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 – August 16, 2017

  South Beloit Goes Big for Its Centennial Right in Our Region: Residents of South Beloit, Ill., are in the process of planning a celebration that’s 100 years in the…
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Smart Living Weekly – August 9, 2017

  96th Winnebago County Fair Starts Aug. 16. Right in Our Region: The Winnebago County Fair has been a celebration of rural living, and all the good things it produces…
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Smart Living Weekly – August 2, 2017

  Mendota to Cook 50 Tons of Sweet Corn Right in Our Region: Record-breaking turnout is expected for this year’s 70th Annual Mendota Sweet Corn Festival on Aug. 10-13, which…
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