Located in Winnebago County in northern Illinois and acting as county seat, Rockford, Illinois has a rich history. Rockford experienced consistent industrial development beginning in the mid-1830s, and became a leading furniture manufacturing center by the middle of the twentieth century. For the past thirty years, Rockford has become more economically diverse in healthcare, aerospace, and automotive industries.
With a population of approximately 153,000 (and approximately 500,000 including the surrounding metropolitan area), Rockford is the largest city beyond the Chicago metropolitan area and the third largest city in Illinois. Also known as the Forest City, Rockford offers many wonderful activities and historically significant venues to enjoy, including the Burpee Museum of Natural History, the Laurent House, the Coronado Theatre, and the Rockford Art Museum. Rockford is also known for the Mendelssohn Club, which is the oldest music club in the nation.
While visiting Rockford, there are many wonderful activities available, especially for nature lovers. Some of the more popular local attractions include the Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden, Sinnissippi Park, Anderson Japanese Gardens, and Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens. For those looking to have a more immersive experience, the Rock Cut State Park, which is located directly north of Rockford offers up several campsites and offers modern amenities to suit all your camping and outdoor recreational needs. Given all these wonderful opportunities, it is no wonder that Rockford is known as the City of Gardens!