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Rock Run Country Historical Society Museum
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.
Join in an old-fashioned cruise through downtown, sponsored by J.H. Barkau & Sons. There will be music, food, car contests, and lots more. Cruise Parking Lots open for parking at 3 pm for those with pre-reserved spots and at 4 pm for non-reserved spots. Reserved Parking: $12; Non-Reserved Parking: $10; Cruise Only: Free.
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
Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog - Discovery Center Museum
Something big and red is coming to Discovery Center - Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog traveling exhibition. Board the Birdwell Island ferry and journey to the world of Clifford, America's beloved big red dog with a heart to match. See Emily Elizabeth and many of the residents of Birdwell Island where playing, working together, and respecting others is all part of being a member of the community. The exhibit is sure to delight young and old alike. Slide down Clifford's tail, work together to fill Clifford's big dog bowl with bones, hunt for sea shells at T-Bone's beach or "work" in the fish and chip shop on Birdwell Island and more. No matter what activity they choose, children will learn valuable life lessons through play. This exhibit is based on Scholastic's top-rated TV Show Clifford the Big Red Dog on PBS Kids® and from the award-winning author Norman Bridwell. Today, the best-selling book series consists of more than 160 Clifford titles and 100 million books in print! The exhibition will be at Discovery Center through May 15 and all signage is in both English and Spanish.
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.
Rochelle Cinco de Mayo Celebration
The City of Rochelle is sponsoring a Cinco de Mayo event at the Downtown Rochelle Gazebo from 4-10 pm on Saturday May 2nd. The event is open to the public and will include authentic food; arts and crafts; music and dance demonstrations; and a Chihuahua parade and race throughout the evening.
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
Nicholas Conservatory - Simply Spring: Butterfly Exhibit
Celebrate the arrival of spring at Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens as you experience the magical world of native and tropical butterflies! Enjoy being surrounded by live butterflies in the tropical conservatory, and see the whole butterfly lifecycle in action as you view butterflies emerging from thier chrysalis in the emergence area. Included with Nicholas Conservatory admission.
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
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
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.
Birdfest 2016 - Sand Bluff Bird Observatory
Birdfest is a festival celebrating wild birds during the time when they migrate through our area. Sand Bluff Bird Observatory will be capturing wild birds, putting a band on their leg and releasing them. There are many kids' events and exhibits, and you will have a chance to see the birds up close!
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
Cruisin for a Cause: 3rd Annual Lions Club Car Show
Cruisin’ for a Cause: 3rd Annual Lions Club Car Show will be held at Union Dairy on May 14th in downtown Freeport from 3 to 7 pm. Union Dairy and the Freeport Lions Club host this car show with proceeds going to the Lions Club. Entertainment by 3-D Sound. $10 donation per car.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Young at Heart Festival - Loves Park City Hall Grounds
Bring the whole family to the 42nd Young at Heart Festival. Events during the weekend include live music, carnival rides, kids' activities and food concessions.
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
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
Winnebago County Fairgrounds - Pec Thing Antique & Flea Market
The Semi-Annual "Pec Thing" Antique & Flea Market Spring 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.
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.
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.
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.
Oscar’s Garden Fair
Come visit the beautiful grounds of the Taylor Mansion Museum and enjoy this first time Garden Fair. Named in honor of the man who built the mansion in 1858, Oscar Taylor, the fair celebrates his family’s love of gardening and flowers. The outdoor event will feature numerous vendors selling plants, unique garden art and accessories, lawn ornaments, and more. It will include workshops, talks, and other garden related activities. Kick off the spring gardening season with this fun and informative event. Adults: $5; Children 17 and Under: Free with adult.
WWE Smackdown - BMO Harris Bank Center
WWE Smackdown TV will broadcast to the world from Rockford for the first time in three years as the WWE Smackdown comes to the BMO Harris Bank Center. Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose & The New Day vs. The League of Nations & Kevin Owens will be on hand for the Mega 10 Man Tag Team Main Event.
Coronado Performing Arts Center - The Beach Boys
As The Beach Boys mark more than a half century of making music, the group continues to ride the crest of a wave unequalled in America's musical history. Since lead-singer Mike Love penned the lyrics to The Beach Boys' first hit, "Surfin'" (1961), dozens of the bands chart toppers have become eternal anthems of American youth: "Surfin' USA," "Surfer Girl, "Fun, Fun, Fun, "I Get Around, "California Girls, "Help Me Rhonda, "Barbara Ann, "Good Vibrations, "Wouldn't It Be Nice, "Rock and Roll Music" and "Kokomo."
Coronado Performing Arts Center - Rodney Carrington
Rodney Carrington is a multitalented comedian, actor, and writer who has recorded eight major record label comedy albums selling over 3 million copies. Rodney starred in his own TV sitcom Rodney, which ran for two seasons on ABC. According to Pollstar, Rodney has been one of the top ten highest grossing touring comedians for the last ten years and among the top 4 or 5 the last several years. He regularly peforms to sold out crowds across the US and Canada.
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.
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.
Making Their Mark: Illinois Women Artists, 1940-1960
This exhibition, curated by Channey Lyons with assistance from the Peoria Riverfront Museum, explores a period in Illinois art history through artworks that are often overlooked. These works, created by women artists during the 1940s and 1950s are highly personal, subjective, and occasionally visionary or politically charged in ways that both resonate with the familiar currents of Chicago modernism and offer new dimensions to that story. Making Their Mark features sixty paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by forty artists.
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.
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.
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.
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.
9th Annual Pee-Wee Classic Tournament
Up to 16 teams of 8 year old and younger boys from throughout the Midwest play in this annual tournament and the coaches pitch.
Rasmus Memorial Fun Fly
Freeport RC Modelers sponsor this spring fun fly. Pilots from around the area will fly a variety of aircraft including gas, glow and electric-powered. It’s a picnic atmosphere, free and open to the public. A grill is available. Rain date is May 15