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Stephenson County Ag Breakfast
A farm breakfast showcasing Stephenson County agriculture producers with a menu of scrambled eggs, whole hog sausage, beef bacon, cheese, coffee cake, three flavors of ice cream, milk, orange juice and coffee. Additional activities include entertainment, a petting zoo, craft show, games and more as we salute and share the story of Stephenson County agriculture. Adults: $5; Children 5 and Under: Free
4th Annual Crusin’ To The Dairy Car Show
On September 3 at the Union Dairy in Freeport from 4 pm to 8 pm, cruise in to this great old fashioned ice cream parlor with great cars, 50's and 60's music, and more. Music by 3-D Sound. Hourly drawings for food prizes. Souvenir t-shirts. No entry fee.
Authentic Mexican restaurant with all of the specialties. Full bar, carryouts, children’s menu, entertainment. Open: Sunday thru Thursday: 11 am to 9 pm; Friday and Saturday: 11 am to 10:30 am
Anderson Japanese Gardens - Japanese Summer Festival
The Japanese Summer Festival features exhibits, demonstrations and unique performances that appeal to all age groups and helps foster a better understanding of the Japanese culture. Most Festival activities are included with Garden Admission, with a small fee required for tea ceremony participation. 2016 Activities & Performances Include: Ho Etsu Taiko Drum Performance - Japanese drum ensemble Candyman Performance - Japanese street performer Raku Pottery - Demonstration and displays Origami - Hands-on demonstrations of Japanese art of paper folding Awi-odori Dance - Traditional Japanese Dance Japanese Doll Collection Display Koi Whisperer Demonstrations Falconry Display - with live falcons Bujinkan performances - Traditional Japanese martial arts Fukuwari Activity - Traditional Japanese holiday game
Old Settlers Days
Old Settlers Days is the largest music festival in the state-line area, and a fundraiser for the Rockton Lions Club charities. The event features live country music performances on the Main Stage and live local music on the Festival Stage, There is a carnival, festival vendors, food booths, a 5K Run/Walk, and fireworks after the last performance on Sunday. Location: Settler's Park at E. Hawich St. and Blackhawk Blvd.
Garden Fair - Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Get your shopping shoes on! The first weekend in June will be a busy one at Klehm. The 23rd annual Garden Fair Weekend will present flowers, antiques and art. We are showcasing local creative juices and flower power along the beautiful garden paths. This "all new" event is sure to please the most discriminating buyer. Relax in our Fountain Garden, have a bite to eat, tap your foot to the music, and get out and shop for plants and a wide variety of vendor offerings. This is fundraiser for Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden. Music Schedule Saturday: Rockford East Orchestra, Rockford East Choir, Popular Girl, Denny Diamond Sunday: Blake Wheaton, Brent Levinson
Franklin Creek Cabin
This spacious 3 bed 2 bath getaway sits adjacent to Franklin Creek State Natural area. Literally out your backdoor is access to hiking, trail running, birding, fishing and equestrian activities. The Franklin Creek Grist Mill is nearby & Nachusa Grasslands is 2 miles away.
Tuttys Crossing Trailhead
Tutty’s Crossing Trailhead provides easy access to the Jane Addams Trail and to the Pecatonica Prairie Trail (under development). It is located on the banks of the Pecatonica River. A bridge, part of the Pecatonica Prairie Trail, crosses the river and provides scenic views. The Trailhead provides parking, a boat ramp, and walking area. Future planned developments include a shelter/restroom, fishing/observation pier, picnic tables, and floating dock. Open: Dawn to Dusk
Union Dairy Family Day
After the Dairy Days Parade, enjoy this free family day with a bounce house, pony rides, a petting zoo and face painting. All at the Union Dairy in Freeport from 1pm to 5pm.
Our menu is packed with flavor of Mexican & American food. Daily specials incorporate seasonal, local vegetables. Our recipes are authentic and made Taco Stan's way. The ingredients are always fresh. From delicious appetizers to our famous Taco Stan-which to Fried Ice Cream, your meal will be one of a kind.
First Floor FHN Memorial Hospital. Open 365 days a year, this is a sophisticated and trendy shopping experience for every age and every member of the family. A must-shop stop in Freeport! Sunday and Saturday: 11 am to 6 pm; Monday thru Friday: 9 am to 7:30 pm
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!
The Edward F. Vassallo Land and Water Reserve
The Edward F.Vassallo Land and Water Reserve is a privately owned reserve located adjacent to White Pines State Forest. It was designated in 2014 as a state Land & Water Reserve by the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission and includes 130 acres of native wildflowers, plants, grasses, creek bottom, habitat for native wildlife, birds and insects and forest areas. Spring Creek, a tributary of Pine Creek, flows through the reserve. Today and forever, this land will remain in its natural condition as part of the Illinois Nature Preserve System and is a gift to present and future generations as a place where native plants and animals can thrive under wise stewardship and protection from harm. No motorized vehicles allowed. Nature lovers are welcome and walking paths can be accessed by calling contact number.
Grand Victoria Hotel
Located on the east edge of the city, this is a 90 room facility offering both smoking and non-smoking rooms, free wireless high speed internet access, cable TV, in room refrigerators, microwaves, irons and ironing boards, and hair dryers, pets allowed, and breakfast included. Rates: $59.99 to $169.99.
Christy’s Treasures & Gifts
Gift shop offering soy candles, goat milk lotion, room sprays and home décor. Open: Thursday and Friday: 9 am to 5 pm; Saturday: 9 am to 3 pm; or by appointment
Saturday In The Park
Join us on June 4, for "Saturday in the Park" at Dakota Park, Main Street, Dakota. 7 am to Dusk. Enjoy a special day at the park with a car show, parade, pancake breakfast, dinner, and fireworks at dusk. Spectators get in free and vehicle entry for the car show is just $10.00. Plus enjoy the Route 75 garage sales along the Highway from 8 am to 5 pm.
A full service salon offering colors, cuts, makeup, pedicures, shellac and more. Open: Monday thru Friday: 9 am to 7 pm; Saturday: 9 am to 4 pm
This little shop offers a lot. Jewelry, handbags, belts, boots, handbags, headbands and various hair accessories. They can help you with all your prom and homecoming needs. They even carry youth plus sizes.
The Garden Deli
This locally owned and operated deli has been serving the area for over 40 years with soup and sandwiches with creative names like; Whats You're Beef, Attila The Ham, Turkey Lurkey and many more. Hand dipped ice cream also available year round. Rated “Best in Region”.
Eats and Sweets Coffee Cafe
Delicious candy plus gourmet coffee and sandwiches. Also gift baskets and McNess products available.
Malta Days Festival! Come share the family fun in downtown Malta. You'll find something for everyone, including a carnival, food booths, crafters, business booths, sound stage, pancake breakfast, a car show, 5K walk/run, auction and a beer garden. Free stage entertainment all weekend!
14th Annual Lincoln Douglas 5K and Fun Run
A series of short distances for children begins at 8 am: ages 8 and under – 100 yards; 9 to 10 – 200 yards; 11 to 12 – 400 yards. All finishers receive ribbons. The boy and girl winners of each age group will run a 100-yard dash following the 5K to determine “The Fasted Kid in Town!”. A One Mile Fun Run begins at 8:15 am. The course consists of one loop around the historic paved road inside Taylor Park. This is an untimed run and all finishers receive ribbons. The 5K begins at 8:35 am. The course consists of three loops around the paved road inside Taylor Park, a 5K (3.1 miles), wheel-measured certified course that is flat and fast designed to help runners achieve a personal best.
DeKalb County Farm Stroll
The Illinois Extension office for Boon, DeKalb and Ogle Counties is hosting a DeKalb County Farm Stroll on Sunday, July 24th from 12 - 5 pm. Wondering where to find local food & farm products in DeKalb County? Satisfy your local food cravings and curiosities on the DeKalb County Farm Stroll! A free self-guided tour of more than a dozen diversified family farms. Each location will have different events going on, but the stroll will allow participants to meet local farmers, get farm tours and demonstrations, sampling of fresh local products, and more. There is no starting location for the stroll, guests are welcome to visit as many or as few as they would like and in whatever order they would like. The address on this listing is one of the farms participating, please visit the stroll's Facebook page for a complete list of farms and for more information on the event.
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.
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.
Hilldale Dairy is home of the “pretzel dawg”, plus deli sandwiches like Jive Turkey, Boss Hog, Spicy Steer, or Grass Grazer just to name a few. They have homemade soup, pretzels and pretzel crust cheesecakes and so much more. Carry outs and delivery service available. Lunch and Dinner: Under $5 Credit Cards Accepted.
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.
The Freeport Club
The Freeport Club enjoys a reputation as one of the finest golf courses in Northern Illinois. The challenging design of the well-manicured course winds through a park-like setting of rolling fairways lined with mature trees. The natural rolling terrain, elevation changes, and small-fast greens create a unique playing experience that will test golfers of all skill levels. Condition and playability is the top priority. In addition to maintaining the beauty of the course, the staff works to create some of the best putting surfaces in the area. A fully equipped “Golf Shop” is available to meet your equipment, clothing, and instructional needs. The Freeport Club’s PGA Professional plans and coordinates a full-season of men’s, ladies, singles, couples, social golf, and competitive tournaments plus a junior golf program that targets youth up to the age of 16. Enjoy the full service bar and restaurant in the Foursome Pub. Banquet facilities are available for rent. 2016 Daily Fees: 9 holes – $25.00; 9 holes with cart – $35; 18 holes – $35.00; 18 holes with cart – $50.
The village of Ashton will host 3 days of live music, entertainment, activities for young and old along with food and fun! Several outstanding local and regionally known bands will be performing live such as American Idol Contestant Tristan Bushman, Burn N' Bush, Ethan Bell Band, Trippin Molly and Snap Shot! For the kids the Great American Carnival will be on the HS grounds Friday, Saturday and Sunday!
Bloomin' on the Rock 2016
From 10am to 4pm, wander through the Garden Faire on the north bank of the Rock River at Lincoln Statue Drive and listen to speakers on various garden and nature topics at the garden faire. Tour the Old Settler's log cabin preserved by the Lee County Historical Society. Shop art and artisan crafts for home; garden and personal items and tap your toes to bluegrass and folk music on a summer afternoon. Starting at 6 p.m. you can enjoy fine dining under a tent on the beautiful riverfront during our Tuscan Garden Party themed dinner event. Our caterers, Life's a Feast, will provide a luscious multi-course Italian dinner. An auction of wreaths and planted containers created by our garden club members will be held after the dinner. The Garden Faire is free but tickets are required for the dinner and space is limited so go to the website to order tickets.
June Jam at John Deere Historic Site
When you step foot on these grounds, it will feel like taking a step back in time. Take in the picturesque landscape and learn of the John Deere Historic site as you enjoy the year's June Jam. This event is an open stage format where musicians have 15 minutes to perform Bluegrass, Country, Folk, and Light Rock Music. Hours noon - 5pm and admission is $5.00 or a canned good that will be donated to a local food bank.
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.
German Valley Days
This annual hometown festival offers a car show, parade, entertainment, pancake breakfast, pork chop barbecue, kiddie tractor pull, contests, fireworks and more.
Drum Corps International Tour
The Lee County Council on Aging and the Arc of Lee County present the Drum Corps International Tour as they return for the Petunia City Brass. An exciting lineup of Open and International Class corps is scheduled to perform at Dixon High School’s AC Bowers Field. Check website for ticket information.
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.
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.
Mort’s Bar & Grill
Family owned neighborhood bar and grill in the heart of historic downtown Freeport. Daily lunch specials, homemade soup and chili, hot burgers, cold beers and Mrs. Mike’s Potato Chips. Full bar, carryouts, entertainment. Open: Sunday: 11 am to 7 pm; Tuesday and Wednesday: 8 am to 10 pm; Thursday: 8 am to 11 pm; Friday and Saturday: 8 am to 2 am Lunch and Dinner: under $10.00 Credit Cards Accepted.
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.
Freeport Bicycle Company
They offer a full line of Trek bicycles, from road to mountain to commuter bikes. They also service all makes and models of bicycles. Open: Tuesday thru Friday: 10 am to 6 pm; Saturday: 10 am to 4 pm
Athletic Memories specializes in the best in customizable sports memorabilia, gifts and promotional products for all types, team and individual athletes, fantasy sports fanatics or organized groups that want to standout. Our products include the best in Mini Helmets and Mini Sports Balls on the market today. Their goal is to provide you the best in quality, delivery, competitive pricing, and excellent service. Athletic Memories is about Customizing – it’s about Personalizing. Let them help you preserve your moment in time. Located in “Little Wrigleyville” across from Little Cubs Field.
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.
Dairy Days Parade
Enjoy this parade celebrating agriculture in Stephenson County which will wind through the streets of downtown Freeport. Sponsored by the Stephenson County Farm Bureau (815)232-3186. Parade starts at 1:30. After the Dairy Days Parade, enjoy this free family day with a bounce house, pony rides, a petting zoo and face painting at Union Dairy located in downtown Freeport. (815-232-7099).
Byron Dragway Meltdown Drags
The annual Byron Dragway Meltdown Drags is a 3 day event that recreates a 1960’s era drag meet. It features cars from 1966 and older because that was a time when gassers were king! Go to the website for full racing schedule and make sure to follow them on Facebook.
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.