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Welcome to Rockford Buzz! Your Guide for Things to Do in Rockford IL

Welcome to Rockford IL's ultimate guide to things to do! Whether you're a local resident or just visiting, Rockford IL has a wealth of activities and attractions to offer. From outdoor adventures and cultural experiences to shopping, dining, and entertainment, this website is your one-stop-shop for discovering the best things to do in Rockford IL. We've handpicked the most popular and unique experiences to bring you an extensive list of activities to suit every interest, age group, and budget. Whether you're looking to have a family day out, a romantic getaway, or an exciting solo adventure, you'll find it all right here. Get ready to discover Rockford IL like never before, and make your next trip to this amazing city unforgettable!

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Today's Events & Things to Do | Rockford IL Region

Welcome to Rockford IL's one-stop-shop for today's events! This website is your go-to source for finding the latest and greatest happenings in Rockford IL. Whether you're looking for a fun family activity, a night out with friends, or a unique cultural experience, you'll find it all right here. We've handpicked a variety of events to suit every interest and budget, so you can easily plan your day and make the most of your time in Rockford IL. From festivals and concerts to exhibitions and workshops, there's always something exciting happening in this vibrant city. So check out our calendar of events and get ready to experience Rockford IL like never before!

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Today's Lunch, Dinner, & Drink Specials | Rockford IL Region

Welcome to Rockford IL's guide to today's lunch, dinner, and drink specials! If you're looking for the best food and drinks in town, you've come to the right place. Here, you'll find a comprehensive list of the latest specials and promotions offered by Rockford IL's top restaurants and bars. Whether you're in the mood for a delicious lunch, a romantic dinner, or a night out with friends, you'll find the perfect meal or drink to suit your taste and budget. From classic comfort food to gourmet cuisine, and from refreshing cocktails to local brews, Rockford IL has something for everyone. So check out our list of specials and get ready to indulge in the best that Rockford IL has to offer!

Baked Wings

Baked Wings

Munchie Hour 4:20pm-6:00pm

Munchie Hour 4:20pm-6:00pm

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Hours Today: 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM

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RBI / Bourbon Street Lounge

RBI / Bourbon Street Lounge

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Night Shift Diff

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Hours Today: 7:00 AM - 12:00 AM

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Inzombia Coffee

Inzombia Coffee

Birthday Club

Birthday Club

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Hours Today: 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM

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Barnstormer Distillery

Barnstormer Distillery

Captain's Reserve Now Available

Captain's Reserve Now Available

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Murphy’s Pub

Murphy’s Pub

Karaoke

Karaoke

Every Thursday

Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 2:00 AM

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Fozzy’s Bar & Grill

Fozzy’s Bar & Grill

Signature Bourbon Cocktails

Signature Bourbon Cocktails

Every Monday Thursday

Hours Today: 11:00 AM - 2:00 AM

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Reel Nutrition

Reel Nutrition

Toys for Tots Thursdays

Toys for Tots Thursdays

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Hours Today: 6:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Screw City Tavern

Screw City Tavern

Steak Night Deal

Steak Night Deal

Every Thursday

Hours Today: 11:00 AM - 2:00 AM

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5BAR

5BAR

Happy Hour

Happy Hour

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Hours Today: 4:00 PM - 2:00 AM

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Franchesco’s Ristorante

Franchesco’s Ristorante

Thursday Craft Cocktail Deal

Thursday Craft Cocktail Deal

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Hours Today: 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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Screw City Tavern

Screw City Tavern

Superhero Thursdays

Superhero Thursdays

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Hours Today: 11:00 AM - 2:00 AM

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The Canna Cafe & Bar

The Canna Cafe & Bar

Happy Hour

Happy Hour

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Hours Today: 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM

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Ernie’s Midtown Pub

Ernie’s Midtown Pub

$7 Burger Menu every Thursday and Saturday

$7 Burger Menu every Thursday and Saturday

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Hours Today: 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM

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Murphy’s Pub

Murphy’s Pub

Murphy's Happy Hour : 3 - 6 PM

Murphy's Happy Hour : 3 - 6 PM

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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 2:00 AM

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Fozzy’s Bar & Grill

Fozzy’s Bar & Grill

Happy Hour

Happy Hour

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Hours Today: 11:00 AM - 2:00 AM

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Baked Wings

Baked Wings

#GETSMASHED THURSDAYS

#GETSMASHED THURSDAYS

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The Pomodoro

The Pomodoro

$5 Martinis at The Pomodoro

$5 Martinis at The Pomodoro

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Hours Today: 11:00 AM - 12:00 AM

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Deals, Sales, & Shopping | Rockford IL Region

Welcome to Rockford IL's ultimate shopping guide! We're your one-stop-shop for the latest deals, sales, and shopping experiences in Rockford IL. Whether you're looking for a unique gift, a stylish outfit, or just a great deal, you'll find it all right here. From trendy fashion and home goods to electronics and toys, Rockford IL has something for every shopper. So check out our list of deals and get ready to hit the shops in Rockford IL!

SPoRT Makeup, Apparel, & Collectibles

SPoRT Makeup, Apparel, & Collectibles

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Use Code "BUZZ20" to Get 20% Off All Products

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MembersAlliance Credit Union

MembersAlliance Credit Union

Save to Win Account

Save to Win Account

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Hours Today: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

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Moving Guys

Moving Guys

Power Washing  free estimate

Power Washing free estimate

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Hulsebus Rockford Chiropractic

Hulsebus Rockford Chiropractic

Take the Same Supplements Your Doctor Uses

Take the Same Supplements Your Doctor Uses

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Hours Today: 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM

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Inzombia Coffee

Inzombia Coffee

Zombie Discount

Zombie Discount

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Hours Today: 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM

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John Berlin Agency

John Berlin Agency

GET A FREE QUOTE

GET A FREE QUOTE

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Varo Fence Co.

Varo Fence Co.

Free Estimates

Free Estimates

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Rockford IceHogs

Rockford IceHogs

Hamboni Rides

Hamboni Rides

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Murphy’s Pub

Murphy’s Pub

Karaoke

Karaoke

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First Class General Contracting

First Class General Contracting

Free Home Inspection

Free Home Inspection

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Local Businesses & Cool Places | Rockford IL Region

Welcome to Rockford IL's Random Adventure Generator! Every time you refresh the page, you'll be presented with a new set of four randomly selected destinations, each offering its own unique experience. Whether you're a local resident or just visiting, these random draws will inspire you to explore Rockford IL in new and exciting ways. From outdoor adventures and cultural experiences to shopping, dining, and entertainment, there's always something new to discover. So join us on this journey and get ready to explore Rockford IL like never before!

The Rockford Rage Roller Derby Team

The Rockford Rage Roller Derby Team

The Rockford Rage Roller Derby Team

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Rockford Rage is a roller derby league based in Rockford, Illinois. Founded in 2006, the league consisted of two teams which competed against teams from other leagues. The league was founded in mid-2006, and played its first bout in December: an interleague contest between the Demolition Dolls and the Screw City Slammers, teams which have since been disbanded. The bout attracted 650 fans. In 2009, the league attracted attention for its abandonment of smoking breaks. Rockford was accepted into the Women's Flat Track Derby Association Apprentice Program in September 2009, and became a full member of the WFTDA in June 2010.The Rockford Rage will be hosting home bouts for the 2018 season at the UW Sports Factory located in downtown Rockford.

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Azimuth Scuba

Azimuth Scuba

Azimuth Scuba

Today: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Azimuth Scuba specializes in world class diving instruction for the general public. Owned and operated by a team of dive & military veterans, we are committed to delivering 100% customer satisfaction through attentive, personalized training that gives you the knowledge and skills you need to feel safe and comfortable as you explore underwater environments. Located in Rockford, IL, our facility offers a friendly learning atmosphere, with a professional diving staff that’s dedicated to your success and enjoyment in the world of scuba adventure.

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Skyward Promotions Inc

Skyward Promotions Inc

Skyward Promotions Inc

Today: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Nearly one million Custom Imprinted Promotional Products! If it wears a logo it lives with us....from pencils to crystal.

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Rockford Art Deli

Rockford Art Deli

Rockford Art Deli

Today: 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM

In the print business since 2004, Rockford Art Deli is more than Britney & Jarrod, it’s a community of like minded, creative individuals that have a passion for high quality prints, designs & vibes. ​Located in Rockford, IL, we are committed to staying eco-friendly & also source USA made as much as possible. ​Being a fully manual shop means we're literally putting effort into every piece that leaves our hands. ​Our local focus doesn’t hold us back from working on projects across the count​ry though, we take pride in every shirt we print. Our reach is global, our mission is simple : stay rad, live happy, be you.

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Our goal is to shed light on the Rockford IL's rich history, vibrant culture, and bright future. From local events and attractions to restaurant reviews and positive movements, this website has got you covered. Take part in our polls and have your voice heard, and stay informed with our articles written by us. Join us in celebrating everything that makes Rockford IL the incredible place that it is.

Best Butcher Shop in the Rockford Area!

Best Butcher Shop in the Rockford Area!

It's time to dust off your grills and get cooking!! What is your go-to local butcher shop for all your grilling needs?

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Spicy Dishes at El Pueblo Restaurant

Spicy Dishes at El Pueblo Restaurant

El Pueblo Restaurant, located at 1527 Broadway, Rockford, IL 61104, is serving up fresh authentic Mexican cuisine that comes to your table hot and fresh. We headed over for an amazing dinner and to try one of the spiciest items on the menu. Keep reading to see if we survived the heat!Before we get to the hot takes, we have to talk about the margaritas. We tried the classic lime and mango margaritas and these bad boys will keep you coming back for more. These were light and refreshing while packing a punch! The mango was sweet and delicious and the classic lime is a crowd pleaser.Next up, we tried the flautas, filled with chicken, topped with sour cream and cheese, and served with rice and refried beans. This classic dish was simple perfection and served a satisfying crunch. The shredded chicken had a great flavor, and this mild dish is perfect for the whole family.  We finished off with the Diabla Shrimp, a spicy shrimp dish served with tortillas, rice, and beans. When they say spicy... they mean spicy. This dish is not for the faint of heart and will make you sweat. If you love heat, this is the dish for you! The heat builds on itself with each bite and the flavor is a testament to the authentic flavors. If you think you are up to the challenge, bring on the heat!Next time you are craving a great margarita and authentic Mexican cuisine, head over to El Pueblo and explore their menu. See you there, Rockford!

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Alchemy at Aldeen

Alchemy at Aldeen

Alchemy at Aldeen on 1902 Reid Farm Rd, Rockford, IL 61107, is fine dining with a beautiful view of the golf course. We ventured out to enjoy the view and the menu!First off, shout out to the amazing staff. We had the best service and a wonderful experience. We dove right into dinner with the Filet Sliders, served with your choice of side and a garlic aioli, these generous filets were served on a sweet bread that blended the flavors perfectly. Prepared to a medium temp, these are a great spin on the classic slider elevating the flavor and experience. The fries came out crisp and hot, topped with parmesan cheese.  Next up, the Parmesan Chicken Tower. A tower indeed, they stand two large chicken breasts on top of each other with marinara, mozzarella, and fresh basil and serve it on top of the cheesiest alfredo pasta you've ever tried. This generous serving is perfect for taking home, or making sure you don't leave hungry. Pair it with a glass of your favorite wine or a specialty cocktail to complete the experience.  Be sure to check out there amazing dessert menu to end your night with a touch of sweet. Enjoy the smooth ambiance, beautiful views, and delicious menu at Alchemy at Aldeen. See you there, Rockford!

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Pasta Flight and No Mercy at The Pomodoro

Pasta Flight and No Mercy at The Pomodoro

The Pomodoro at 6500 E Riverside Blvd, Loves Park, IL 61111, has an amazing menu waiting for you to discover your new favorite. We headed out to give it a try!  First off, we had to start with Mozzarella Pomodoro, two jumbo pieces of fresh, breaded handcut mozzarella deep fried and served with marinara. When they say jumbo, they mean it! This shareable appetizer is for cheese lovers everywhere. They even top the cheese with more cheese! What else could you ask for? A generous serving of sauce ensures everyone can dip to their heart's content.After that, we dove right into their Pasta Flight. Select any 3 of their specialty pastas to create your own experience. This is the perfect go to for you if you can never decide which pasta you want. We tried the Eight Finger Cavatelli, Short Rib Pasta, and Gnocchi Alfredo. The Eight Finger is a house specialty: handrolled cavatelli- made fresh everyday; ricotta, provolone, parmesan, breadcrumbs, all in vodka sauce. This is a doughy pasta with an indulgent texture you can't experience anywhere else! The Short Rib pasta is penne, 8-hour braised short rib, red wine, beef broth, and parmesan that makes a savory pasta that can warm you straight to the soul. There is a generous portion of meat and the pasta is prepared perfectly. The Gnocchi is stuffed with Ricotta, pan-fried, and served in house alfredo with parmesan. Biting into these releases the ricotta in a pleasantly melty delight. Never having to commit to a single pasta again is a life changer!We couldn't leave without trying the No Mercy pizza. Edge to edge pepperoni, stacked 2-3 deep with fresh mozzarella. This pizza has so much pepperoni it comes off a bit spicy, but pepperoni lovers will rejoice over the flavor. New York style slices are foldable and delicious!Stop out to The Pomodoro for your next lunch or dinner! You can't go wrong with a great menu, awesome staff, and full bar. See you there, Rockford! 

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Whether you're a local resident or just visiting, our videos will inspire you to explore Rockford IL like never before. From outdoor adventures and scenic drives to shopping and dining experiences, we've got it all covered. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the latest videos about Rockford IL. Get ready to experience the city in a whole new way!

Midwest Kayak Fishing Symposium

If you have fished from shore but are looking for more, a kayak may be what you are looking for. 🚣‍♀️ Want to make the dive into Kayak Fishing? Are you leery of making beginner mistakes? Having a hard time finding dependable information to help get you started? Looking to take your kayak fishing game to the next level? Then you will want to join Rocktown Adventures at the Midwest Kayak Fishing Symposium. ✨This is an interactive informational and educational event for all levels of kayak anglers. People just getting involved in the sport to more seasoned anglers, there will be something valuable for every angler. 🎣For more details or to register please visit https://bit.ly/41I8sXP.

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Friday Night Flix is Back!!

Rockford's biggest outdoor movie theater is getting ready, and so should you! This year Friday Night Flix is featuring 3 movies. 🎬🧞‍♂️Aladdin on May 31st🫏 Shrek on June 28th🤠 Toy Story on July 26thADMISSION IS FREE TO ATTEND!Pre-movie activities begin at 6:30 PM.The movie begins at dusk.More details about the movies, pre-movie programming, presenting sponsors, food truck announcements, and parking information will be announced soon!In the event of inclement weather during Friday Night Flix, announcements will be posted on the Friday Night Flix and Davis Park Facebook pages.

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Affordable Healthcare To Keep Your Lungs Strong

There are Doctors out there who believe taking care of your health shouldn't break the bank! 🏦👩‍⚕️ Dr. Nafsi has been a pulmonologist for over a decade and in that time she saw patients struggle with overly large bills and hidden fees. So about a year ago, she decided to open her own practice where she could control the price. The Rockford Pulmonary Clinic is a small, pulmonary office, where Dr. Nafsi uses her low-overhead and direct-to-patient billing to keep costs low. By billing directly with her patients, they know exactly how much each service will cost before they even leave the building. No hidden fees are waiting to pop up a month later! When doctors bill through insurance first, there is often a heavy markup that Dr. Nafsi can avoid by not going through that process first. Her office will submit to their patient's insurance for the patient's reimbursement upon request. You also don't NEED a referral or even insurance to be seen!She has a membership plan for $725 a year. This plan gives you UNLIMITED visits to the office and it covers everything. The average cost to see a pulmonologist in Illinois is $104. If you or your family member needs to be seen at least once a month, this would run you at least $12,000 a year just to be seen,Also, she provides lung cancer screening through a partnership with Forest City Diagnostic Imaging for only $125. This can cost $800 through most large corporation healthcare centers. Dr. Nafsi is the only pulmonologist in the US who uses direct-to-patient billing to keep her patients healthy without breaking their bank. She focuses on affordability and accessibility, providing specialized services and treatments for respiratory and sleep conditions. As a fee-for-service clinic, she can offer her patients a more affordable alternative to traditional healthcare options, without the burden of insurance policies or complicated referral processes. She believes every patient deserves access to the highest-quality medical care and is dedicated to providing just that. I hope more doctors follow in her footsteps!You can learn more at www.rockfordpulmonaryclinic.com

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Rockford's Home for Vintage Pieces

Too often people find themselves in the middle of the grief process having to plan a funeral and estate sale with little time or warning. And often, it's just not possible to run an estate sale from your own home. So Deb and Kurt started the Estate Sale Shop, took in all the estate sales they could, and kept them running as long as possible. This gave the grieving families time to part ways with their loved one's estate.The Estate Sale Shop has stunning, well-cared-for, vintage furniture and so much more. It's like a treasure trove of pre-owned vintage items. I could get lost in here every day, finding new pieces that catch my eye. 👁️🏴‍☠️They are open Wednesdays through Sundays at 320 N Alpine Rd Suite 300. Go check out their stuff soon!

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