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Bishop Hill Illinois

207 N. Bishop Hill Street, Bishop Hill, IL
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Shops closed very early. Aug 4 2018. Like 2pm they closed. We got in town at 2pm. So a waisted... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jim H
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East Peoria, Illinois
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Bishop Hill, Il

Founded in 1846 by Swedes not happy with religious views in Sweden. BH was known as the Utopia on... read more

Reviewed 8 July 2018
Lou L
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Bishop Hill, Illinois, United States
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good32%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible7%
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“fun shops” (2 reviews)
“worth a visit” (2 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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207 N. Bishop Hill Street, Bishop Hill, IL
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"heritage"
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"prairie"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Shops closed very early. Aug 4 2018. Like 2pm they closed. We got in town at 2pm. So a waisted trip for us. Locals told us, were a week early. Why should we make 2 trips to get the same results. Insanity.

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Reviewed 8 July 2018 via mobile

Founded in 1846 by Swedes not happy with religious views in Sweden. BH was known as the Utopia on the Prairie. A Swedish commune that was once a rival to early Chicago for production and manpower. Many original buildings ( pre civil war ) are...More

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Reviewed 20 May 2018

This was my first visit to Bishop Hill--What a secret! Such neat shops & artisans! The novelty items at the general store. In addition to the shops, I will to visit the museum. Very friendly bakery, with delicious homemade pies breads cookies and pastries.

1  Thank Rita C
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Reviewed 10 July 2017

It is a quaint spot on the road except that it has three restuarants, little shops all selling the same type of primative arts and crafts at over inflated prices. I am not sure if it was worth the 20 mile or so detour.

2  Thank sciencetiger
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Reviewed 29 May 2017

Bishop Hill is small, laid back, peaceful, and has an interesting history. There are museums (free - but donation jars to help out!) that tell the history of the Swedish immigrants who established a colony here as they were seeking religious freedom. Volunteers at the...More

3  Thank ijr103
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

Bishop Hill is very laid back and peaceful. Everyone goes at a slow pace. There is not a convenience store, & nothing open for dinner.

1  Thank _dinks2
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Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

This was my first visit to Bishop Hill--what a charming place! Such neat shops & artisans! The Swedish items at the general store was really neat also. In addition to the shops, for the festival they had clay & fiber artists in tents, a wheat...More

1  Thank lbgreene
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Reviewed 25 July 2016

Only had a few hours and was a bit of a drive for us, but worth the trip. We were not there for any festivals, in fact, many of the shops and restaurant were closed for the 4th holiday but what we did see was...More

2  Thank P7958ZTjanets
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Reviewed 20 May 2016 via mobile

Bishop Hill is a historical throwback to Little House on the Prairie with museums, historical buildings, artisans, restaurants where the people dress in period clothing from 1860, when the town was established by Swedish immigrants. Weekends include old time baseball games, pottery making, broom making,...More

2  Thank JLPage
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Reviewed 14 October 2015

This little village has shops, restaurants, museums, and a lovely park/village green with benches for relaxing. It is...Swedish. And interesting! The old church/meeting house is worth a visit, especially for the separate staircases via which mean and women had to enter the space. If you...More

2  Thank NoRestForTheWeary
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Jenn A
5 July 2017|
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Response from ijr103 | Reviewed this property |
I was there in May so it was not an issue. I would guess "no" for some older buildings/museums, but I do not know.
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Bobbie M
23 September 2015|
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Response from Dianne M | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the above answer. We did donate to the museums because such great displays and know it costs to keep them open, but no pressure at all. A wonderful trip. Sorry I couldn't answer sooner--couldn't get site to... More
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