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World Robot Olympiad-USA 2016 National Competition
WRO-USA is a rapidly growing competition, with plans to expand to 150 teams across at least 15 states in 2016, culminating in the National Championship at Northern Illinois University. Now in its third year in the United States, WRO-USA is expanding its program to reach even more young people throughout the country. They not only encourages young people to develop the necessary technical skills, but teaches significant life skills as well. Visit the Northern Illinois University Convocation Center on September 4, 2016 to watch the World Robot Olympiad-USA 2016 National Competition. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to come and watch our future STEM leaders compete in exciting robotic competitions!
Prairie Street Brewing Co.
A group of Rockford natives made the decision to share their passion for fine beer and food with others in the form of a brewpub. Their home is the historic Prairie Street Brewhouse, an important part of Rockford’s history and currently coming back to life as a mixed-use development. Home to the original Rockford Brewing Company, this building was one of the first breweries in the nation, pumping out over 75,000 barrels a year and its peak. Their shiny new 15-barrel brewery is the backdrop to Rockford’s newest destination for handcrafted beer and food. They are proud and excited to bring this wonderful piece of Rockford history back to life and look forward to exceeding expectations.
Grassroots Outdoor Community Market
New local outdoor market featuring locally grown farm produce, meat, eggs, honey, baked goods, gourmet oils, essential oils, body care products, arts, crafts, and much more! With a wide selection of gluten-free, organic, vegan and natural goods. Grassroots Juicery & Cafe will be open and serving smoothies, juices, wraps, soups, salads, teas and more, so you can have lunch while enjoying the market. Serving the Illinois cities of Sycamore, DeKalb, Cortland, Maple Park, Malta, Genoa, and surrounding communities. We are hosting this new Sunday market outside in our parking lot. The market will be open 9 am to 1 pm on these dates: 5/22, 6/12, 6/26, 7/10, 7/24, 8/14, 8/28, 9/11, 9/25, and 10/9.
Kiss: Freedom to Rock Tour at the BMO Harris Bank Center
In their 40 year career, Kiss has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide. Their 1975 album "Alive!" climbed into the Top Ten and their single, "Rock 'N' Roll All Nite," made it to number 12. Their album, "Destroyer," was the group's first platinum album and featured their first Top Ten single, the power ballad "Beth." As America's #1 Gold Record Award winning group of all time, KISS can easily be named one of rock's most influential bands. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers have released 44 albums and sold more than 100 million albums worldwide.
Krazy Kids Inflatable Fun Run 2016
Townsquare Media's Krazy Kids Inflatable Fun Run is the first nation-wide obstacle run created solely for children. The course is one that your kids will never forget. We put a krazy amount of thought into making each inflatable obstacle unique, safe and most importantly, fun!
Rockford Roasting Company
It has become far too easy in our consumer culture for us to forget that coffee is a crop. This means that coffee is something that is grown by farmers; it requires workers to harvest, to mill, to dry, and a list of other tasks that happen well before those beans ever arrive to us. We believe if handled properly at origin, coffee has the potential to be respected and treated like a fine wine. We aim to bring in coffees that have been grown properly and responsibly. Quality sourcing is just the first step in our journey toward the best possible flavor in the resulting cups of coffee we make.
Ukulele Station America
Ukulele Station America is a unique and magical shop housed in a local historic landmark located on Illinois Rt 64 as it passes through beautiful Oregon. We specialize in the sale of Ukuleles and Accessories. With over 100 ukes in stock, we sell a variety of ukuleles for beginner, intermediate or advanced players. We have the perfect instrument to match your taste and fit your budget. Follow us on Facebook and check out our website to explore all the pages and then come visit the shop. We guarantee it will be a fun and amazing experience! Open Wednesday – Saturday 1-5 pm.
Lincoln Way Inn B&B
Located on the historic Lincoln Highway in Franklin Grove, the Lincoln Way Inn features five locally themed rooms, each with a unique design and décor. Included with the rooms are amenities such as small refrigerator with beverages, coffee and tea service, toiletries, fresh flowers, organic robes, slippers, linens, and towels. Guests who visit the bed and breakfast will receive a home-cooked breakfast made from locally grown products. We also offer spa services, sauna, workout area, outdoor hot tub and fireplace, four-season dining porch, library with a computer and printer for guest use and cable and wireless internet access in each room.
Starlight Theatre - July 2016 Productions
Starlight Theatre at Rock Valley College presents its 2016 summer productions of great theater: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - July 6-10, Jesus Christ Superstar - July 13-17, The Phantom of the Opera - July 20-24, and Children of Eden - July 27-31
The Barn on the Hill
The Barn on the Hill is an old dairy barn with the collection of original sliding doors that allow natural light to pour in. The Barn on the Hill radiates simple elegance. The thousands of white lights strung from the beams give our welcoming space a warm comfortable feel for up to 250 guests. Set on 7.5 acres - plenty of space to make it your own for the event you envision, whether it be a birthday, graduation, anniversary, shower, reunion, corporate retreat, rehearsal, or wedding. We are a rural private venue located 20 miles southwest of Rockford, Illinois. We are located midway between Leaf River, IL and Byron, IL on Route 72.
Ellwood House Lecture Series: Local Lore
The public is invited to the Ellwood House Museum for a new lecture series titled “Local Lore.” Local Lore is an adult lecture series which will cover a wide variety of topics relating to DeKalb history. Each month, a different guest speaker will present these fascinating programs. All lectures take place at the Ellwood House Museum Visitor Center. Visit the Ellwood House Museum webpage for dates and times.
Make America Rock Again Festival
Introducing the inaugural make America Rock Again tour – feeding your need for headbanging American hard rock, coming to a stage in your city this summer! Experience all of your favorite chart-topping bands in your backyard each night: Trapt, Saliva, Saving Abel, Alien Ant Farm, Crazytown, 12 Stones and Tantric. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 20th at 10:00am.
Trivia Night at Cademon Brewing Co.
Are you ready for another trivia night?! Join us the first Tuesday of the month for another round of Trivia at Cademon! Teams of 1-5 people participate in 4 rounds of 10 questions, followed by a final wagered question. At the end of each of the first four rounds, you turn in your answer sheet and all the empty glasses from that round. You get points for correctly answering, and a point for each glass your team emptied in that round.Entry Fee: none! We do this for free for you. - Top three teams get "house cash!"
Midtown Ethnic Parade and Festival
The third annual Day of Celebration of all the diverse cultures in Rockford includes a parade of colors and customs with dancing dragons, bagpipes, ethnic dance troupes, music and more. The festival features international foods, a beer garden, performances, information, genealogy, a children's activity area, and much more. The festival begins at noon, the parade begins at 1:00pm.
Autumn Craft & Treasures Market
The 44th annual Autumn Craft & Treasures Market, sponsored by the Sycamore Music Boosters, is part of the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival weekend October 29 & 30, 2016. This event will be held at the Sycamore High School Fieldhouse, Saturday, October 29 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday, October 30 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. There are over 250 vendors featuring a wide variety of quality crafts, handmade wood products, specialty items such as wool products, candles, spices, candies, antiques, ceramics and much more.
El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant
Serving all your Mexican favorites and more! Tortas, appetizers, salads, fajitas, vegetarian dishes, combos and more! All your favorite cocktails plus beer, wine and the best margaritas in the area.
La Quinta Inn & Suites Rockford
The La Quinta Inn & Suites Rockford hotel is located conveniently off of I-90, just twelve miles from the Chicago Rockford International Airport. We have a variety of shops and restaurants within walking distance. Relax in one of our clean and comfortable guest rooms and enjoy access to our business center and new state-of-the-art fitness center. Our 100% non-smoking hotel offers free high-speed Internet access, a refreshing indoor pool and spa, as well as a guest laundry facility available at a nominal fee. Our guest rooms are equipped with microwaves, refrigerators, 40-inch flat screen TVs, pillowtop mattresses, coffee makers, hair dryers, iron and boards, and free local calls. You can also stop by our Bright Side Market if you forget any of your essential amenities. Also, our meeting facilities make this a great place for your next meeting, baby shower or any special events. Start the day right with our free Bright Side Breakfast that includes an assortment of hot breakfast items, tea and hot chocolate, assorted juices, bagels, breads, hot and cold cereals, fresh fruit, and yogurt.
Rockford Art Deli
Rockford Art Deli (R.A.D.) is creative collective, located in downtown Rockford, helping business owners with marketing and screen printing needs through a smorgasbord of delectable art and web design, urban graphic design and screen printing – everything from tee shirts to posters. Amidst the vintage deli decor, R.A.D. holds screen printing classes, hosts art gallery showings, and other events for the public. The store sells t-shirts, signature artist series goods and gift items.
Lincoln Way Inn Bed & Breakfast
Lincoln Way Inn pays tribute to its turn of the century roots, with a modern, yet rustically elegant touch. Located in the heart of the Midwest, on the historic Lincoln Highway, the Inn offers a destination experience that engages guests in the sights, sounds, and tastes of the prairie countryside. Offering something for everyone, from arts, culture, history, entertainment, and bountiful outdoor activities, Lee County and the surrounding attractions await our guests with first class concierge services provided to assist you in your planning.
Cruisin’ to Genoa Car Show
Visit Downtown Genoa for the 3rd Annual Cruisin' to Genoa Car show. See 150 cars, enjoy family fun, music, free movie and more!
2016 Harvest of Quilts and Textile Art Show
The DeKalb County Quilter's Guild invites you to our biennial quilt show, October 1-2, 2016. Enjoy this year's expanding our offerings to other textile and fiber arts, such as weaving, spinning, knitting, crocheting, wearable art and more. The featured artist will be Lorraine Torrence, who makes wearable art and quilts, and will be presenting three lectures, "Design Principles for Quilters," "Finding Your Voice," and "Creative Clothing for Everybody." In addition to 300+ quilts on display, there will be exhibits in other disciplines and special exhibits including the Hoffman Challenge and a trunk show by SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates.) There will be demonstrations, workshops, lectures, and a vendors mall with new and longtime favorites. Food will also be available to purchase.
DeKalb Farmers Market
The DeKalb Farmers Market features locally-grown produce, wine, baked goods, flowers and artisan crafts. Live music is presented each week by the Egyptian Theatre. It's a great way to enjoy an afternoon. Open Thursday's from 10-2 June through September.
Winnebago County Fair
Come to the 95th Annual Winnebago County Fair and enjoy the sights, the sounds, the animals, the competitions, the music, and great entertainment. Visit the website for a complete schedule of events.
Paint, Drink and be Merry at Prairie State Winery
Join Prairie State Winery for their latest event with with "Vino Van Gogh!" Come for a fun afternoon of wine and painting. Starts at 2pm and pre-registration is required.Together (12x12 stretched canvas) will be the featured painting.