The Rockford region is sometimes known as the “City of Gardens”. Rockford has 7,000 acres of parkland, tree-lined streets, an exceptionally green downtown, a riverside trail and several magnificent public gardens.
The Rockford area is known as an outdoor destination, especially in the non-winter months. Numerous forest preserves surround the Kishwaukee River valley, five miles southeast of the downtown area. Rock Cut State Park is located within the county to the northeast. Both the Rockford Park District and Winnebago County Forest Preserve District own and operate numerous golf courses as well. In fact, Golf Magazine called Aldeen Golf Club one of 50 excellent national golf courses one can play for under $50. Aldeen was ranked #38 in the nation in 2004.
Rockford’s Anderson Japanese Gardens has been ranked the top Japanese garden in North America. The garden was designed by Hoichi Kurisu. The Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden is also a popular attraction. The facility contains 150 acres of rare trees and shrubs.
Rockford features a full calendar of community events so there is always something to do.
Downtown, the Burpee Museum of Natural History features a dinosaur exhibit. Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum offers rotating exhibits in a Victorian home. Rockford Art Museum exhibits regional American works.
Our city also features unique shops, and many restaurants to grab a bite to eat at. Take in some arts and culture, or relax at one of our hotels.
Rockford is located in north central Illinois, just south of Wisconsin, halfway between Galena and Chicago.
We are proud of our community and we think Rockford is a beautiful city and a great place to develop in your walk with the Lord.