Regional Dining Guide
Carl Murphy will oversee Capital House, a new high-end urban coffee house and bistro in downtown Rockford.

Capital House: Bringing a Big-City Feel to Rockford


One owner is from New York and the other is from Boston. Discover what brought two people to the Midwest in pursuit of a destination that’s about to become the talk of downtown Rockford.

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Al Castrogiovanni doesn’t have a lot of time to play golf, but at least he can soak up lovely views of the greens at Aldeen Golf Club, the home of Graystone Grill.

Graystone Grill: A Perfect Summertime Dining Destination

Graystone Grill is a perfect place to visit before or after a round of golf. Find out what makes this place the perfect summer destination.






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Hearthrock Cafe Chef Todd Cooper wants to follow the farm-to-table trend as much as possible.

Hearthrock Cafe: A New Chef Brings New Enthusiasm

Todd Cooper, Hearthrock Café’s new head chef, is part of some big changes at the establishment. Learn about the new and exciting updates and find out why longtime fans of Hearthrock shouldn’t worry about a thing.






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Vito Olszewski, head chef and owner of Vito’s Ristorante, in Roscoe, Ill., works alongside his son, Adam, and several other family members.

Vito’s Ristorante: A Familiar Name in a New Location

It’s a family affair at this new destination in Roscoe, Ill. Meet the familiar faces behind this operation, and discover why it’s thriving in its new setting.






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The newly remodeled bar at Abreo is just one of four dining areas in the restaurant. Guests also enjoy the private dining room, a wine cellar, and the outdoor patio.

Abreo: A Downtown Trailblazer, by Coincidence

Chef Paul Sletten likes to keep things simple, even as his popular businesses keep on growing. Meet this passionate chef and find out how his eateries continue to blaze new trails.






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Regional Dining Guide NEWS & EVENTS
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Smart Living Weekly – June 28, 2017

  Byronfest: Big Fun in a Small Town Right in Our Region: Showcasing a small town in a big way is what ByronFest is all about. The annual music festival…
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Smart Living Weekly – June 21, 2017

  53rd Dixon Petunia Festival June 30 – July 4 Right in Our Region: The 5-day, 53rd annual Petunia Festival, an event Dixon residents look forward to all year, will…
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Smart Living Weekly – June 14, 2017

  Belvidere Heritage Days Bring Community Fun Right in Our Region: For more than 45 years, Belvidere has celebrated its unique history and diversity on the weekend before the Fourth…
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