City of Freeport, Illinois


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There is definitely plenty to see and do in the Freeport area!

Welcome to the City of Freeport, Illinois, also known as "Pretzel City USA." The pretzel became the trademark for Freeport when the Billerbeck Baker, which was established in 1869, flooded Freeport with pretzels!

The city and surrounding area offer a wide variety of attractions and recreation opportunities. Here are just a few of the things to see and do in Freeport.

Interested in history?
History buffs will want to tour the Stephenson County Historical Museum or visit one of the famous Lincoln-Douglas debate statutes located in town. "Lincoln and Douglas in Debate" is located on the corner of Douglas and State Streets. This area also includes a plaque dedicated by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1903. "Lincoln the Debater Statue" is located in Taylor Park. These statues can be viewed year round.

Want to do some shopping?
Avid shoppers enjoy browsing in Freeport's downtown district, as well as in the county's smaller communities. If you are looking for a treasure from the past, you might find it in one of the many antique stores in Freeport and the surrounding communities.

Looking to explore the great outdoors?
Freeport and Stephenson County families live close to nature and enjoy a variety of recreational opportunities in all seasons. The Freeport Park District maintains more than 770 acres of parkland in eight parks, a nature preserve, and wetlands preserve. In addition, the district operates Park Hills Golf Course, with two 18-hole courses. Stretching north from Freeport, Illinois, to the Wisconsin state line, the Jane Addams Trail is a natural wonder. This multi-use recreational trail offers beautiful scenery highlighted by 17 miles from Tutty's Crossing Trailhead to Wisconsin state line, 22 bridges, including the historic Van Buren Bridge erected in 1885 and a covered bridge outside Orangeville, and traverses northern Illinois through wetlands, creeks, woods, prairies, exposed rock embankments and farmland.

How about absorbing some local culture?
Freeport has lots to offer including art, history and theater. You can explore the six permanent exhibits at the Freeport Arts Center or visit the Americana and antique machinery exhibits at the Silver Creek Museum. The Winneshiek Players provide quality, live theater each season and are the oldest continuous amateur theater in the country. The Ferguson Fine Arts Theater, located on the campus of Highland Community College, features a variety of vocal and music concerts, live theater, and special performances.

Want to stay awhile?
The Freeport area has a variety of accommodations, whether it be a bed and breakfast or a quality hotel. There are many excellent restaurants, family dining options and fast food outlets. For assistance, visit website of the Freeport/Stephenson Visitors Bureau.

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Freeport City Hall
314 W. Stephenson St.
Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: 815-235-8200 or 815-235-8203