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Visit Rockford

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 children’s museum.
  • 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 a lifetime.

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.

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