Being part of the greater Rockford community offers residents easy access to a number of cultural opportunities. The following is just a sample.
Midway Village and Museum Center provides visitors to this turn-of-the-century village a step back in time as they explore life during the l9th century. The Rockford Museum features the state’s largest gallery space found outside of Chicago and averages ten exhibitions annually.
The Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum is located on the limestone bluff overlooking the creek banks on which Rockford was founded and provides a unique glimpse into the gilded Victorian era of the 19th century. The cottage is listed on the National Historic Register and was built by Robert Tinker in 1865.
The Mendelssohn Club provides concerts with world renowned guest artists and its own performing members. Since 1884, the club has sponsored concerts, workshops, seminars and competitions in its historic and charming vintage theater. Music In the Park includes concerts under the stars featuring a variety of music June through August with free admission.
The Rockford Symphony Orchestra established in 1934, is an 85-member orchestra of professional musicians chosen by competitive audition. Regular offerings include a six-concert classical series, an annual December Kinderkonzert, and educational concerts for children.
The New American Theater offers top quality professional theater with six productions during its September-June season. The Rockford Entertainment League is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing professional touring companies to Rockford’s Coronado Theater providing affordable professional theater to the area. Rock Valley College’s Starlight Theater is the longest continuously operating outdoor summer theater in the region. Starlight features an ensemble of community actors, musicians and technicians producing three major musicals every summer in the wooded quiet of Rock Valley College. The Metrocentre also provides a variety of concerts, sporting events and other special events throughout the year.