Regional Dining Guide
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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Executive Chef Joshua Roberts. (Tom Witom photo)

Goldmoor Inn Restaurant: Galena Treasure Keeps Its Eye on the Details

This upscale, fine dining restaurant serves both overnight guests and the general public. Take advantage of the stunning views while you dine and enjoy a classic dish that’s been a staple on the menu for nearly 30 years.

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Regional Dining Guide SMART LIVING WEEKLY
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Smart Living Weekly – January 15, 2020

  Why Retirees are Choosing Rockford Right in Our Region: It was fate that brought Helen and Ernie Redfern to Rockford, but it was Rockford’s amenities that caused them to…
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Smart Living Weekly – December 18, 2019

  The Buy Local Movement is Catching On! Right in Our Region: The “buy local” movement is growing. People want to live in places that have a strong local identity…
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Smart Living Weekly – December 11, 2019

  Want to Become a Citizen Scientist? You Can! Right in Our Region: Both average citizens and those with scientific expertise can help to make sure the planet is habitable…
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