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

Frau Blucker’s
207 North Bishop Hill Street
61419
Bishop Hill
Wednesday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., January through February weekends only Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday 12:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Garden Thyme
109 North Bishop Hill Street
61419
Bishop Hill
Hantverk Galleri
403 N. Bishop Hill Street
61419
Bishop Hill
Wednesday thru Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday 12 Noon - 5 p.m.
Henry County Historical Museum
202 South Park Street
61419
Bishop Hill
Open May 1 through October 31, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Groups are welcome please call ahead.
Lindstrom’s Vintage Supply & Gifts
204 N. Johnson Street
61419
Bishop Hill
Friday and Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 11am-4pm
Outsider Gallery
409 North Erickson Street
61419
Bishop Hill
Open by Appointment
P.L. Johnson’s
110 Bjorkland Street
61419
Bishop Hill
Open daily March to December, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. February Weekends. Closed January. Groups welcomed, please call ahead.
Peasant Works
205 North Bishop Hill Street
61419
Bishop Hill
Friday to Sunday 11 am to 5 pm, Hours vary by Season, call ahead!
Prairie Arts Center
203 North Bishop Hill Street
61419
Bishop Hill
April through December, Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. January and February Closed, March Limited Hours
Sugar “N” Spice
105 South Bishop Hill Street
61419
Bishop Hill
Wednesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday Noon to 5 pm Closed January through March