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Frank Lloyd Wright's Laurent House
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Laurent House in Rockford, Illinois is the only building ever designed by the famed architect for a person with a disability. Kenneth and Phyllis Laurent commissioned and lived in the home from 1952 until early 2012, when it was acquired by a private foundation and added to the National Register of Historic Places. This single-story Usonian home is both functional and beautiful, decades ahead of ADA accessibility requirements. The home features a solar hemicycle footprint, patio, fishpond, carport, and outdoor connectivity to the natural landscape. The modest home is built of Chicago Common Brick and Red Tidewater Cypress and much of the labor and materials were sourced locally from Rockford. - Reservations are required for all tours of the Laurent House. - Tours will be hosted the first full weekend (Saturday and Sunday in the same month) and the third weekend of each month. - All tours begin on a shuttle bus at Midway Village, 6799 Guilford Rd., Rockford, IL, after checking-in at the Guest Relations table, in the Midway Village Museum lobby. - Please arrive at Midway Village 15 minutes prior to your tour. - The bus leaves on the hour, at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. each day that tours operate. - There are no restrooms or parking available at the Laurent House. During the winter and early spring months, small private and large group tours are encouraged to tour the Laurent House. For private tours of fewer than 10 guests there is an additional charge. Regardless of size, all special tours are arranged by calling 815-877-2952, or by emailing email@example.com. We welcome the opportunity to assist guests with disabilities at the Laurent House. For assistance and information on accessibility call 815-877-2952, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Howard Johnson Hotel - Rockford
Experience a winning combination of friendly service, newly renovated accommodations, and spacious, comfortable guest rooms with luxury touches. The hotel includes a heated indoor pool, fitness center and 24-hour game room. Home office rooms are available for business clientele. There is a restaurant and lounge on site.
Prairie Street Brewhouse
The Prairie Brewhouse is the best location in Rockford for hosting your event. With over 7500 square feet of flexible space available, we can host your event of up to 500 people. Perfect for hosting banquets, wedding receptions, parties, weddings, meetings, fundraisers, art shows, craft shows and more. Indoor and outdoor space available, including a deck area right on the river. Available for anything from a luncheon to a week-long conference. Overhead doors allow for easy unloading and setup. During the summer, Dinner on the Dock and listen to live music on Thursdays.
Veterans Memorial Hall
Dedicated in 1903 in ceremonies that included a speech by Teddy Roosevelt, Memorial Hall is a tribute to Rockford citizens who have served in the Armed Forces. Large wall plaques list names of fallen veterans, and cases in the main lobby, side rooms and the lower level display Armed Services artifacts including memories of the Civil War, the World Wars and Camp Grant. The renovated second floor auditorium is used by cultural groups for shows and presentations and is accessible via the elevator.
Rockford City Market
The Rockford City Market features local growers and vendors who sell natural products and unique retail items, live music, demonstrations and kid's activities. Enjoy the fun Fridays from 3:30-8:30 p.m. May 22-October 02 (3:30-7:30 p.m. after Labor Day). Located on Water Street in Downtown Rockford.
Rockford Brewing Company
Rockford Brewing Company offers world-class beer handcrafted locally in a range of styles. Every glass poured is consistently delicious. The food menu reflects the change of the seasons and the availability of the freshest ingredients. Check the website for the live music performance schedule.
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!
Burpee Museum Traveling Exhibit - Savage Ancient Seas: Dinosaurs of the Deep!
Take the plunge into the deep, dark, Savage Ancient Seas! It is the world of the late Cretaceous period-over 70 million years ago! Filled with huge carnivorous marine reptiles with double-hinged jaws and teeth in the middle of their palates, gigantic flesh-eating fish big enough to swallow an adult human being whole, flying reptiles with 3-foot skulls, and the biggest sea turtles to have ever lived! Exhibit opens to the public January 17, 2015, and is here until September 7, 2015.
Broadway at the Coronado - Beauty and the Beast
Disney's Beauty and the Beast, the smash hit Broadway musical, is coming to Rockford! Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including "Be Our Guest" and the beloved title song.
Rockford Airfest 2015
Rockford AirFest 2015 at Chicago Rockford International Airport will include a performance by the United States Navy Blue Angels. Preformers will be added as they are confirmed.
Midtown Ethnic Parade & Festival
Rockford Midtown District's second 2nd Annual Day of Celebration of all the diverse cultures in Rockford includes a parade of colors and customs and a festival with international foods, performances, information, genealogy, a children's area, a beer garden, and much more.
Alpine Hills Adventure Park & Golf Center
The 52-acre adventure park and golf center will feature year-round activities for all ages. Zip Rockford - Now open - If you are looking for a daring zipline escape for you, your friends or family, Zip Rockford provides an experience you will not forget. Fun for all ages within the weight range of 50-275 lbs. Brought to you by Rockford-based EBL Zipline Tours in partnership with the Rockford Park District. Gateway Parks snow park is divided into tubing, skiing and snowboarding sections designed to accommodate riders of all abilities – from beginners to expert. Even the smallest visitors will be transported safely up the hillside on the Magic Carpet lift. Plus, snow making equipment will cover the park in fresh powder daily. The First Tee of Greater Rockford provides educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.
ARTSY Arts & Crafts Exhibit
ARTSY is a free admission, one-day arts and crafts exhibit at Edgebrook Shops supporting local artisans and crafters in our community. The ARTSY Arts & Crafts Event features over 50 talented vendors, live art demonstrations, live music, children’s crafts, and more. Plus, for the third consecutive year, we welcome members of the Rockford Etsy Group as featured vendors. In addition to the event, all Edgebrook merchants and eateries will have normal business hours for your shopping and dining pleasure.
A Change Through Time: A Photographic Exhibit of Tinker Swiss Cottage
This exhibit focuses on the changes to the Cottage and the landscape from the first recorded photographs ever taken of Robert Tinker’s property to the last photographs taken by the Tinker family. The tour focuses on the five main areas of the Tinker Estate: the main drive, the formal gardens, the working farm, and the bridge view. Captured in the timeless photographs is a remarkable visual history of the 150 years of change to the Tinker Estate.
Garden Fair - Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Don't miss Rockford's premier outdoor living marketplace, the first stop for nature enthusiasts, conscientious consumers, and gardeners of all stripes. More than 50 vendors will showcase everything from flowers, yard art and gardening tools to vintage furniture, reclaimed wood products and handmade organic soaps. There's a little something for everyone - stay tuned for more information!
Art on the Lawn - Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Art on the Lawn, a Rockford tradition since 2000, is moving to a new home at Klehm Arboretum in 2015. The juried fine art show will feature a wide variety of fine art in many media available to purchase: photograph, ceramics, fiber/paper, glass, mixed media, painting, sculpture, wearable art and more. Admission includes both entrance to the garden for the day and that evening's Woodsong, Klehm's outdoor concert series, starting at 6:00pm.
Polish Fest 2015
The annual Polish Fest at the St. Stanislaus Parish grounds, has fun for everyone--Polish ethnic foods, kids games, bingo, beer and lots more!
Frank Lloyd Wright's Laurent House - 2015 Public Tours
Public tours of the Laurent House, Frank Lloyd Wright's "Little Gem," are held on the first full and third weekends of the month. There are five tours each day at 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm and 3:00pm. All tours begin at Midway Village Museum. Reservations are required and may be made online at www.laurenthouse.com. Frank Lloyd Wright's Laurent House in Rockford, Illinois is the only building ever designed by the famed architect for a person with a disability. Kenneth and Phyllis Laurent commissioned and lived in the home from 1952 until early 2012, when it was acquired by a private foundation and added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Stephen Mack Home & Whitman Trading Post
Built in 1834 by fur trader Stephen Mack, one of the area's first settlers. Located at Macktown Forest Preserve, site of archeological dig, and golf course.
Main Street Antique Mall
Warm and friendly antique mall with 20 dealers in a "shoppe" environment offering quality antiques and collectibles in quaint, historic downtown Rockton. Area's largest selection of vintage jewelry.
Glassware, pottery, kitchenware, books, tools, clocks, toys, art, lamps, coins, stamps, furniture, and collectibles.
The Gem Shop
Estate, pre-owned and new jewelry and watches. Custom jewelry, including the reproduction of antique jewelry. Repair service for antique jewelry.
Macktown Golf Course
This beautiful 18-hole, par 71 course was built in the 1930s with limited sand traps and one pond. It's located in Rockton, near the site of the earliest white settlement in Northern Illinois.
Nygren Wetland Preserve
Nygren Wetland Preserve is a 721-acre tract near the confluence of the Rock River and Pecatonica River, making it an important stopover and nesting spot for many species of birds including Sandhill Cranes. The Natural Land Institute, a private, not-for-profit land conservation organization, owns the preserve and began restoration of prairies, wetlands and woodlands to the area in 2000.
Fatt Cat Cafe
Fatt Cat Cafe is a great place to enjoy lunch with friends, serving homemade soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts. It is a beautiful place for special occasions.
Copperstone Inn is one of the most luxurious bed and breakfasts you will ever visit. The original limestone home was built in 1858 in traditional Greek revival style. This grand majestic limestone home exudes an ambiance of total elegance, comfort, and chic sophistication. Owners Richard Spanton Jr and Chrissie Spanton. The Inn is available for rehearsal dinners, corporate retreats, weddings, bridal showers and upscale luncheons or cocktail parties.
Macktown Living History Education Center
Built in 1834 on the Pecatonica River by fur trader Stephen Mack, one of the area's first settlers. See the walnut cradle Mack made for his children, plus Native American artifacts, donated by Mack's descendants. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Macktown is where Stephen Mack, his Native American wife, Hononegah, and the people who inhabited the village conducted their daily business. Remnants of 8,000 years of Native American occupation of this same site can be seen. Stephen Mack’s Home and the Whitman Trading Post still stand, and a reconstruction of the village is being undertaken, including the disassembly of the 2-story shop and schoolroom to be rebuilt at its original site. There are many historic and prehistoric artifacts in the Education Center.
The Pavilion at Orchard Ridge Farms and Copperstone Inn
The Pavilion at Orchard Ridge Farms and Copperstone Inn are a unique venue for an unforgettable wedding ceremony, reception and rehearsal dinner. An Orchard Ridge Farms/Copperstone Inn wedding offers the combination of rustic charm and sophisticated elegance that will create extraordinary memories that will last a lifetime. Our one hundred and thirty acres creates a majestic stage for your special event, a refreshing change from the average banquet facility.
Rivers Edge Campground
Rivers Edge Campground has modern facilities in a rustic, historical area. Amenities include a Pecatonica River boat ramp, fishing on Pecatonica, Sugar and Rock Rivers, a private pond, pavilion, basketball and golf courses nearby.
Old Settlers Days
Old Settlers Days is a quality fun filled family festival that raises money for the Rockton Lion's Club to promote sight and sound charities. Come to Settlers Park for great bands, food and a carnival. New things are being added every year. Visit the website for a schedule of events. Settlers Park is on E. Harwich St. behind First National Bank at 300 E. Main St.
Historic Auto Attractions
More than 70 historic autos including presidential limousines, Al Capone's car and movie cars such as the Batmobile, PLUS hundreds of "pieces of history" and constantly changing exhibits make this museum a step above the standard auto museum.
The Ledges Golf Course
Built in 1966 with water on 10 holes, this 18-hole course is par 72.
Beef-A-Roo - The Depot - Roscoe
Not a chain, but a Rockford Original cooking it just for you. Sandwiches are made to order and the sides, including baked potatoes, are delicious. Each area location has its own, distinct personality.
Casual dining in a renovated fire station. Burgers, sandwiches, soups, salads, carry outs and full bar. Banquet room available. Stop in to watch your favorite sporting event! Friday is All-U-Can Eat fish fry. Beer garden May-September.
Hickory Hill Lodging, Inc.
Hickory Hill Lodging is located down a wooded lane off of Payne Road, the gateway to Carroll County in Northwestern Illinois. Just minutes from the Lake Carroll Golf Course and the fine dining and relaxation in Lake Carroll.
J & K Antiques
Unique and unusual antique furniture, clocks and lamps. Refinishing and stripping of antique furniture also available.
Imagine indulging yourself in the privacy of your own cabin with a full body massage & lingering leisurely over breakfast in bed provided by our own caterer. Extra Special touches available upon request. Arrangements can be made for extra-loving touches added to the cabin from rose petals, flowers & music, or send a special invitation asking them to join you for a relaxing getaway. One-tank trip from Western Suburbs of Chicago Relax in the rustic setting of our cozy cabins located on 10 wooded acres just minutes from Lake Carroll. Enjoy our friendly atmosphere beside a bonfire or hot tub! A romantic whirl-pool cabin with fireplace or country kitchenette can accommodate everything from intimate parties to family reunions. Open year-round.
Sand Bluff Bird Observatory
A fascinating opportunity to see a wide variety of migrating birds banded and released. Special events in spring and fall, including the annual BirdFest in early May. Located in the Colored Sands Forest Preserve in the northwestern corner of Winnebago County. Colored Sands, site of original and restored prairies, is one of the most beautiful natural areas in northern Illinois.
Blackhawk Farms Raceway
Blackhawk Farms Raceway challenges both amateur, as well as, professional drivers. They have everything from autocross and driver’s schools, to wheel-to wheel racing. They have a variety of participating car, motorcycle, bicycle & kart organizations such as SCCA, Midwestern Council, River Valley Kart Club, Championship Cup Series, Porsche Club of America Chicago Region, Burnham Racing and Xtreme Xperience to name but a few. Spectators are always welcome.
Best Western Legacy Inn of South Beloit
Welcome to the Best Western Legacy Inn & Suites of South Beloit. After a good night's sleep on our pillow top mattresses, start off your day with our deluxe continental breakfast, which includes fresh waffles, fruit, cereal, breads and more. For our business travelers we also have free local phone calls, free faxes, and copy services, as well as a full service meeting room. During the rest of your stay relax by the indoor pool and whirlpool or kick back in one of out 67 spacious guest rooms that include free cable including HBO, in-room coffee, hairdryer, microwave, and refrigerator.
Pearl Lake Campground - South Beloit
Whether you spend a weekend, a month or all season, if you are a camper who enjoys peace and quiet, Pearl Lake is the place for you. Basic tenting sites and sites with electricity and water are available. Phone service is available at selected sites. A disposal station and a pumping service, restrooms have flush toilets and hot water showers. A large sand beach has plenty of room for sunning and a gently sloping bottom for safe and enjoyable swimming. Although swimming is at one's own risk, trained lifeguards are on duty whenever the beach is open. A bath house is located adjacent to the beach, and the Snack Bar offers a variety of food including burgers, hot dogs and ice cream.
Angela's Attic Antiques & Collectibles
Angela's Attic is located in a 35,000 square foot historic factory that has been converted into five large buildings of antiques and collectibles, including one-of-a-kind antiques from Victorian to modern era, furniture, toys, jewelry, textiles, collectibles, ephemera, glassware and more.
DC Estate Winery
Conveniently located just minutes off I-90 in a picturesque park-like setting, DC Estate offers a romantic taste of Tuscany, the place where true pleasure is found in quality wine, beautiful scenery and warm hospitality. With a beautiful outdoor pavilion and welcoming tasting room, DC Estate is the perfect spot to celebrate a remarkable special event or just spend a relaxing weekend afternoon. You and your guests will enjoy delicious wine as you also savor the views of the tranquil pond and vineyard.
The Garden Hotel and Conference Center
Located easily off of I-90 in South Beloit, Illinois, The Garden Hotel provides our guests with a clean, comfortable experience in a friendly atmosphere. The Garden Hotel offers 164 Guest Rooms, including an Executive Wing providing our corporate clients a quiet comfortable area of the hotel perfect for maximizing productivity. We can provide accommodations for any number of groups and events including room blocks for family reunions or sports teams. We offer 11,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, whether it is a small business meeting or a large event with over 700 people, we can provide accommodations as well as superior catering options. Some of the other features at the Garden Hotel & Conference Center include wireless internet connectivity throughout the hotel, business center including on site fax and copy service, guest rooms with one or two beds available, our own onsite restaurant and bar, fitness center, and indoor pool and spa.
Edwards Apple Orchard West
Edwards West is a popular destination for families to enjoy the sights, tastes, and activities of an apple orchard and farm market. For a fun family outing, enjoy the experience of picking your own apples, pumpkins and raspberries. Visit the play area featuring the wooden bus and train, the corn cribs, the wagon slide and our animals in the "Petting Farm." Stroll through the over 100 year old dairy barn with displays of bright colored apples, freshly squeezed cider, fresh apple cider donuts, and wonderful gift items that are on display.
This scenic and unique camping area offers nine sites with electrical and water hookups. One sewer hookup. Playground, pets, recreational vehicles and campfires are allowed. Maximum length is 30 feet.
Winslow Village Park Campground
This scenic and unique camping area offers nine sites with electrical and water hookups. One dump station is available. A shelter house is also offered. Pets, recreatiional vehicles and campfires are allowed. Maximum length allowed is 30 feet and maximum stay is six days. Open: May 1 thru October 1.
Winslow Historical Society Museum
Discover the history of Winslow. Featuring displays relating to discovery of cream cheese, which had its beginnings in Winslow and later made famous as Philadelphia Cream Cheese. Also see the history of Doc Carver's Wild West Show. Each open date will also feature a brat stand and a farmers market. Open: April thru October: Second Saturday of each month: 10 am 3 pm.
Artesian Well at Paradise Cove
Nestled along Indian Creek is a natural artesian well where thousands of gallons of pure water flow each day - as it has since 1927. A ten foot water wheel is turned continually by the flowing water. The site, which is accessed by Stephenson County's only covered bridge, includes a waterfall, large flower beds and gazebo to enjoy while sipping the bubbling water. Open: 7 am - 8 pm.
Bobber's River Tap
Bobber's is an open, outdoor, deck bar and picnic area, along the banks of the Pecatonica River serving food prepared by Three Headed Monster with racks of ribs, pulled pork, delicious smoked BBQ, ice cold beer and specialty drinks along with non-alcoholic beverages. A relaxing stop for travelers by road or river. Offering weekly entertainment on the Pontoon Boat Stage. Bring your own pole and boat, or just sit and relax with a cold drink and watch the river flow by. Open: May thru October: Sunday: 11 am - 10 pm; Thursday thru Saturday: 11 am - 1 am.
Bobber's River Tap Presents River Music
Join us by car, bike, or boat on the banks of the Pecatonica River for some live foot stomping river music. Bobber’s is an open-deck, outdoor bar along the banks of the Pecatonica River. It is a relaxing stop for travelers by road or river. Food and beverages available.