There are many places to shop in the area. Retail stores with ample parking and distinctive selections have coalesced around key transportation intersections, including State Street and Perryville Road, Broadway and Alpine Road, North Second Street and IL 173, Riverside Boulevard and State Street in downtown Rockford. Unique stores, big box stores and shopping centers are found throughout the region.
CherryVale Mall and The District At CherryVale is Rockford’s largest indoor shopping mall with more 130 stores, including Bergner’s, Macy’s, Sears and JCPenney department stores, and 16 eateries. The District at CherryVale houses Barnes & Noble, Coldwater Creek, Granite City Food & Brewery, Jos. A. Bank, Talbots and more.
Rockford’s historic downtown, the River District along State Street near the Rock River, features unique boutiques and retail stores and some of Rockford’s trendiest restaurants. It also is in walking distance of some of the city’s top entertainment destinations including the Coronado Theatre and the MetroCentre.
The Shops of Edgebrook and Highcrest Centre on Alpine Road feature an eclectic mix of stores and services including restaurants, clothing boutiques, furniture and gifts. Edgebrook plays host to a number of events throughout the year, including Farmers Markets and Music on the Mall in summer and fall.
MainStreet Machesney on North Second Street and Harlem Road is the village’s original “downtown” featuring independently owned shops and a beautiful streetscape with brick walkways and old-fashioned lantern lighting. Nearby, the Gateway District, along a five-mile corridor on IL 173, is a shopper’s paradise, with national big box retailers, smaller boutique stores, financial institutions and restaurants. Machesney Park Mall’s enclosed mall on North Second Street is anchored by Bergner’s, JC Penney Outlet Store and 7th Avenue Direct.