Welcome to Bishop Hill, Illinois

In 1846, a group of Swedish immigrants seeking religious freedom left their native land under the guidance of their charismatic spiritual leader, Erik Jansson. The site for their new utopia, later called Bishop Hill, was described to them as a “land of plenty, brimming with milk and honey,” and they struggled to make it so. These Janssonists built a successful communal society based on economic and religious principles. Many of the structures erected during this building campaign still exist. The colony grew and flourished for fifteen years before disbanding in 1861.

Today Bishop Hill is a quiet country village where the charm and character of the original colony have survived the test of time. Bishop Hill is a National Landmark Village, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and it is an Illinois State Historic Site. Join us! We invite you to taste the history of this once-bustling 19th century settlement. Sample our fascinating museums, quaint eateries, unique gift shops, and art galleries. Peek into the past at our seasonal festivals and holiday celebrations. Spend hours or days here with family and friends.

 Search Illinois Periodicals Online for more of Bishop Hill’s remarkable history.

Renew your spirit in this peaceful place.
er why Bishop Hill remains a utopia on the prairie today!






Join us at these Upcoming
Bishop Hill Events

January 23 - 4th Annual Robbie Burns Supper

Come and celebrate one of Scotland’s most famous sons in a 200-year-old Scottish tradition. The folks at Bishop Hill's Filling Station will host this fourth annual Burns Birthday Supper at 6 pm with bagpipes, song, and delicious haggis. Dinner includes roast beef, mashed potatoes & neeps, peas, and sticky toffee pudding. The meal, with entertainment, costs just $15 and is half-price if you wear a kilt. BYOB - Scotch preferred! Reservations are encouraged, so please call 309-927-3355.