has to offer. From shops and suds, to hallmarks and history, Freeport and Stephenson County have it all.

  1. Come.

  2. Enjoy.

  3. Stay.

Attractions, Museums and More

You can stroll down Jane Addams Trail, take a moment to reflect at one of our many museums or meet new friends at a local brew house or winery and know that we are your destination for amazing history and sights.

Outdoor Adventure

Get outside yourself. Connect with nature and enjoy our assortment of inspiring public places created for play, social gatherings and community connectivity. Golfing, hiking, kayaking or biking - let us show you how we are your destination for making memories.

Places to Stay

You’ve come to stay - for a night or a week. We offer everything from cabins, cottages and campgrounds to hotels, motels and weekend rentals. Whether you’ve come to pitch your tent or stay in style, we are your destination for a great nights’ rest.


From antiques to art, jeans to jewelry or even cheese to chocolate, the shopping offered in our community will leave you wanting to schedule your next visit. Our downtown state of mind expands beyond just those streets – come see why we are your destination for retail therapy.

Places to Eat and Drink

Filled with creative concepts, we offer something to tickle the taste buds of any fickle foodie. Our appetizing offerings include everything from a Friday-Night Fish Fry at a pub, to prize-winning pizza from a local iconic eatery. The options are
endless to satisfy every taste bud in your family and to see why we are your destination for indulging.

Calendar of Events

Stephenson County offers an endless supply of “save-the-dates” for your calendar. From fairs and festivals, to concerts and Cruise Night, this county knows how to entertain (and keep you busy)! If it’s fun you’re looking for, we are your destination for fun.

Upcoming Events

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Highland Farmers Market

2998 W. Pearl City Road, Freeport, IL
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Lena Farmers Market

100 Main St Lena, IL
4:30 pm

Lena Weekly Gathering

Stephenson County CVB
9:30 am - 11:00 am

Freeport Area Women’s Connection Brunch

Stephenson County CVB
7:00 am - 11:00 am

Freeport Farmers Market

Stephenson County CVB
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Stephenson County Farmers Market

Stephenson County Farmers Market

Did You Know...?

Jane, Abe and Stephen Were Here.

Cedarville is the home of Jane Addams, an internationally famous humanitarian and social-work pioneer who founded Chicago’s Hull house, and was the first female to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Visit her museum, located in an 1889 school building in Cedarville, featuring a permanent exhibit honoring this trailblazer.

Experience the second of the famous debates between Abraham Lincoln, the Republican candidate for the United States Senate from Illinois, and incumbent Senator Stephen Douglas, the Democratic Party candidate, by visiting Debate Square in Freeport. It was at this site on August 27, 1858, that the Freeport Doctrine, an important statement regarding slavery and state’s rights, was proclaimed. We are…history.

A Little Brew…and a #1 Chew

Recently voted the #1 Best Beef Burger in the state by the Illinois Beef Association, Pearl City’s local eatery, Route No. 73 Brew & Chew, offers a selection of signature hand-packed burgers made fresh from locally raised, 100% pure beef. Besides juicy burgers, they also have sandwiches and daily specials - like their infamous California Street Tacos that were featured on "Where the Locals Eat," on WREX TV 13 News. They also feature an all-you-can-eat fish fry on Friday nights, locally raised pork for their pulled pork sandwiches, as well a great selection of local and worldly craft beers. We are…recognized.

If You Build It

Hit one out of the park when you stop by Little Cubs Field in Freeport. This detailed, scale-model replica of Wrigley Field, includes ivy-covered brick for outfield walls - grown from actual Wrigley Field ivy cuttings and a hand-painted, crowd-scene mural below the scoreboard. Wrigley bleacher seats, as well as authentic dugouts make this a must-see on your stop in Stephenson County. This decade-old field is used for our littlest baseball players in Little League, as well as for parents, grandparents, and anyone else who wants to run the bases in a ball field about one-third the size of Wrigley Field. To date, visitors from over 40 countries and every state in the union have come to see our own field of dreams. We are…local.


4596 US Highway 20 East,
Freeport, IL 61032


Phone: 815-233-1357 | 800-369-2955
Fax: 815-233-1358


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4596 US Highway 20 East, Freeport, IL 61032

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