Welcome to Rockford, Illinois
At the top of Illinois, the City of Rockford is home to 150,000 people who enjoy
the small-town benefits of living in a big way. Once known as Midway Village, Rockford
sits between Chicago and the Mississippi, within a couple hours of big-city bustle,
yet eons from the hassle. World-class attractions and our scenic riverfront invite
visitors to discover Rockford. Our friendly, affordable lifestyle entices them to
stay a lifetime.
- Need breathing space? Our stellar park system sets the scene for indoor
and outdoor fun for all ages.
- Crave culture? Check out the art, natural history and heritage museums or
take in a show at the magnificent Coronado Theater.
- Want to swing? We’ve got golf courses and music venues you’d have to go
a long way to beat.
- Kids acting up? Cool ‘em off at a waterpark or wear ‘em out at our top-rated
- Ready to bag it? Take home a souvenir from a local boutique, antique shop
or the regional mall.
- Time to refuel? Try one of our hometown cafes, restaurants, watering holes
or a favorite franchise.
We’re just getting started, so you might have to extend your stay. Maybe for
Lodging, Travel and Tourism
Land at hassle-free Chicago Rockford International Airport and start your Rockford
adventure. Dozens of daily shuttles connect us to nearby Chicago. Neighboring Madison
and Milwaukee are just down the highway, too. Where to stay? Choose from more than
3,000 rooms—from major chains to bed-and-breakfast, luxury and economy budgets.
Rock Cut State Park is campers’ paradise. What to do? Rockford is named both the
Forest City and the City of Gardens: don’t miss our forest preserves and public
gardens. Riverboat and trolley tours introduce you to Rockford, and Midway Village
museum tells its story.
Restaurants, Food and Beverages
Work up an appetite? Choices run the gamut: local, franchise, upscale, down-home.
Get a taste of Rockford’s heritage at authentic Italian, Swedish, Irish, German
or Asian eateries. Drink in the atmosphere at a homegrown brewpub, corner bar, café
or coffee house, with live entertainment on the side. Feed the need, then savor
a an exquisite handmade chocolate for dessert.
Shopping and Specialty Retail
Need a souvenir? Retail therapy abounds, from a major mall to exclusive boutiques.
Discover an antique treasure or take home a signature sock monkey. From city and
farmers’ markets to big-box discounters, chain stores to fair-trade specialty shops,
art galleries to the oldest Harley-Davidson franchise, Rockford offers endless ways
to spend your day and your dollars.
Arts, Culture and Entertainment
The arts are alive in Rockford! We’re acting up outdoors, in the stunning, historic
Coronado Performing Arts Center and the mega BMO Harris Bank Center, along with
venues all over town. We’ve got community theatre, big-name shows, dance and symphony
performances and chamber music. Fairs and festivals, gallery walks, garden tours,
folk music and open mic nights. Travel our downtown cultural corridor south from
the Riverfront Museum Park, adjoining the picturesque Rockford Riverwalk.
Sports and Recreation
Hike or bike along the riverfront or recreation paths. Navigate and wet your hook
at the Rock River or Olson Lake. Take a summertime swing in the park or on the greens.
Find out first-hand why Rockford has been named “Best Mid-Size City for Golf.” Skate
indoors or out. Chill out at an Ice Hogs AHL hockey game. Pull out all the stops
at an OHV park. Make a splash at indoor and outdoor water parks. You’ll run out
of energy and time before you run out of options.