Ready to explore the third-largest city in the state? Northern Illinois is rich with unique architecture and places to visit, coupled with beautiful scenery. Rockford spreads across the banks of the Rock River and offers the best of both worlds for its residents. Enjoy a quick, convenient commute to big-city amenities and the hustle and bustle of Chicago while benefitting from the gorgeous Victorian architecture and sheer comfort of small-town living.
Nicknamed the Forest City, Rockford is known for a vast array of venues offering cultural and historical significance. Medical professionals take note, in addition to the welcoming energy, delicious cuisine, and opportunities to explore, Rockford, Illinois, has a current position available through Optimum Permanent Placement. As you explore your potential new home, be sure to check out one of the restaurants or attractions on the “top 10” list we’ve compiled below! Read on and start creating your trip itinerary as you explore your next relocation.
Top 5 Dining
Lino’s – For over 40 years, this family-owned restaurant has proudly served Italian food to the Rockford area. Whether dining in or carrying out, you’ll experience the traditions and flavors that have awarded Lino’s multiple state and local recognitions.
Stockholm Inn – We’ll let you in on a little secret—the Swedish pancakes and breakfast buffet will change your life! If you’re seeking sweet and savory Americanized Swedish food, this amazing restaurant is the place to go.
Franchesco’s Ristorante – Enjoy one of the region’s finest dining and banquet facilities. In 1986, the Salamone family opened the original restaurant, introducing Sicilian history and tradition to Rockford. With original sauces and dishes from century-old recipes, Franchesco’s is truly culinary perfection!
Tavern on Clark – Voted Rockford’s number one steakhouse and pub on Tripadvisor, Tavern on Clark is a one-of-a-kind experience. Sample the diverse wine, craft beer, and spirit collection in addition to the certified Angus New York, rib-eye, and prime-cut tavern steaks. With a modern take on the classic neighborhood tavern, this newly renovated space is friendly and welcoming with modern amenities (and delicious food)!
Thunder Bay Grille – This restaurant’s American cuisine is all handcrafted and authentic. With a menu of fresh seafood, certified Angus beef, pasta, and flatbreads, there’s something for every palate. The rustic décor and crackling fireplaces create an ideal space for gatherings—business or personal!
Top 5 Attractions
Anderson Japanese Gardens – In 1978, John Anderson visited the Portland Japanese Garden in Oregon. Inspired, he began creating a 12-acre oasis of waterfalls, walkways, and koi-filled ponds. Today, the Anderson Japanese Gardens have been rated one of North America’s highest-quality Japanese gardens for over a decade.
Discovery Center Museum – Discovery Center has received recognition at the local, state, and national levels as a top family attraction. Located in the Riverfront Museum Park campus, the complex also includes the Rockford Art Museum and Burpee Museum of Natural History. Be sure to reserve a full day (or two), because you’ll need plenty of time to discover all the campus has to offer.
Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens – Bringing the tropics to the Midwest, Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens is the third largest conservatory in Illinois. Featuring an 11,000-square-foot plant exhibition area and the outdoor Eclipse Lagoon, the conservatory is filled with water features, bridges, patios, and sculptures.
Sinnissippi Park – This wood-lined public park offers free evening concerts beneath the stars and a Festival of Lights, plus plenty of natural beauty. Nestled along the Rock River, the Sinnissippi Gardens are an All-American Rose Selection accredited rose garden with nearly 2,000 rose plants of 62 varieties.
Coronado Performing Arts Center – In 1927, The Coronado opened its doors as an atmospheric theatre and movie palace; the stage saw countless legends, including the Marx Brothers, Frank Sinatra, and Louis Armstrong. In 2001, the facility received an $18.5 million restoration and is well known for its careful blend of Art Deco and Spanish Baroque Revival. Today, the civic entertainment center has been named one of the 150 Great Places in Illinois by the American Institute of Architects and still hosts a plethora of renowned symphonies, concerts, and plays.
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