An Arts & Cultural Events Guide

A handy resource for some of the top-notch venues, performance groups and visual arts centers in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

Our Amazing Performing Arts Venues

The performing arts venues in our region are beyond impressive. With elaborate architecture and outstanding local performers, we’re lucky to have these entertainment havens so close to home.

Entertainment Options Grow in Downtown Rockford

RAVE is welcoming some of the best entertainment to Rockford, from big names to favorite local groups. Check out the lineup of plays, concerts, hockey games and more coming to the area.

Inside Our Excellent Arts Venues

We talk a lot these days about transforming our region into a better place to live, but it’s sometimes easy to forget how good we have it already. Just look at the incredible arts and entertainment assets that already exist.

Venerable Venues, Exceptional Entertainment

Another excellent season of fine music and entertainment is nearly upon us. Here’s a rundown on the best destinations our region has to offer, and the events coming soon.

NWQ Asks: What’s the State of Your Art?

ONLINE EXCLUSIVES: In this extended online story, meet four dynamic musicians who bring our region so much fine music. Discover what drives their passion for music, and how their work is exciting young people.

‘A Carnegie Hall in Every Town’

Our region is graced with many lovers of fine music, and there are ample opportunities to see live performances in classical and world music. Discover four such organizations.