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This month, we want to know...


Where do you get your local pizza? Who makes your favorite pie? Who has the best dough, the best sauce, and the best bake?


There is no shortage of places to grab a pie in the 815, so vote for your favorite today!

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Ladies Night 2022 is Coming to Rockford BMX

Ladies! Grab a bike and ride with Rockford BMX at Searl's Park while supporting a great local charity, Rock House Kids. Ladies night is perfect for beginners, experienced riders, and the BMX curious. All ages are welcome, and gear is available to borrow on-site!Check out the event details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/654696889098384

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There's a New Business All About Kid's Ear Piercings

Nervous about taking your child to get their ears pierced? Look no further than Dangle Medical Ear Piercing Studio! Registered Nurses are piercing with medical-grade jewelry in a kid-friendly environment that brings everyone peace of mind. Infants to kids at heart are all welcome!

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If You Need Some Muscle, Hire The Moving Guys

Need something moved? Call The Moving Guys! Let's face it, your friends don't want to help you move for some cold pizza and bad beer... leave it to the professionals.

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Attention Mental Health Advocates! Mark Down August 7th!

Come on out to the FIRST EVER Love Your Mental Event! This event will showcase traditional and nontraditional resources for mental health. 100% of the entry fees' will donate to National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for the Northern Illinois Region. To get all the details, check out their event here: https://rockfordbuzz.com/love-your-mental-event

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Welcome to Rooted in Rockford's North End

Rooted is new home goods and furniture store in Rockford's North End. What started as a dream to sell succulents in vintage pottery has grown to be much more! Check out this unique collection of artisans during your next shopping adventure.

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I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Local Ice Cream!

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Local Ice Cream!

The sun is out, the temperatures are up, and our ice cream cravings are at an all-time high! The 815 has some amazing local ice cream shops to satisfy your cravings. Check out this list and plan your own ice cream crawl with friends and family.


A La Scoop Paleteria Tocumbo Michoacanita

121 N State St ste a, Belvidere, IL 61008


Benny's Dariette

1402 Montague St, Rockford, IL 61102


Dairy Depot

5413 N 2nd St, Loves Park, IL 61111


Dairyhaus

113 E Main St, Rockton, IL 61072


Dari Fair

2813 Kilburn Ave, Rockford, IL 61101


Dari Ripple

105 S State St, Belvidere, IL 61008


Cattle & Cream

105 Cherry St, Cherry Valley, IL 61016


Gelato Joe's

5615 E State St, Rockford, IL 61108


La Michoacana

3840 Broadway ste e, Rockford, IL 61108


La Michoacana Homemade Ice Cream

609 Kishwaukee St, Rockford, IL 61104


La Michoacana Mexican Creamery

1714 E Riverside Blvd, Loves Park, IL 61111


La Michoacana Tropical Oasis

530 Blackhawk Blvd, South Beloit, IL 61080


Lesslys Ice Cream Shop

1710 Rural St, Rockford, IL 61107


M&M Dari Ripple

470 Blackhawk Blvd, South Beloit, IL 61080


Sam's Drive-In

705 West Blackhawk Drive, Byron, IL 61010


Sips and Sprinkles

221 W Locust St, Belvidere, IL 61008


Sugarjones

6336 E Riverside Blvd, Loves Park, IL 61111


The Mix

151 Hawick St, Rockton, IL 61072


The Scoop

101 S Benton St, Winnebago, IL 61088


Zammuto's

725 Kent St, Rockford, IL 61102




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Weekend Roundup July 1 - 3

Weekend Roundup July 1 - 3

Happy 4th of July, Rockford! There are exciting events this weekend honoring the 30th anniversary of the Rockford Peaches for the whole family! A League of Their Own Night at the City Market, a celebrity softball game at Beyer Park, and the Coronado has all kinds of fun lined-up for this Rockford classic. Head to Pig Minds and rock out to Monark, or hit the speedway for a great lineup of races and fireworks on Sunday.


FRIDAY


Rockford City Market - League of Their Own Night! -  It's the 30th anniversary of the movie "A League of Their Own", and we are delighted to help celebrate that at the Market this week! 

Meet us at the Market on Friday for all things Peaches – we’ll have vendors with peach themed, flavored, and inspired items! We’ll also have representatives with the International Women’s Baseball Center on site with a photo backdrop and Rockford Peaches items. We can't wait to see you there as we celebrate a piece of Rockford history.


Starlight Theatre presents- Hello, Dolly!- This show bursts with humor, romance, high-energy dancing, and some of the greatest songs in musical theater history. The romantic and comic exploits of Dolly Gallagher-Levi, turn-of-the-century matchmaker and "woman who arranges things," are certain to thrill and entertain audiences again and again, especially when everything changes when she decides that the next match, she needs to make is for herself!


SATURDAY


Monark at Pig Minds Brewing Company - Monark is an original rock 'n roll band from Rockford, Illinois, starring Matthew Caleb (vocals, rhythm guitar), Mike Coulahan (bass), Tim Leaf (drums), Ron Rawhoof (vocals, lead guitar), and Helmuth Redschlag (keys and related fine sounds). Join us at Pig Minds Brewing to listen to Monark rock out!


Celebrity Softball Game at Beyer Park and IWBC Meet & Greet at Beyer Park - Megan Cavanagh who played Marla 'What a Hitter' Hooch will join a local celebrity team as Manager as her team slugs it out with players on the opposing side from five local softball clubs. Mayor Tom McNamara throws out the first pitch to start a rambunctious, but friendly, game of softball before adoring fans of the movie. Play by Play Announcer Mike Peck, Sr. Director of Marketing & Content for the Rockford IceHogs, and Color Announcer Bob 'Mr. Baseball' Pressman will keep the audience laughing. The Rockford Peaches were expected to wear their makeup at all times, on and off the field. But don't worry. For this game you can come as you are. Heckle the players all you want -- but all in fun. Play ball!


The Rockford Speedway Star Spangled 76 is happening here on Saturday night! This is a must see for their Independence Speed Weekend! Sunday night they will be featuring races and fireworks. Choose your night and enjoy with the whole family.


On Saturday, July 2, the Coronado Performing Arts Center, will welcome guests for an exclusive sneak peek before the anticipated series debuts on Prime Video on Friday, August 12.Prime Video and the City of Rockford will team up to host a free advance screening of the upcoming Prime Video original series A League of Their Own. The screening is planned as the final event of a weekend celebrating the 30th anniversary of the classic film of the same name, based on the beloved Rockford Peaches women’s professional baseball team.


Find all the details for these events and more: https://rockfordbuzz.com/events

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Cheers to the Churro!

Cheers to the Churro!

This is a food review I have been personally very excited about. As a fan of all things fried, tracking down the La Calle Food Truck has been on my list of things to do for quite some time. I only have one thing to say...


Cheers to the Churro!


Ok, I have more to say... these fried treats are worth the hunt for the truck. La Calle is dishing up traditional churros made fresh to order, served how YOU like it. The first step is to decide how many you want. Second, pick your filling: chocolate, vanilla, tres leche, or strawberry. Third, add some flair with cereals, sprinkles, or more. Prefer a plain churro? They do those too!


We ordered chocolate and a tres leches. Deciding which to bite into first was tough, but I went with chocolate. The melted chocolate was a perfect pairing with the cinnamon sugar crunch of the churro, giving it all the campfire vibes. Next up, tres leches. The creamy, caramelly goodness was overflowing and is now a favorite snack of mine. Next time, I'm going to go wild and get it with sprinkles.


Cheers to your next churro!

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Celebrate Independence Day with the RSO!

Celebrate Independence Day with the RSO!

The Rockford Symphony Orchestra (RSO) in conjunction with Rock Valley College’s Starlight Theatre will present the Star Spangled Spectacular July 3 at 8 PM. The concert will be conducted by the Rockford Symphony Youth Orchestra’s Music Director Linc Smelser and will include a variety of patriotic favorites along with the always popular tribute to our community’s Veterans. Also included will be music from the movies Star Trek, Superman and Apollo 13.

 

A highlight of this year’s concert will be Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait featuring State Representative Maurice West who will be narrating this moving work filled with American folk tunes interwoven with narrated passages from some of Abraham Lincoln’s greatest speeches.

 

Food trucks will be available on-site beginning at 6 PM. Tickets are $30 and youth 12 and under $10. Lawn seats are also available for $5 each. Purchase tickets online at rockfordsymphony.com or call the RSO box office at 815-965-0049. The annual Star Spangled Spectacular in the beautiful Starlight Theatre is the perfect way to celebrate Independence Day!

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Weekend Roundup June 24 - 26

Weekend Roundup June 24 - 26

The ’80s are back! Put on your neon, get your hair as big as possible and get ready for a night of creativity and splatter at Pottery Lounge. If you’re not in the mood to paint for yourself then check out Art’s Happening Downtown with 317 Art Collective for a day of art and a music festival or an art exhibit at Nicholas Conservatory. 


FRIDAY


Pottery Lounge 80’s Neon canvas Paint Night- Grab a friend or bring a date to our 80's themed Glow Paint Night! The canvas is blank, 11" x 14" canvas. If you want to pre-sketch your canvas, make sure to arrive 15 minutes early to do so.


Be among the first to see DELICATE FORCES, the first US exhibition by Skunk Control, a group of engineers, scientists, and science educators from Australia at the Nicholas Conservatory. The exhibition features immersive artworks that bring a sense of the wonder of nature through pieces uniquely created through science. Colorful dichroic materials and subtle mechatronic movements create a kaleidoscope of colors that delight during daylight hours and illuminate in the evening when darkness descends.


Angry Birds, Pokemon, Minecraft, and more! Head to the Discovery Center Museum on Friday, June 24 for Angry Birds, Pokémon, Minecraft, and more! Use everyday materials to examine the science and engineering behind your favorite games. Catapults, pinball, Tetris blocks, pixel drawing, Pokémon scavenger hunt, and more will make for a great gaming adventure!


SATURDAY


Pig Minds Brewing Comedy Night is happening on Saturday, June 25th, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. The host Michael Palmenderi is a Rockford native. He's a regular with Fats Productions Presents and has performed all over the Midwest. Get ready for a show appealing to any demographic setting aside cultural differences and finding common ground through laughter.


The goal of Art’s Happening Downtown festival is to bring the community together through art and music and to showcase and celebrate talent from our area and abroad. The Location of the festival is the entire 300 block of Market Street, between Madison and 1st, in downtown Rockford. The event will happen rain or shine.


A tributary of the Rock River, Turtle Creek winds its way for over 30 miles from Turtle Lake near Delavan, Wisconsin to the Rock River in South Beloit, Illinois. Don't let the word "Creek" fool you! This scenic waterway offers great opportunities for paddling, tubing, fishing, and wildlife.


Learn more at https://rockfordbuzz.com/events

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Barnstormer Distillery

Barnstormer Distillery

Barnstormer’s July 4th Week Line-up

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Barnstormer’s July 4th Week Line-up

3:00 PM @ Barnstormer Distillery

Free

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4th of July Weekend!!!!

HIGHLIGHTS:


FRIDAY - Hours 3:00pm - 8:00pm


SATURDAY - FOOD TRUCK

Batchz BBQ| mouth watering BBQ

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SUNDAY - FOUNDER’S DAY....

It has been a year since we opened to the public under the “Big Top” tent & we are so grateful for all of you!!!!! To show our appreciation we will be serving hotdogs & brats at the grill from 11:00 - 6:00.

(free with the purchase of any drink)

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AND - Bloody Mary Sunday, choose from any of the RFD Vodka’s, Traditional, Cucumber or Horseradish.

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MONDAY - OPEN for July 4th 12:00 - 6:00

Feel free to pack a picnic, however if you forget we will be AT THE GRILL serving up picnic food.

(follow us on FB/IG for the menu/prices.)

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THURSDAY - WHISKEY, CIGARS & BBQ

see the event for July 7th for more details.

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City of Rockford

City of Rockford

Rockford 4th of July Events

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Rockford 4th of July Events

7:00 AM @ Downtown Rockford

$5.00

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Visit the website for more detailed information and a complete schedule of events. Times are subject to change.


Monday July 4, 2022 Highlights:

7:00 am - Lifescape 4th of July Classic Run/Walk

9:00 am - Patriotic Prayer Breakfast at Beattie Park (Coffee and pastries handed out at 8:30 pm)

3:30 pm - Free music entertainment at Joe Marino Statue - Gramps with Amps

4:00 pm - Davis Park opens, live entertainment and children's area (park entrance closes at 9:15 pm)

4:40 pm - Motorcycle parade begins

4:50 pm - Screw City Jeeps parade begins

5:00 pm - Main patriotic parade begins

5:30 pm - Children's entertainment inside Davis Park

6:00 pm - Entertainment inside Davis Park - Dirty Pop

6:00 pm - Music entertainment at the Parade Grandstand - Bootleg Soul

9:30 pm - Firework Spectacle in the Sky - Tune to 103.1 for the soundtrack synced to the 30-minute Firework Spectacle in the Sky 


PARADE ROUTE

The Patriotic Parade forms on 7th Street and 6th/5th Avenues, proceeds north on 7th Street to State Street, west on State Street across the bridge, and disbands at Church Street.


FOOD VENDORS

Ingersoll Centennial Park: Olivo Taco and Sweet Reds Patisserie. Face Painting Lady815.

Davis Park: Olivo Taco, Rapped with Smoke BBQ, DNA Concessions, Pizza Fresca, adult beverages from Hayes Distribution and carbonated beverages/bottled water from Pepsi. Characters 2 Life featuring Wonder Woman, Captain America, Face Painters and Glitter Tattoo Artists.


PARKING

All parking garages and public parking lots will be no charge. Private parking lots may have charges. On-street parking will not be allowed on State Street.

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MembersAlliance Credit Union

MembersAlliance Credit Union

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Moving Guys

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Power Washing  free estimate

Power Washing free estimate

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1104 15th Ave | Rockford

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Now available! Give your home, patio, and driveway a clean new finish!

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Hulsebus Rockford Chiropractic

Hulsebus Rockford Chiropractic

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Buckbee Weed Co.

Buckbee Weed Co.

Text Club Discount!

Text Club Discount!

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1018 S. Main St. | Rockford

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Did you know that we have a text club? If you sign up, you'll get a coupon for 10% off your next purchase! 🤩🤩🤩

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Barnstormer Distillery

Barnstormer Distillery

Captain's Reserve Now Available

Captain's Reserve Now Available

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6969 S. Main Street | Rockford

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CAPTAIN’S RESERVE, 375ml is now available at the distillery! We are open this Thursday 12-6 & Friday 11-3.

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Tasting of this rare spirit is available for $10 which may be applied towards the purchase of a bottle of the Captain’s Reserve.

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John Berlin Agency

John Berlin Agency

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Varo Fence Co.

Varo Fence Co.

Free Estimates

Free Estimates

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| Rockford

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We offer free estimates. That’s our “thing” We come out to you, discuss some options and determine what fence will fit right fit for you. We strive to find a price point that fits your budget and your style. Since 2017.

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Murphy’s Pub

Murphy’s Pub

Pool Tournament

Pool Tournament

Every Monday

510 S Perryville Rd | Rockford

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Every Monday at 8PM

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Reel Nutrition

Reel Nutrition

Mega Mondays

Mega Mondays

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109 N Show Place Drive | Rockford

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5Bar

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Screw City Tavern

Screw City Tavern

Family Night

Family Night

Every Monday

4412 Manchester DR | Rockford

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It’s Family Night Monday! Kids eat for $1.99. Get out of the cold and let us do the cooking.

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Shooters Tap Room

Shooters Tap Room

Exciting News!

Exciting News!

Every Monday

4007 East State St | Rockford

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Only at Shooter's Taproom

$5 Drafts Upstairs

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Murphy’s Pub

Murphy’s Pub

Murphy's Happy Hour : 3 - 6 PM

Murphy's Happy Hour : 3 - 6 PM

Every Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

510 S Perryville Rd | Rockford

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$3.50 DOMESTIC BOTTES & DRAFTS , $3.50 WELL DRINKS, $5 TITO'S & CAPTION


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First Class General Contracting

First Class General Contracting

Free Home Inspection

Free Home Inspection

Every Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

7307 N Alpine Rd | Rockford

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Heavy Storms are moving into the area. Call First Class GC for a free peace of mind inspection. 815-637-8992 We're here for you.

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Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Sean Kenney's Nature Connects Made with LEGO® Bricks

Sean Kenney's Nature Connects Made with LEGO® Bricks

Limited Time Offer : Saturday, Jun 11 - Sunday, Sep 11

2715 S. Main St. | Rockford

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Sean Kenney's Nature Connects Made with LEGO® Bricks, is an award-winning and record-breaking exhibition that uses beautiful works of art made from simple toy blocks to explore animal endangerment, the balance of ecosystems, and mankind’s relationship with nature.

Produced by Imagine Exhibitions, Nature Connects depicts important topics that the New York artist, Sean Kenney, holds dear, such as protecting an animals’ habitat or planting a garden. Nature Connects further shows that just as LEGO®bricks interconnect, everything in nature is interconnected in a delicate balance. The narratives, along with the intricate displays, also explore the importance of conservation, the balance of ecosystems, predator/prey relationships, and the relationships between humankind and the natural world.



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Discovery Center Museum

Discovery Center Museum

Free admission to active duty military

Free admission to active duty military

Limited Time Offer : Saturday, May 21 - Monday, Sep 5

711 N. Main Street | Rockford

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Discovery Center is proud to offer free admission to active duty military and up to 5 family members this summer!

May 21-September 5, 2022.


Must present military ID at admission desk.

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Shooters Tap Room

Shooters Tap Room

.50 Cent Boneless Wings!!

.50 Cent Boneless Wings!!

Limited Time Offer : Thursday, May 26 - Saturday, Jul 30

4007 East State St | Rockford

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Inflation busting summer wing special- Limited Time! Thursdays 11AM to 9:30PM. .50 cent bonelss wings or $1.00 bone-in wings. Dine in only!

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