Downtown Freeport, Illinois is a special place. There is a resurgence of positivity and hope. Beautiful historic buildings and unique businesses. Once upon a time, Freeport was home to more millionaires in the nation than any other city. A diverse array of entrepreneurs fueled its economy. President Abraham Lincoln and Senator Stephen Douglas appeared at a debate there in 1858. Although he won, Senator Douglas' response to slavery changed the course of history forever (for the better). Presently, we honor that rich history with the Lincoln-Douglas Debate Square...the very place they both stood. The historic former Billerbeck Bakery attributes to the high school mascot, the Freeport Pretzels. Pretzel City is our nickname. Striving to become a cyclist friendly city, there have been local investments for paths, way finding, pretzel-shaped bike racks, and shared bike lanes in downtown. The downtown has grown in the last 5 years, adding 22 new small businesses in 2016 alone. It's a priority to shop local and keep unique small businesses thriving. Restaurants and specialty stores are our pride. Diversity in our downtown thrives. As a matter of fact, it's more than just having a diverse population, it's about inclusion. Freeport integrates in a magical way your hard pressed to find in a comfortable small Midwest town. Art and culture are a top priority here. We work together and host over 16 events each year. Please consider downtown Freeport.