Rockford, IL, the City of Gardens, covers 61 square miles in Winnebago County and has a population of more than 153,000, while more than 400,000 people live in the Rockford region. The median home sale price is $86,500, and the average listing price is currently $98,079. There are plenty of homes to choose from in the area with about 1,200 resale and new homes, and about that many more in foreclosure.
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The area offers more than 20,000 acres of green space, four rivers and a dozen golf courses. There are a multitude of outdoor activities in which to participate. For example, Rock Cut State Park is a great place to hike or horseback ride, and gardens such as the Anderson Japanese Gardens are beautiful and peaceful places to walk around. The Rockford Area has 25 miles of interconnecting trails. Enjoy the giant Magic Waters Waterpark or ride a river excursion boat. Watch races at Rockford Speedway and Blackhawk Farms Raceway. Cultural activities and sights abound. The Rockford Art Museum displays over 1,900 works of art. The Discovery Center Museum is awesome for kids. People of all ages can learn about nature at the Burpee Museum of Natural History, or see the unique history of the area at the Midway Village and Museum Center, a living museum with exhibits and a pioneer village. There is a theatre, a dance company, symphony, chamber music group, outdoor concerts and two big show venues.
Rockford, IL is a one hour drive to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and about 90 minutes to downtown Chicago. The heart of the city is the Rock River. Several museums are located at the Riverfront Museum Park. The Sinnissippi Gardens and Park, SportsCore One and a trail network are also found there. Rockford is converting industrial sites into public areas and parks. Many events occur on the Rock River such as the Rockford Art Museum Greenwich Village Art Fair, Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition, waterski shows, Music in the Park, artists' fairs, Holiday Festival of Lights and the Forest City Queen excursion boat. A plethora of eclectic gourmet and ethnic restaurants make dining fun and delicious. Unique specialty shops are found throughout the town, including more than 25 antique stores, and there is major shopping at the Cherryvale Mall. Sports enthusiasts can watch the Rockford Aviators play baseball or the Ice Hogs play hockey. The largest industry is manufacturing. It is a regional medical center as well. Rockford, IL has much to offer its residents.