All In Value Video Series


Old buildings create new stories as a younger generation takes hold of our historic downtown. Our community is buzzing with new business as entrepreneurs invest in the potential and fuel a resurgence downtown. Experience the excitement and growth for yourself in downtown Freeport.


Always Learning

In Freeport and Stephenson County, we are always learning, always changing, always progressing. It’s about having a strong work ethic, outstanding educational opportunities, a commitment to innovation and a supportive community that grows together.


Arts & Culture

From one of the oldest amateur theaters in the nation, Winneshiek Playhouse, to the future civic arts plaza downtown to events like Paint-The-Port and Art in the Park, Freeport is a destination for arts and culture. Explore your artistic side and experience our rich history in Freeport and Stephenson County.


Hard Work

In Freeport and Stephenson County, we value hard work and entrepreneurship. Business leaders work together to invest in and grow our community. With vision and dedication, you can create your business and thrive. Learn about how hard work pays off in Freeport and Stephenson County.



Collaborate Freeport presents Livability – the first in a new video series that highlights Freeport’s values and strengths.

Nestled in the rolling hills of northwest Illinois, Freeport is “very much the American hometown,” according to Andrea Winter of Winter Design. Freeport and Stephenson County residents want the best for their families and are working to create a brighter, better future for generations to come. 

In Freeport, opportunities abound. Enjoy craft beer and wine, tour museums filled with art and culture and explore the downtown for shopping and nightlife. Freeport is an excellent place to:

  • Raise a family
  • Meet new people
  • Start and grow your business
  • Live affordably
  • Build your life

Hear what residents and community leaders say about why Freeport is so livable.