Welcome to Freeport and Stephenson County, Illinois!

Come on in…the door is open!

In Freeport and Stephenson County, you’ll find that “welcome” is more than just a word – it’s part of our lifestyle. From family-run shops and farm stands to museums and cultural events, we’re happy to share the hometown feeling that makes this part of Illinois a special experience. Explore our web site for all the great things to see and do here.  If you need further information, please contact us.

Featured Attractions!



June 1-December 31

Enjoy a leisurely drive through the rolling hills of Stephenson County and stop at local cheese stores, craft breweries and a winery. Participants can, at their leisure, visit each of the businesses on the tour. Pick up a passport for the tour at the Freeport/Stephenson County Visitors Center or at any of the participating businesses. Each location will have a customized Cheese and Cheers reward that can be earned by visiting all five locations by December 31. Once the passport is fully stamped, turn it in at the business of your choice to claim your reward (only one prize at one business per passport).

Participating Cheese and Cheers Tour businesses are:

The Cheese Market, Freeport
Famous Fossil Vineyard and Winery, Freeport
Generations Brewing Company, Freeport
Lena Brewing Company, Lena
Megz Country Cheese, Davis








Download the  2016 Visitors Guide

Contact Us

Freeport/Stephenson County Convention and Visitors Bureau

4596 US Highway 20 East, Freeport, IL 61032

Phone: 815-233-1357 / 800-369-2955

Fax: 815-233-1358