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Arts and Culture

Princeton celebrates it’s history and the arts! Enjoy professional theatre at Festival 56, explore the arts at Prairie Arts Council, or visits several museums located right in town.

Princeton Art District

We are lined with several unique businesses, which include unique gift buying – children’s boutiques, special occasion boutiques, beauty & wellness, pottery, wine, beer, coffee, food, as well as beautiful BnB’s.


Bureau County Historical Society

The Bureau County Historical Society operates two museum buildings and a research library with a variety of resources on Bureau County’s history!

Lovejoy Homestead

The Owen Lovejoy House is a historic house museum on East Peru Street in Princeton, Illinois. Built in 1838, it was for many years home to Owen Lovejoy, a prominent abolitionist and congressman.

Theaters and Performing Arts

Festival 56

Festival 56 presents a wide selection of the most memorable plays and musicals throughout history, from the plays of William Shakespeare to the new generation of Broadway composers.

Prairie Arts Center

Since its formation in 1995, the Prairie Arts Council has sponsored hundreds of successful programs, classes, musical and theatrical productions and visual arts exhibits for people of all ages and abilities.

Apollo Theater

Since 1883, the historic Apollo Theater has been showing movies to the general public. Stop and see a show at one of the two theaters and enjoy the tasty popcorn and snacks. 

Bureau County Chorus/Band

The Bureau County Chorus and Band is where bright talented singers and musicians volunteer to share their gift of voice and music to the public. 

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Princeton, Illinois 61356


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