"Rockford, one hour west of Chicago" Rockford by dlandt

Rockford Travel Guide: 35 reviews and 56 photos

Last chance for a gyro or an Italian beef

Rockford is a small city of a little more than 150,000 people originally settled by Swedish immigrants. you can still get stuff like Swedish pancakes and Scandinavian souveniers, but no one is really going to visit the town for that. More or less, if you're driving west and choose to stop in Rockford, its really the last place you will see East Coast culture before you enter the cornfields of the true Midwest. Not a lot of people go here because its not a real exciting place, but it does have some attractions.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Its simple to get around and has a homey atmosphere
  • Cons:Not a lot to do
  • In a nutshell:Where East meets Midwest
  • Last visit to Rockford: Sep 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • KaisaL's Profile Photo
    Oct 18, 2007 at 1:35 PM

    Next time your in Rockford, Carlyle has added a nice patio area in the rear and is expanding...

  • Martman's Profile Photo
    Mar 3, 2006 at 10:31 PM

    Thanks for the Rockford burger tip. If you ever in Toronto, I will take you to the burger place near me. My favorite!

  • zrim's Profile Photo
    Mar 11, 2004 at 8:12 AM

    Ha ha ha. I grew up listening to the jingle " Beef-a-Roo, Beef-a-Roo it's the only place for you, to get the best beef sandwich in the land."

  • OlafS's Profile Photo
    Oct 8, 2003 at 7:31 AM

    Sounds like a nice place for me. I could spend hours between used books and records.


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