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Freeport is located in northern Illinois in Stephenson County
(of which it is the county seat) about 25 miles west of Rockford
along U.S. Highway 20. The population estimate for July 1, 1998 was 25,806, a decrease of 34 since 1990. The town's pretzel moniker was derived in 1869 when the Billerbeck Bakery flooded Freeport with pretzels.
Freeport was the host for the second of eight Abraham Lincoln-Stephen A. Douglas debates in 1858. A life-sized statue--"Lincoln and Douglas in Debate"--commemorates the site. Another statue in town--"Lincoln, the Debater Statue"--honors the former President.
Recreation is plentiful in the area and revolves around the Pecatonica River and Park Hills Golf Course, a 36-hole complex open to the public.
The town is home to Highland Community College and the Freeport Arts Center.
Education Highland Community College |
Public Libraries Freeport Public Library |
Motels, Hotels and Resorts Super 8 Motel-Freeport |
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02/07 Coming to The area
Dairy State Cheese and Beer Festival Kenosha WI April20 This fun-filled event includes cheese from around the state of Wisconsin, some of the area’s finest beers and live music.
North Shore Unitarian Church Art Fair Deerfield IL April27-28 NSUC's annual ART FAIR is a juried show featuring the original works of 65+ talented artists and artisans. The fine art and fine crafts exhibited include photography, painting, ceramics, glass, paper, woodwork, metalwork, jewelry, sculpture, fiber, clothing and mixed media. Exhibiting artists come from Illinois as well as from several surrounding states.
Dutch Days Festival Fulton IL May3-4 Arts and Crafts Vendors; Food and Concession Stands; Windmill Tours; Dutch Dancing and Costumes; Antique Tractor Display; Dutch Treasures Display; Heritage Canyon w/Early American Crafters; Hindeloopen Painting Demo and Sales; Stippling Display and Parade.
Montello's Fish-n-Fun Montello WI May3-5 Fly over the city in a helicopter, paddle down the Fox River like Marquette and Joliet in a guided canoe, munch on cotton candy between thrilling carnival rides, send the kids fishing with the pros on Montello Lake.
Chocolate Fest Long Grove IL May3-5 Dive into three days of nothing but CHOCOLATE! Mmm, chocolate strawberries, donuts, and much more! Every spring, the Village of Long Grove celebrates the existence of the world's best tasting antioxidant.
Lilac Time Art and Craft Fair Lombard IL May5 The Lilac Time Art and Craft Fair is held annually on St. Charles Road between Main and Elizabeth in downtown Lombard. All of the proceeds received from the craft booth rentals are donated to local charities. Features 140 craft exhibitors and 4000 attendees throughout the day.