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Celebration of Chocolate Month Poll

Celebration of Chocolate Month is specially dedicated to celebrating the tasty goodness that is chocolate. So tell us, where do you get your local chocolate?

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Sock Monkey Madness is Back at Midway Village Museum

Sock Monkey Madness is back at Midway Village Museum!

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West Side Show Room Presents "Hir"

Join The West Side Show Room for "Hir". Somewhere in the suburbs, Isaac has returned from the war and every expectation he had for a normal homecoming is turned upside down.

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Nikk Nails Bring Your Pedicure to You!

You are busy, so why make self-care another errand? Nikk Nails offers in-home luxury pedicures that you can schedule at your convenience!

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Hi Beautiful Bridal is Hosting Galentine's Day 2023!

Attention brides to be! 🚨 Hi Beautiful is hosting their Galentine's Day event ONE week from today! Three lucky brides will win 50% off the ENTIRE store. So visit Emily, have some champagne, relax, and take it all in during her 2-hour event. 👰‍♀️

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TNT Funnel Cakes Will Blow Your Mind!

These aren't your ordinary funnel cakes. From sweet to savory, this power couple has every variety of funnel cake you could think of. They even have Breakfast, Chicken & Funnel Cake, and a Funnel Cake & Gravy recipes. Head down to 201 West State Street and check them out!

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Discovery Center Brings Fun for Everyone

Discovery Center Museum is bringing Fun for Everyone! An inclusive way to enjoy the museum.

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Riko Menzies Shares His Love of Rockford Through Photography

Riko is using his love of photography and Rockford to show us our community from a different perspective. His photos are not only beautiful, but he captures the energy that comes from the early hours of the day. Follow him on Instagram for more of his work.https://www.instagram.com/pinoyfiasco

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Savvy Event Co Brings You Galentine's Day 2023!

Savvy Event Co. brings you Galentine's Day 2023! Grab your girlfriends and enjoy celebrating with each other.

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Enjoy Meg's Daily Grind and Music at Anderson Japanese Gardens

Love the views at Anderson Japanese Gardens? Love the coffee from Meg's Daily Grind? Enjoy this perfect match!

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Soar Awards 2023 Has Been Announced!

The Soar Awards are coming to the Coronado! Check out this inspirational event.

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Rockford Symphony Orchestra Has Selected Their New Music Director!

Meet the new music director for the Rockford Symphony Orchestra! Over 200 conductors applied and only 1 was chosen. The new director will build upon the legacy left by Steve Larsen, who led the symphony for over 3 decades. Rockford is so excited to have such a wonderful and talented person come to our city to lead one of our cultural treasures.

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Meyer's Tails Up Farm is Hosting Puppy Social Hour!

Puppy Social Hour is happening at Meyer's Tails Up Farm!Meet new friends and learn social skillsSupervised, indoor playAge appropriate play groupsLet your puppy play on Saturdays through March 25!Head to their page for all the details.

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Midtown District is the NEXT Rockford Renaissance

Midtown District is ready for it's renaissance! Check out all the local businesses and more.

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The Canine Crunchery is Focused on Pet Health for 2023

New Year, New Dog! (and cat ) Jane at The Canine Crunchery, Inc. has a BUNCH of stuff for the physical, and mental, wellness of your pet.

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Miss Radio Shack? Then CTEC Shack is Your New Favorite Store

Curtis opened CTEC Shack with the goal of helping DIYers with their tech needs. He carries everything from TV antennas, to 3D Printers, to drones, and tools. He also has a wide collection of books from local authors. It's impossible to list all of the cool stuff he carries. You're just gonna have to go check it out for yourself!

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Local Man Builds Arise App to Help Those with Anxiety and Depression

Lewis Tucker and his wife started building the Arise Prayer App based on their experiences at work. They saw a gap between those suffering with anxiety and depression and the time it can take to see a counselor or therapist. So they built an app to help connect those within a support community and to help people find support communities if they don't have one. To learn more, you can head to www.ariseprayer.com

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It's Time for the 2023 Rockford Area Arts Award Nominations!

Rockford! The RAAC is looking for YOUR nominations for the 2023 Rockford Area Arts Awards! Any art or performance in 2022 can be nominated. Head to the RAAC website and social pages for all the details.

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Join Us and Inzombia for Rockford Trivia at CJ's Public House

It's 41 questions of Rockford Trivia as Jake and Pete from Inzombia team up to test YOUR 815 knowledge! 🤓 Mark your calendars for January 18th at CJ's Public House! Prizes and fun to be had! 🤩

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Lucha Cantina's Birria

Lucha Cantina featuring "Birria, Birria".You'll never again hear Santana without craving birria tacos.

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Rosie's Coffee Company is Open in Pecatonica!

Rosie’s Coffee Company is now open in Pecatonica, IL! Check them out an find more than a great cup of coffee.

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There's Snow So That Means Tubing at Alpine Hills!

🎶 Dashing through the snow,In an air-filled inner tube! 🎶The Rockford Park District Snow Park at Alpine Hills is now open!

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Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Wants to Give Your Christmas Tree a Second Chance

Don't leave your tree at the curb this year. Give it a second chance at Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful.

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All Auto Parts Has Some Holiday Advice Just In Time for Christmas

Why buy a new car for the holidays when you can fix your current one? See Eddie at All Auto Parts of Rockford to fix your car and save the world!

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Baked Wings Have An Affect On You, But Not Like This. LOL

Take a trip to Baked Wings with Jake.

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Earth. A Zero Waste Company Now Has a Storefront!

Curious about how you can make a difference in the health of our planet? Check out EARTH Zero Waste! Find sustainable options for items you use every day.

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The 2022 River District Santa Hop is TODAY!

Calling all Santas! Join downtown Rockford for an evening of holiday celebration with all your favorite downtown shops, eateries, and clubs. Enjoy live music, some holiday libations, and pick up those last few gifts for under the tree.

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Strike the Box is THE place to go to enjoy a cigar indoors

Looking for a place to enjoy your pipe or cigar indoors? Well, you found it. Check out Strike the Box Pipes & Cigars.

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It's Cookie Season at Halo Bakeshop

It's cookie season at Halo Bakeshop! Order a tray for your holiday gathering, or for yourself... you deserve it.

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Rockford Pinball is Having a Launch Party at Louie's Tap House

Rockford Pinball is partnering with Stern Pinball and Toad Hall Books and Records to host a launch party at Louie's Tap House! Come test your skills or compete on a national level with other champs!

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Come Watch the Christmas Truce of 1914 at Midway Village Museum

Midway Village Museum is hosting their Christmas Truce Re-enactment event on December 10th at the battle grounds. Come watch a battle re-enactment, complete with explosions, and learn about the Christmas Truce of 1914. There will be kid's activities, trench tours, and a whole lot more. It's a great event to learn about World War One, trench warfare, and what the allied and axis soldiers endured during the war.You can purchase your tickets online at https://midwayvillage.com/ or at the gates the day-of the event.

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Celebration of Chocolate Month Poll

Celebration of Chocolate Month Poll

Celebration of Chocolate Month is specially dedicated to celebrating the tasty goodness that is chocolate. So tell us, where do you get your local chocolate?

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Take a trip to Discovery Town

Take a trip to Discovery Town

It’s time for a road trip, and it’s an easy drive to this pint-sized city! Take the family to Discovery Town…a temporary exhibit at Discovery Center Museum where children play as they learn about the people and places that make up a community. The exhibition opens February 11 and runs through May 29. Discovery Center created this temporary exhibit several years ago and is bringing it back due to popular demand.


Discovery Town is a friendly little town with a focus on fun! Each stop on the trip through this mini city provides opportunities for children to try out adult roles through role play. This cityscape created just for kids offers a collection of storefronts where our youngest citizens are the shopkeepers and customers. Children have the freedom to safely explore, discover, and learn through creative and imaginative play in a pint-sized community.

 

While in Discovery Town, children can explore a variety of settings:


  • Vet Clinic: Give your furry friend a checkup. Then make your pet pretty at the grooming table!
  • Theater: Dress in costume and give a performance worthy of a Tony award.
  • Post Office: Sort the mail, fill your bag, and deliver letters all over town!
  • Airport: Sort and load packages, fire up the engine, and pilot your way to…anywhere!
  • Pizza Shop: Take an order, then prepare, bake and serve up some pizza!
  • Fire Station: Answer emergency calls, suit up in firefighter gear, drive the fire truck and then battle a blaze!
  • Classroom: Be the teacher or the student and enjoy school-themed activities.
  • Town Park: Enjoy outdoor games in this big green space, and take a spin on the sock skating rink.
  • Town Zoo: Check out the giant giraffe, lion, zebra and monkey.

 

“Children explore and learn about the world around them through role play,” explains Sarah Wolf, executive director at Discovery Center. While not all children decide so early, it’s fundamental to children’s development for them to understand their potential and their options, and to see themselves in different roles.

 

Discovery Town is sponsored in part by Associated Bank, Smith Charitable Foundation and JL Clark. Admission to Discovery Center and the Discovery Town exhibit is $11 for the public and free to museum members.

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Thai Hut Reopened for Dine In

Thai Hut Reopened for Dine In

In case you missed it, Thai Hut is now reopened for dine-in! This Rockford staple has been on our list to try for a while, and we were thrilled to join them in person.


One does not simply go to Thai Hut and not order an appetizer… or two. We started with the Pot Stickers and Crab Rangoons. The Potstickers were absolutely delicious and came with a special sauce with a thick consistency. The sauce added that bold flavor profile and being thick didn’t leave a drip trail across your plate. The Crab Rangoons are savory and served with a delicious sweet and sour sauce. These will definitely be on the regular rotation for us!


On to the entrees! We ordered Thai Hut’s Special Combo, an incredible stir-fried combination of chicken, shrimp, and imitation crab with mixed vegetables and cashew nuts. Served with a side of rice, this delicious stir fry is cooked in their house sauce and deserving of the name Thai Hut Special. This mouth-watering entree is going to keep you coming back for more. The mix of proteins kept the flavors fresh and exciting. The sauce truly makes this dish!  



Drunken Noodle was next, your choice of meat stir-fried with rice noodles, tomatoes, onions, eggs, peppers, bean sprouts, and basil. We decided to add pork to this dish and I’m glad we did! The thick rice noodle was unique and fun, and the colors in this dish were bright and fresh. The veggies were stir-fried to maintain their crisp texture, and the heat really popped on this one. No worries, you choose your level of spice. It’s like a choose-your-own-adventure meal!


The service was phenomenal, the food was delicious, and the atmosphere was great! Be sure to stop in for lunch or dinner soon!