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Rockford is One of the Best Christmas Towns in Illinois

As has been pointed out in the past, Rockford finds itself on too many lists of non-positive things, and on too few of the positive lists. However, when it comes to celebrating Christmas, we here in the Forest City can hold our heads high.

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Tonight is a Great Night to Shop on State in Downtown Rockford

Yesterday in this space, I asked when was the last time that you shopped downtown Rockford. As luck would have it, you've got a golden opportunity tonight (Thursday).

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Rockford, Are You Ready For Some Serious Cold Weather?

Don't let the headline fool you into thinking that you have a choice. Some serious cold is about to hit most of the country, and Rockford is certainly in Mother Nature's crosshairs.

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When Was the Last Time You Shopped Downtown Rockford?

With Stroll on State having taken place a couple of weeks back, the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (RACVB) would love to know what you thought of the 4th annual event. And, while you're at it, when was the last time you headed for downtown Rockford to do some shopping?

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Missed Stroll on State? You Can Still Enjoy Rockford’s River Lights Weekends in December

If you've been kicking yourself because you missed out on all the fun of last weekend's Stroll on State, you can stop now. One of the coolest features of Stroll on State is Rockford's River Lights, and you can still get down to see them Saturdays and Sundays throughout December.

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Light the Tree at the LZ Peace Memorial for Our Military Serving Away From Home

I just got a note from my good friend, Vietnam Veteran Nick Parnello, aka “Blackjack 6.” He asks that I let you know about a special event coming up at the LZ Peace Memorial on the grounds of Midway Village and Museum Center, Sunday, December 11th, at 4:30pm.

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Some Kids Really Love to Meet Santa, Others…Not So Much

I mentioned in a post yesterday that Santa Claus is coming to Rockford in December to have breakfast at Nicholas Conservatory with his many admirers. As someone who grew up in this area, the highlight for me as a kid was our annual pilgrimage to Colonial Village Mall to meet up with Santa at Weise's

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Santa is Far Too Busy For Lunch or Dinner, But He Has Time For Breakfast in Rockford

As a kid, I looked forward to the holiday season for many of the usual kid reasons: Christmas vacation from school, holiday presents and decorations, and coming up to Rockford to have breakfast with Santa Claus at Chas V. Weise's in Colonial Village Mall.

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Go Behind the Scenes at Rockford’s Stroll on State

You're probably aware by now that Rockford's 4th annual Stroll on State takes place this Saturday in downtown Rockford from 3pm-9pm. However, if you haven't been downtown for the previous three Strolls, let's take a look at some of the really cool things you can expect at this free family event.

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Rockford Looks Great in the “In Good Company” Video from the RACVB

We've talked before about how often we've heard someone say "There's just nothing to do in Rockford," and how the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (RACVB) is hard at work to put that expression out to pasture.

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