The village takes its name from the Potawatomi chief and peacemaker Shabbona. Chief Shabbona traveled through the Fox Valley warning the white people about the approaching war Black Hawk was going to wage. He was hailed as the "Whiteman's Friend". When Shabbona was in Kansas visiting relatives, his land was appropriated.
Shabbona is located at 41°46?3?N 88°52?29?W / 41.7675°N 88.87472°W / 41.7675; -88.87472 (41.767381, -88.874677). Shabbona Lake State Park is located nearby.