Byron is known as the "Gateway to the Rock River Valley" and is attractive to new businesses and residents because of its proximity to all that big cities have to offer while maintaining its small-town feel. Byron is a modern urban community with a friendly rural character. Known for their award-winning golf course, beautiful river front, and excellent schools, Byron is located in northern Illinois along the Rock River, 88 miles west of Chicago and 12 miles south of Rockford. Surrounded by the beauty of nature and friendly people, Byron is a wonderful place to live, work, and visit.
Community organization that produces four shows per year as well as outreach activities in the community.
NHRA championship drag racing.
Enjoy hiking trails, picnic shelters, and observatory, seeing rare and endangered prairie plants.
Local history and exhibits.
Aquatic programs, fitness room, indoor track, courts, and more.
Biking, running and walking path starts at Byron Forest Preserve then crosses the Rock River.
The Heritage Farm Museum located within the Byron Forest Preserve offers an early American farm experience. In 1843, Charlie Wilbur and his family came from New York and settled across the river from Byron, Illinois. The farm, which is now called Heritage Farm, remained in the Wilbur family for five generations. The Byron Forest Preserve has restored the farm buildings so future generations can discover what early country life was about. You can enjoy a free self-guided tour through the grout house. Walk around the grounds to see the live chickens! Take a peek in the barns at the local “residents.” A small fee may be charged for guided tours.Open daily Apr. 1 – Oct. 31; Monday-Friday 8a- 4:30p/Saturday 10a - 6p/Sunday 2-6p. Group tours by appointment.
A portrait of Lewis B. Miller, who set a 1925 speed record on the Lincoln Highway is depicted in this mural. Highly detailed images of his roadster and awards are included, with a vintage Byron streetscape for the background.
Jarrett Prairie Center. DIscover several prairie, woodlands, and wetland exhibition areas.
18-hole golf course.
11 inch Celestron reflecting telescope. Public programs.
Fresh flowers and speciality baskets. Also offers flower service for weddings and funerals.
Specialty notions and fabrics, classes and events.
Doll shop, restoration and doll costumes.
Food and pub.
Restaurant and bar.
Restaurant and bar.