Bishop Hill

Bishop Hill, Utopia on the Prairie – then and now

Once home to many Swedish immigrants, Bishop Hill – also known as Utopia on the Prairie – is worth a visit any time of the year. Designated as a State Historic Site and a National Historic Landmark, visitors from near and far come to experience this historic village rich in Swedish-American tradition.

Nearly a dozen structures remain from the old colony, dating back to 1846. As you stroll through the streets of Bishop Hill, you can imagine the early days as peeks into the past are clearly displayed throughout the town.  Take a moment to browse many of our unique shops for antiques, pottery, Swedish imports, quilts, and baskets. Indulge your taste buds as you sample authentic Swedish meatballs at one of our restaurants.  All museums, specialty shops, and restaurants are within walking distance.

In addition to being a Henry County showpiece, Bishop Hill hosts many festivals and events scheduled throughout the year they include:

  • Spring Jubilee
  • Valborg Bonfire
  • Prairie Queen Quilt Club Quilt Show
  • Midsommar Music Festival
  • Annual Country Antique Market
  • Antique Car Show
  • Bishop Hil Festival of the Arts and Ice Cream Social
  • Jordbruksdagarna “Agriculture Days.”
  • Chautauqua
  • Julmarknad “Christmas Market.”
  • Lucia Nights

Bishop Hill Bakery & Eatery
103 South Bishop Hill Street
61419
Bishop Hill
February 28 Thursday & Friday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday & Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Regular hours resume March 1
Bishop Hill Colony Store
101 West Main Street
61419
Bishop Hill
April 1 through December 31, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and January through March, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bishop Hill Gallery Inn
109 West Main Street
61419
Bishop Hill
Bishop Hill State Historic Site
304 South Bishop Hill Road
61419
Bishop Hill
March through October, Wednesday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; November through February, Thursday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bishop Hill Steeple Building
103 North Bishop Hill Street
61419
Bishop Hill
April to December, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. January through March Daily 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Bishop Hill, National Historic Landmark
304 Bishop Hill Road
61419
Bishop Hill
March through October, Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
November through February, Wednesday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Colony Inn
208 North Bishop Hill Street
61419
Bishop Hill
Entwined
401 North Bishop Hill Street
61419
Bishop Hill
Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm
Filling Station
303 North Bishop Hill Street
61419
Bishop Hill
Open daily 11am to 2pm, Friday Supper 5pm to 8pm; Saturday and Sunday breakfast 7am to 10am