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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.
Steeped in tradition, the YMCA's Rowing Crew plays host to the Head of the Rock Regatta every October. This decades-old race draws more than 2,000 rowers from across the country and more than 5,000 spectators to the banks of the Rock River. The Head of the Rock Regatta is a rowing race of 5,000 meters (3.2 miles) on the Rock River, beginning at Martin Park and finishing at the YMCA. It is a sanctioned event of the United States Rowing Association, requiring the observance of USRowing race protocol. Suggested viewing spots are Martin Park, The Symbol, Sinnissippi Gardens, and anywhere along the east bank of the river between Riverside Boulevard and Whitman Street. Bring picnics, chairs and blankets and get a spot early to enjoy a relaxing event.
The Roscoe Lions Club hosts the village's annual Fall Festival at Leland Park, featuring amusement rides, live music, parades and a raffles. All proceeds from the raffle will go toward supporting the Lions Club.
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.
Held rain or shine on the second weekend after Labor Day every year, this annual two-day outdoor event features original artwork by up to 155 juried artists from throughout the Midwest and across the nation – along with live music by local musicians (included with fair admission), regional vendors, children’s art activities, plus food, drink, and more. Established in 1948, Greenwich is the longest-running art fair of its kind in the Midwest. Ticket proceeds support Rockford Art Museum throughout the year.
Come hug an aged oak tree, watch the cranes in their early morning graze or search out the scarlet cardinal flowers. Listen to nature's whisper.
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.
The "Holidazzle Craft Show" returns to the Winnebago County Fairgrounds, featuring crafters with all handmade items. Get a head start on Christmas shopping. Concessions will be available.
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.
Since 1978, Heartwood Creations has been creating finely crafted wooden jewelry boxes that are perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re looking for a box for your pills or possibly something to hold small tools and other trinkets, our custom wooden boxes are the perfect fit. We create each box in our shop in Rockford, Illinois and will make sure that what you order is something you will love!
Experience World War II like no other. Over 40 authentic vehicles and 1200 reenactors will have battles with pyrotechnics, skirmishes, demonstrations, and displays. Military sales vendors will join our food vendors to help you enjoy your day. New this year: Hear the Andrew Sisters live musical performance and tour General Patton's Mobile Command Center. Tickets are available online, www.midwayvillage.com, at the Museum Gift Store, or at the gate. Parking is free. Registered card carrying reenactors are the ONLY guests admitted into the event in vintage military uniforms. Visitors may dress in civilian 1940s costumes if desired.
"Merry and Bright: A Downtown Holiday" returns with Stroll on State, a spectacular holiday event to attend with your family and friends to get you in the holiday spirit. There are plenty of activities to do, decorations to see, and delicious food to eat at this fourth annual event to celebrate the holiday season downtown.
Open: Wednesday: 1 pm to 3 pm; or by appointment This museum, in an 1870's building, features artifacts from the Rock City area including pictures, clothing, articles and more.
The Semi-Annual "Pec Thing" Antique & Flea Market show has over 500 vendors selling everything from antiques and collectibles to crafts and home good items. Vendors occupy over 100,000 square feet inside and over 40-acres outside. Parking is free. Concessions will be available. No pets are allowed.
Welcome to Flatlander Market. There are so many great things to experience every time you visit. Fresh coffee and espresso drinks, delicious sandwiches, homemade chili and soups, cookies by Sally baked everyday, crafted cheeses from near and far, and the largest selection of Illinois wines in McHenry county. Try some freshly ground and brewed private blend coffee, or our flavor of the day. You may want to have something from our espresso bar: Steaming hot espresso, cappuccinos and cafe latte, or even a tasty steamer.
Beauty, innovation, and culinary perfection only begin to describe the new Franchesco's Ristorante. The Salamone family proudly invites everyone to their new home for an unforgettable experience. The beautiful patio is perfect for lunch, dinner, small private events, or ceremonies with flowers blooming in season and a beautiful fountain to enjoy!
The most delicious Vienna Hot Dogs around! Their dogs are Chicago Style featuring a Vienna all beef hot dog cuddled by a freshly steamed poppy seed bun, topped with yellow mustard, neon green relish, sweet onions, fresh tomato wedges, kosher pickle spear, spicy sport peppers and of course, a dash of celery salt. 518 West Main Street
The quaint shop opened in the fall of 2001, selling pumpkins and barn wood crafts. Antiques and crafts, from furniture and home decor to primitives, tools and vintage farm equipment -- there's a wide assortment to choose from.
Handcrafted Amish furniture, can be custom built to your specifications. Built only by true Amish craftsmen, with every attention to detail using only solid pieces of wood. Built to last for generations to come! Onsite gourmet coffee bar.
Family owned since 1922. Shoes and clothing for the whole family. Name brand as well as some unusual items.
The Garden Hotel and Conference Center is a full service hotel featuring the Greenhouse Grill and Bar. The 164 room hotel offers updated, comfortable accommodations for corporate and leisure visitors. Room blocks are available for corporate and wedding groups as well as sports teams, family reunions, and any other large group needing accommodations. The recreation area offers a large indoor swimming pool, spa, and state of the art fitness center. Poolside hospitality rooms are also available. The Conference Center offers over 11,000 square feet of space to accommodate weddings and corporate functions as well as social events.