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Where Do You Get Your Grillin' Meat?

Where Do You Get Your Grillin' Meat?

Grilling Season is just heating up! It may be August, but us tough Midwesterners have been known to grill well into winter. So turn on the propane, or pour the coals, and tell us where you get your grilling goods.

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Feel Like Bond at Winnebago County CASA's First Ever CASA Royale Event

His name is Buzz... Jake Buzz, and he is here to tell you about Winnebago County CASA's CASA Royale charity fundraising gala and casino night.

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What's the Process for Getting Your Home or Business Painted? Zee's Painting Breaks it Down

What's the process for getting your home or business painted? Zee’s painting LLC breaks it down.Plus, it's completely mesmerizing to watch paint being rolled... you know you enjoy it. 😉

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What Dog Wouldn't Love a Swim at Meyer's Tails Up Farm!?

Everyone loves a day at the pool, including your pup! Book a pool session with Meyer's Tails Up Farm and let your pup jump, splash, and swim to their heart's content. They don't call it the dog days of summer for nothing 😉.

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Dr. Brant Hulsebus from Hulsebus Rockford Teaches Jake a Fun Spine Fact

I wish I was a little bit taller... Hulsebus Rockford Chiropractic tells us when we are!

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Enjoy the Most Beautiful Exhibit in Rockford at Nicholas Conservatory's Delicate Forces

Today we hope to bring you a little peace and contentment. Rather than clutter up these beautiful images with text and title, we want you to just enjoy it.Delicate Forces is the latest exhibit to come to Nicholas Conservatory. This exhibit combines science and beauty in a way that film can never do justice. Rockford is the premiere location for this exhibit in the United States. Yep! Out of all of the places to go in the entire country, it landed in Rockford, Illinois first.The exhibit runs through November 6th and has to be experienced in person to truly appreciate it.For now, turn on the volume, watch the video, and enjoy 30 seconds of tranquility.

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A New Mobile Crisis Response Unit is Coming to Rockford

A new mobile Crisis Response Unit from theNational Youth Advocate Program - Illinois. Residents of Winnebago County can call 833-8-CRISIS (833-827-4747) for any crisis, including mental health, homelessness, substance abuse, and more.

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Say Hello to Sizz N Fizz!

We all love a good food truck, and the 815 has welcomed a new member to the local fleet! Meet Sizz N Fizz, your new smash burger addiction. Come one, come all because Sizz N Fizz has vegetarian and gluten-free options! Catch them at local events around town.

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Rockford Barbell Uses Fitness to Develop Social Emotional Skills in Their Free Kids Program

Rockford Barbell offers 2 free programs for kids. In addition to learning fitness, their students also learn emotional well-being. Check out all their youth and adult programs, and find out how you can help.

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Tyrone Thomas Uses Fitness to Teach Character at TTT Impact Training

TTT Impact Training uses fitness to teach character. With over a decade of experience and heart, the athletes and youth that come out of TTT Impact Training perform well on the field, and in life.

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Strike the Box is the Place to Go for Pipes

Whether it's a family heirloom or your daily user, Strike the Box is the place to go for pipes. They offer refurbs on all pipes, and will help you find your new favorite cigar.

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After 3 Years of Supply Chain Issues, Rocktown Adventures Is Fully Stocked!

After 3 years of supply chain issues, Rocktown Adventures is fully stocked! Whether you prefer to rent, buy, or explore through an event... Rocktown Adventures has you covered.

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Welcome to Rockford's Newest Community for Women Artists! Inscape Collective

Inscape Collective is a women's collective that opened up shop in Mid-Town at 201 7th Street. Their retail shop sells products from diverse female artists, artisans, and entrepreneurs. They are open every Saturday from 11:00am - 4:00pm.

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Drum Dojo

A dojo is a place for immersive learning, and now the 815 has a Drum Dojo ! Learn to drum, perfect your skills, and make sweet sweet music. Check them out on Instagram: @drum.dojohttps://www.drumdojo.me/

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Earth is a Local Business Aiming to Eliminate Single Use Plastics

Thinking about sustainable home solutions for a better tomorrow? EARTH A Zero Waste Company has you covered! Find biodegradable, compostable, and recyclable solutions for your home at markets all over the 815.

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Enjoy a Free Family Show Twice a Week All Summer Long

Looking for some free family fun this summer? Check out the Ski Broncs Water Ski Show Team - Loves Park, IL! From Memorial Day to Labor Day you will find fun themed shows, tricks, jumps, and more! Stop by the concession stand for dinner or a snack, and then kick back and enjoy the show from the grandstands!

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Find Love in all the Local Places on July 16th!

Rockton is hosting a sidewalk sale! Find deals you'll love in all the local places you love. Mark your calendar for July 16th and shop the sales!

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Meet Doogle, a Full-Time Illustrator, Born & Raised in Rockford

Locally for a unique gift for someone special? Want to jazz up your office space? Check out Doogles Art for a custom illustration, logo work, and more!

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Free Fun for the Whole Family at Live at Levings!

Live at Levings is an amazing free summer event that has been happening in Rockford for many years! If you haven't made it out, this is your year. Check out the talent show, DJs, break dance competitions, and more at Live at Levings.

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ICYMI: It's City Market Season!

Wondering what you'll do this Friday?It's City Market Season! Hit the streets of downtown Rockford, grab some grub from your favorite truck, shop your favorite local vendors, and listen to some awesome music. It sounds like your Friday night plans are all set!

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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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How Much Does a Rockford Buzz Video Cost? Jake's Got the Answer

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Real Beautiful You is Open and Ready to Help!

Real Beautiful You, LLC is a wellness center located in the Emerson Mansion on North Main. They provide personal nutrition counseling, inclusive movement classes, and massage therapy to help you along your self-love journey.

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317 Art Collective Brings Us Art's Happening Downtown 2022

Art's Happening Downtown this weekend on the 300 block of Market Street! There will be music, food trucks, full bar by Prairie Street, Coffee by Inzombia, vendors, and of course Art!Bring the whole family and enjoy the second annual Art's Happening Downtown event. Festivities kick off at noon!

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Inzombia Coffee is Open!

If you love the '90s, love coffee, and love local, check out the NOW OPEN Inzombia Coffee! They have a huge collection of '90s nostalgia to serve along with your coffee order.

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BW Event & Decor Can Make Your Party POP!

Make your next party POP with BW Event & Decor! They offer everything from balloon installations to grazing tables. No event is too big, or too small for this dynamic duo.

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5 Bar Has a Rainbow of Drinks This Month for June Pride

❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 There's a new June drink menu at 5bar.co! And, it's very colorful! To honor pride month, each team member chose a color and a drink that shows it off. Stop in and pick your favorite color, or taste the rainbow!💜💙💚💛🧡❤️

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Weekend Roundup: August 12 - August 14

Weekend Roundup: August 12 - August 14

It’s Rockford Day weekend! The official Rockford Day isn’t until Monday, but lots of local businesses are kicking the celebration off early. Grab your family and spread your Rockford pride!


Friday


In case you missed it, the Boone County Fair has been in full swing all week! This weekend is your last chance to enjoy the fair. We tested the rides, and sampled the funnel cakes for you already.  


Rock River Valley Blood Center is calling all Rockford donors to celebrate our community by giving blood! Stop out at the Downtown or Perryville Donor Centers to donate blood between Friday, August 12 - Monday, August 15th and you'll be entered to win one of FIVE dinner-for-two vouchers valued at $50 from Baker Street Burgers or Salamone's North! Three RRVBC gift baskets will be given away as well! Call (815) 965-8751 or visit rrvbc.org to schedule your appointment.


Saturday


Join Lallygag Boutique as they celebrate our city! They are celebrating Rockford Day on Saturday with special sales and giveaways in store!


Rockford Day is also happening on Saturday at Hidden Treasures Mall & Antiques. Stop in all day for great deals! They will also have a full display presented by Rockford Made it with vintage and more items made within Rockford. There will also be a large display of Rockford made items for sale. Then from 2-3pm Gary will be here for an informal chat about all things Rockford! Bring your items, and your questions and he’ll be there to help and answer any questions or just reminisce! 


Miracle Mile Rockford is celebrating local manufacturing for Rockford Day this year by hosting another outdoor movie. They will be showing the action-packed film First Man, an Apollo 11 story of the first man on the moon mission. As the Rockford area has a rich history making contributions to many space missions, they thought this would be a great way to celebrate our awesome city and highlight some local manufacturing companies at the same time! 


Sunday


Join the dinosaurs at The Pottery Lounge for an afternoon of painting, treats, discounts, and fun. They are partnering with Hero Party Patrol, who will bring "Mama" Val, an 8' tall, 13' long Utahraptor dinosaur, along with one of her babies, for painters to meet and interact with. Don't worry - they're specially trained not to bite!


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

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A Well Kept Secret at Backyard Grill & Bar

A Well Kept Secret at Backyard Grill & Bar

Have you stopped into Backyard Grill & Bar for dinner yet? Just off North 2nd Street in Loves Park, Backyard has a huge menu to satisfy any appetite and a big secret…


We can’t lead right in with the secret, where would the fun be in that? But, we will start with a fact you may not know! The grills at Backyard Grill & Bar are all wood burning. There is a char and a flavor that only a wood burning flame can produce. Expect the amazing hickory flavors with every meal.


Let’s start with the Henhouse. We ordered the Smothered Chicken: two 6oz chicken breasts are grilled and topped with mushrooms, onions, and Swiss cheese. I always find chicken to be the true test. It is so easy to serve dry. Grilled to perfection, the chicken breasts were juicy and flavorful. You get the select two sides, which makes this a very filling meal. Looking to get your veggies in but don’t want to be bored with the flavor? Come on down to Backyard. The veggies are steamed in garlic butter. You heard that right. Garlic. Butter.  


Now for the moment you have been waiting for. A well kept secret is that you can get amazing salmon at the Backyard Grill & Bar! A generous North-Atlantic filet is available grilled with classic Backyard seasoning or blackened. We highly recommend the blackened! The flavor was wonderful and the texture was spot on. If you enjoy salmon, you have to swing by Backyard Grill & Bar to try their king sized filet. Your choice of two sides makes this a feast you’ll crave.


Special shout out to their kids menu. Lots of options, you can sub veggies for the fries, and each kid gets to head to the freezer and pick a novelty ice cream to end their meal with. To a kid, this little extra effort makes them feel special.


Backyard Grill & Bar is perfect for your next family outing!


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Womanspace Online Auction

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Weekend Roundup: August 5 - August 7

Weekend Roundup: August 5 - August 7

There are a TON of events this weekend, Rockford. We couldn’t possibly contain it all in one weekend roundup. Check out these events, and then click through to the events calendar to see all the happenings this weekend!


Friday


Festa Italian is kicking off the weekend! Running Friday through Sunday, stop by the festival grounds at Boylan High School to join the annual celebration of the Italian community in Rockford. With music, food, and rides to enjoy, you could stay all weekend!


Saturday


The Dog Days of Summer Art Fair to benefit Kibble Korner Pet Food Pantry is this Saturday. Shop art from local artists (including an artistic dog!) and donate dog and cat food at this amazing event to benefit pets in our community.


The Natural Living Expo is held annually by Rockford Crunchy Ladies to raise funds for their Scholarships and learning opportunities. This expo will showcase local businesses with natural, holistic, and sustainable living. Sharing the services, products, and activities that Rockford and the surrounding area have to offer our community.


The Culture Shock Parking Lot Show is back! All proceeds from the event will be donated to The Rock & Roll Institute, who kicks off the show at 4:00pm. Come for the party, stay for the food trucks.


Sunday


The first Love Your Mental event is this Sunday. There are more options available than just the traditional therapy with a counselor, let's showcase them! A $2 entry fee at the door will be donated to National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for the Northern Illinois Region.


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

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Dinner at Benny's

Dinner at Benny's

Franchesco’s is a popular destination for your special events and celebrations. We headed out for a celebratory dinner of our own!


We started with an appetizer that is a Franchesco’s specialty, the Lamb Lollipops. Don’t let the name fool you, this savory dish is amazing opener to any meal. If you like lamb, we highly recommend this delicious dish. There are 5 mini rib chops, perfect for sharing. Tender and perfectly seasoned, lamb lovers will rejoice after enjoying this appetizer.


I feel like I can’t move on from the appetizers without mentioning Franchesco’s bread. If you know, you know. If you don’t… go find out.


When in Rome, do as the Romans do. When at Benny’s, you order the Steak Benny! Steak Benny is a sliced New York Strip with a dejonge crust and white wine cream sauce. Served with a vegetable and truffle potatoes. If you love butter with your steak, the Steak Benny is for you. The dejonge crust still had the crisp crunch, and the butter created a juicy, melt in your mouth steak. The truffle potatoes wreaked perfectly and seasoned perfectly. Leave the ketchup for the kiddos, you won’t need to change a thing about these potatoes. Give this namesake a try during your next dinner at Benny’s.


No celebration is complete without dessert, so we ended our meal with their Almond Cake. A cousin to tiramisu, lady fingers and mascarpone cheese come together with a new twist bringing an almond and caramel dream to life. Big enough to share, this is a light and refreshing dessert sure to please the whole table.


Celebrate your next milestone, or a good old fashioned Tuesday, at Franchesco’s!


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Where Do You Get Your Grillin' Meat?

Where Do You Get Your Grillin' Meat?

Grilling Season is just heating up! It may be August, but us tough Midwesterners have been known to grill well into winter. So turn on the propane, or pour the coals, and tell us where you get your grilling goods.

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Free World Explorers Summer Arts Camp

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Weekend Roundup: July 29 - July 31

Weekend Roundup: July 29 - July 31

We are staring down back to school season, and fall festivities are on the horizon, but summer isn’t over yet! Enjoy being outside this weekend, Rockford.


Friday


Explore Artourage, inside the creative space of Fatherless, an award-winning local print collective. Exclusive prints will be available for donation with contributions going directly to the Art’s Council’s local artist grants and art programs. Food trucks and a cash bar available!


Lino’s is kicking off the first of its new music and movies series call Four Fridays. Admission is free, and the fun kicks off at 5:30pm. This week is Rockford Peaches Night with music by Miles Nielsen and Kelly Steward.


Saturday


Never been kayaking before or maybe rented a kayak but wanted to learn more? Rocktown Adventures Introduction to Kayaking is the perfect opportunity to gain some knowledge and practicable skill for your next adventure. After this class you will be more efficient, confident, and knowledgeable with your paddling.


Pig Minds Brewing Co. is hosting comedy night! The show starts at 7:30pm, but arrive early for a good seat. Admission is free!


Sunday


Come - rain or shine - for special Sunday brunch food prepared by the staff at Prairie Street Brewing Co. topped off with a Bloody Mary bar. Adding to the whole experience will be music by Espinosa and Coffey. We'll have a ticket drop auction for great baskets. All proceeds support Family Counseling Services' mission to provide affordable, professional counseling services to children and adults.


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

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National Chicken Wing Day at Baked Wings

National Chicken Wing Day at Baked Wings

A little birdy told us it is #NationalChickenWingDay! We obviously jumped on the opportunity to celebrate. I mean, do you really need an excuse to eat chicken wings? We didn’t think so…


We headed over to The Pomodoro to enjoy their sister restaurant, Baked Wings. However, in a few short months, you will find Baked Wings at their new location on Riverside. Look for it in September!


If you aren’t familiar with Baked Wings, they do things a little differently. They bake their wings naked and then spice it up with a variety of signature dust rubs. Add a side to make it a basket (you can add the rub dusts to these bad boys too) and you have a hearty meal perfect for your next game day… or any day.  


Step one, select drummies, paddles, combo, or tenders. We are team drummies over here! Step two, select your rub dust. We went a little crazy and picked 4 flavors: buffalo hot, garlic parmesan, chili lime, and honey barbecue. Step three, to basket or not to basket? Basket. We chose garlic parmesan cheese curds and breaded mushrooms, but they have a whole host of options for you to drool over.  


The best part of the rubs… less mess! No embarrassing t-shirt stains outing your lunchtime choices. The flavor doesn’t suffer though. I dove right into the buffalo hot and was pleasantly surprised by the heat. I love heat and sometimes I’m let down by other buffalo varieties. These bad boys definitely brought the heat! Next up was garlic parmesan, for the fancy wing connoisseur. The delicate balance of flavors makes these crave-able and a not to miss flavor. Chili Lime was not what I expected! A slight warmth with a sweet finish might have just pushed this flavor into my regular rotation. Honey BBQ was last, but certainly not least. They come out looking like a buffalo, but don’t be fooled! This bbq packs a punch and wasn’t overly sweet. Definitely a go-to flavor.


Prefer a saucier experience? Never fear. Baked Wings offers plenty of dip choices, from the classic ranch and blue cheese to fancy flavors like bang bang sauce, which, for the record, you need to taste for yourself. It took those fried mushrooms to the next level.


With sports on the TVs all day long, you can’t go wrong with Baked Wings at The Pomodoro!