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Visit Downtown Freeport

Visit Downtown Freeport

A destination on its own, Downtown Freeport features authentic architecture, diverse dining options, abundant shopping, family attractions, and historic monuments to keep all ages engaged.

Lindo Theatre

Classic Cinemas Lindo Theatre

Located in historic Downtown Freeport, the Classic Cinemas Lindo Theatre began with a single screen, a stage for vaudeville acts and a Bennet pipe organ to accompany the films. Over the years, this historic landmark has transformed into 9 stadium auditoriums equipped with Digital 3D and Enhanced 4K Digital Projection and 7.1 Sound. Grab a snack at the concession stand upfront and enjoy one of the latest movie releases in their spacious and comfortable theaters.
115 S Chicago Ave.
Freeport, IL 61032

Union Dairy

If you’re looking to find a little old school cool, stop down to the Union Dairy for a taste of the classic 50’s malt shop experience. Sit at the parlor bar for a juicy burger and a shake or order ice cream to go and enjoy the scenery of the Lincoln-Douglas Debate Square and historic Downtown Freeport.
126 E Douglas St.
Freeport, IL, 61032

Shopping

The downtown shopping experience continues to impress with vibrant boutiques, beautiful jewelry, home decor and furniture, confectioneries, hobby memorabilia and more. Be sure to schedule time to stroll the streets for great finds.

Lincoln Douglas Debate Square & Statue

On August 27, 1858, the most significant of the historic Lincoln-Douglas debates took place in Freeport, IL and gave the nation direction in succeeding years due to the famous Freeport Doctrine. While Stephen Douglas kept his seat in the Senate after the debates, his reply that each state should be perfectly free to do as it pleased in regards to slavery, no matter the ruling of the Supreme Court, stirred a sentiment of betrayal among constituents that would come back to haunt him in his bid for President in the election of 1860. Abraham Lincoln’s point that “a house divided could not stand,” his belief that Americans of every race were entitled to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” and his stance against Douglas’ advocacy for popular sovereignty were what ultimately led to his election later on.
Visit the Lincoln-Douglas Debate Square in historic downtown Freeport, next to the Union Dairy, to see the first statue ever erected to include both Lincoln and Douglas in commemoration of the debates that influenced US history. This landmark is one of two points of interest for Lincoln history in Stephenson County.
114 E Douglas St.
Freeport, IL, 61032

Freeport Public Library

Freeport Public Library

Freeport Public Library believes that in many ways a library is like a community living room: a dynamic resource and welcoming destination where people can learn, grow and assemble throughout their lives. Contemporary libraries like this one help individuals and entire communities remain vital and energetic. Freeport Public Library is home to a large collection of book titles (over 110,000), meeting rooms, diverse programs and much more. This library is more than books on a shelf, it’s a meeting place to share culture, history and community.
100 E Douglas St.
Freeport, IL 61032

Winneshiek Playhouse

Hailed as one of the oldest, continuous all-volunteer amateur theatres in the nation, Winneshiek Playhouse in downtown Freeport is an organization of people devoted to the development and enjoyment of theatre arts since 1916. The years have seen hundreds of first-rate productions of comedy and drama within the historic walls of this charming venue. Visit their website for the full list of upcoming productions so you can experience the artistry for itself!
ADDRESS:
228 W Clark St.
Freeport, IL 61032

Freeport Art Plaza

The Freeport Art Museum has created a vibrant, arts-based civic space that continues to add beautiful features to welcome residents and visitors to downtown.  Complete with a family splash pad, performance stage and large green space, the park is centrally located to Lincoln Douglas Debate site as well as Union Dairy.
ADDRESS:
15 W. Chicago Ave.
Freeport, IL 61032

Tutty's Crossing

Pecatonica River + Tutty’s Crossing Trailhead

Tutty’s Crossing Trailhead, located along the Pecatonica River in historic downtown Freeport, has been revitalized through community initiatives. Originally the location of the Burgess Battery Company (better known now as Duracell), Tutty’s Crossing has become the central spot for many biking and walking paths since connecting the Jane Addams Trail and Pecatonica Prairie Trail in 2015. Walk, bike, fish or paddle – this recreational area is perfect for experiencing the great outdoors in Freeport, Illinois
ADDRESS:
250 E Stephenson St.
Freeport, IL 61032

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It’s a Great Weekend for a River Cruise! July 22, 2021 Freeport now offers two vendors adding a Pecatonica River experience for residents and visitors! Pec-n-Paddle opened this year for kayak rentals, fishing tours and other water adventures. Kayaking is a great way to disconnect from your electronic world and relax. You are in charge of your own boat and where you want to go. Rent a kayak for a 2-, […]
Pretzel City Winefest offers shopping fun May 22 May 18, 2021 Freeport, IL – The Greater Freeport Partnership will host the fourth annual Pretzel City Winefest this Saturday, May 22 from noon to 4 pm. Tickets are still available for sale online for $25 at greaterfreeport.com/events.  After purchasing your tickets online, check-in at any of the five downtown restaurants to receive your Winefest glass, lanyard, bag, wine tokens and information packet with information on […]