Regional Dining Guide
Nikko Castrogiovanni created or inspired every item on the menu at Baci’s Kitchen, in Rockford. His father influenced both his passion for the culinary arts and his drive to satisfy customers.

Restaurant Profile: Creative Cuisine at Baci’s Kitchen


A relative newcomer on Rockford’s dining scene, this cozy and contemporary spot is gaining attention for its inspired cuisine and its owner’s deep attention to detail.

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Gene Hayenga opened Gene’s Irish Pub in Rockford on Sept. 10, 2019. The 21-and-over pub features American and Irish dishes and an extensive alcohol selection. (Samantha Behling photo)

A New Irish Pub in Rockford’s Midtown District

Discover this 21-and-over pub featuring American and Irish dishes and an extensive alcohol selection.

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Beer drinkers have been enjoying craft creations at Generations Brewing Company, in Freeport, since 2014. The brewery celebrates its fifth anniversary this year. (Generations Brewing Company photo)

Generations Brewing Company: A Freeport Brewery Built From the Ground Up

This Freeport brewery has been serving up craft beer since 2014. Learn how the brewery got off the ground and find out what makes the beer so unique.

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More taco selections are coming to Mary’s Market. New additions include honey chipotle chicken, blackened shrimp and State Street steak tacos. (Mary’s Market photos)

Mary’s Market Expands to Fourth Location

The longtime Rockford favorite is growing this year, as it opens a new location and expands upon its cafe-style menu. That’s not all that has locals excited.

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Legacy, at Giovanni’s in Rockford, has the look and feel of a restaurant found in a big city, and it’s the sort of place founder/chef Al Castrogiovanni believes Rockford deserves. (GrahamSpencer photos)

Legacy: The Fine Dining Experience ‘Rockford Deserves’

This intimate and upbeat steakhouse looks like a modern, upscale fixture you’re more likely to see in a larger city, like Chicago or New York. Step inside this trendy new hangout and find out what else sets it apart from the local scene.

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Regional Dining Guide SMART LIVING WEEKLY
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Smart Living Weekly – March 18, 2020

  ‘Reach for the Stars’ in 18th Year of Success Right in Our Region: When the historic Coronado Performing Arts Center re-opened in 2001 following an $18.5 million restoration made…
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Smart Living Weekly – March 11, 2020

  Feast Your Eyes on St. Joseph’s Altar Right in Our Region: Everyone has the opportunity to indulge in cookies, cakes, pastries and more at St. Bridget Catholic Church on…
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Smart Living Weekly – March 4, 2020

  The Studio Rockford Presents ‘The Music Man’ Right in Our Region: Some musicals hold up really well over time and “The Music Man” is one of them. If you…
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