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Rockford Trip Guide

Just 90 minutes northwest of Chicago, Rockford (population: 153,000) is reinventing itself as a weekend-worthy destination.
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    The historical Midway Village Museum.
    The historical Midway Village Museum. Photo courtesy of Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
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    Rockford, Illinois’ downtown glimmers across the Rock River.
    Rockford, Illinois’ downtown. Photo courtesy Rockford Area CVB

What to do

Burpee Museum of Natural History See Jane, a T. rex museum staffers unearthed in Montana, and tour exhibits exploring Early American cultures. See reviews and ratings. (815) 965-3433;

Coronado Performing Arts Center Built in 1927 as a movie theater and vaudeville palace, the Coronado now hosts a resident symphony, a dance company and more. See reviews and ratings. (815) 968-0595;

Rockford Art Museum Since 1948, the museum has held the Greenwich Village Art Fair (September 14–15, 2013), which showcases more than 100 juried artists’ works. Admission is free on Tuesdays. See reviews and ratings. (815) 968-2787;

Where to eat

Abreo Restaurant Dine small-plates-style in an upscale urban setting. More than 90 wines can complement your meal. (815) 968-9463;

Octane InterLounge Funky Octane offers robust sandwiches, vegetarian fare, cocktails and coffee drinks. See reviews and ratings. (815) 965-4012;

Stockholm Inn Don’t miss the authentic Swedish pancakes; the busy restaurant claims to serve 2,500 breakfasts on weekends. See reviews and ratings. (815) 397-3534;

Where to stay

Lexington Hotel at Cliffbreakers Riverside Resort Game heads on the lobby walls make Cliffbreakers feel like a hunting lodge. Book a room with a river view. From $99. (815) 282-3033;

For information: Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (800) 521-0849;


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