River District Association Blog

“The Downtown Winds are changing… It’s Time to Change Your Tack. “

    Since 1946, Bennie’s Cleaners has been a steady, thriving business in downtown Rockford. Bennie’s started out in the Faust Hotel, with a humble entrance cut out of a garage door. Patrons would enter through the cut out in the door and proceed upstairs to the 2nd floor to Bennie’s Cleaners. Starting out in […]

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Work Hard, Play Hard, Live Easy

Justin Fern, President and founder of Urban Equity Properties, is a local real estate developer with a large foot print in downtown Rockford. Fern, 31, born in Woodstock IL to a Jewish Father and a catholic mother says “My upbringing was interesting, very interesting especially around the holidays. My mother taught us to not be […]

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Stroll on State

A New Holiday Celebration in Downtown Rockford! "Merry and Bright: a downtown holiday" kicks off on November 30 with Stroll on State! Stroll on State is a spectacular holiday event to attend with your family and friends to get you in the holiday spirit. There are plenty of activities to do, decorations to see, and […]

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Eckburg Makes his Break Downtown

Scott Eckburg

Scott Eckburg likes a project. When he returned to Rockford with a degree in economics from Colorado State, the Boylan grad gravitated to the Downtown real estate. ”I was trying to make a break,” says Eckburg. “But I also wanted to live in a place that wasn’t just anytown USA with a bunch of chains […]

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City Council Meeting

Speaking on behalf of the River District as president, I would like you to know that our board of directors, membership and businesses love our downtown, remain passionate and believe in its bright and exciting future. Nevertheless we are discouraged by several issues. Tonight, largely due to Historic Tax Credits we anticipate an unprecedented private […]

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“As the downtown goes….so goes the community.”

Owner- Tom Littrell Tom Littrell Design and 317 Studios and Gallery 317 Market Street Rockford, IL Six years ago, Tom Littrell decided to consolidate his design studio and art studio at one location.  Being familiar with the building at 317 Market Street, he explored it as a possibility for his relocation.  At that time he […]

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