Welcome to Princeton, Illinois

This is the kind of place where everyone knows just about everyone else and visitors feel like they might have lived here in a past life. Whether you are visiting for a day, a week, or a lifetime, Princeton welcomes you. But, Princeton is much more than just friendly: we’ve got a flair for the arts, an interesting and quirky history dating back to 1831, year-round festivals, events, nature trails, parks, and a unique Main Street that offers fun, food and affordable shopping treasures. Relax and enjoy! Spend some time in a cozy downtown café with a book  or a newspaper and a cup of hot coffee. Find out why Bureau County was ranked the 5th best place to live in the Midwest and the 21st best rural county to live in the whole United States. You might end up wanting to do more than visit! Get off the Highway where the four Flags of Freedom wave and feel your life slow down just a notch and although the pace may be slow, don’t worry; we have high speed wireless hotspots for you to stay connected! Located in the heart of Bureau County, Princeton is as easy to reach as it is to enjoy. From points north, south, east and west, Princeton lies near major interstate through fares and is an easy drive from Peoria, Quad Cities, Rockford and Chicago. Amtrak makes several stops at Princeton’s faithfully restored depot throughout the day and is a designated stop on the Carl Sandberg train. Nearby motels and B & B’s await!