As part of the 2023 Bishop Hill Chautauqua, join author and historian Brian “Fox” Ellis for a walking tour through Bishop Hill, Illinois. This one-hour tour starts at the park gazebo at 9 a.m. Hear the touching, tragic, and inspiring stories of the immigrants who created this Utopia on the Prairie. Weaving quotes from the founders with Swedish folk tunes, this tour is both educational and entertaining. The tour is free but donations are welcomed. No reservations are necessary.
The 2023 Bishop Hill Chautauqua is a 2-day historical re-enactment brought to life through storytelling and music on August 26 and 27.  Spend the weekend in the village park with several characters from our past such as Bob Dylan, Abraham Lincoln, Jenny Lind, Carl Sandberg and many more. Saturday afternoon, enjoy Fika with some of the performers. Saturday evening, enjoy a dinner theater at P.L. Johnson. Event is free and open to the public. Please bring a lawn chair. For more information, contact the Bishop Hill Heritage Association at 309 927-3899 or at The weekend’s schedule is posted below: