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  • Rockford Sidewalks Get Some Color in Dismal Weather

     
    POSTED June 13, 2017
     

Rockford residents and visitors now have reason to venture into the rain with the city’s latest public art installation. Rockford Rain Art is on display at 12 locations throughout the downtown, River and Midtown districts, where community-inspired images like the Rockford IceHogs mascot become visible when sidewalks are wet. First installed in September of 2016, the project has had substantial public success, and a second round of Rain Art is anticipated this summer.

“The inspiration came from the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Forest City Beautiful initiative, which aims to beautify and enhance the street-level experience for pedestrians in the downtown core,” says Josh Albrecht, director of marketing and public affairs for the Rockford Area CVB. “We want to create a sense of place for our visitors and residents, and projects like this do just that.” 

Portillo’s is bringing Chicago-style classics to Woodbury on July 11. Originating in 1963 in Villa Park, Illinois, it has since expanded to other states including Indiana, Florida, California, Wisconsin, and Arizona. Portillo’s is known for its high-quality, Chicago-style food, efficient service and vintage-restaurant décor. Some of the restaurant’s featured Chicago-style menu items include Italian Beef sandwiches, Chicagostyle hot dogs, burgers, salads and its famous chocolate cake, baked fresh in stores each morning.

 

A new trend is sweeping across the Chicago event industry, unifying the people that take part in producing live experiences with the places that host them. Established event production and catering companies have ventured into opening their own well-equipped spaces, designed for planners, by planners. We took a look at three trailblazers—Kehoe Designs, Paramount Events and The Revel Group—that are making events feel right at home.

The Geraghty from Kehoe Designs

 

With entrances in Estes Park and Grand Lake, ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK experienced its highest annual visitation ever in 2016 with 4,517,584 people entering the park (and countless animals of course!), representing an 8.7 percent increase over record visitation in 2015. All months in 2016 set visitation records except for December. The top 10 busiest days in 2016, in order from one to 10, were Sept. 24, July 3, Sept. 4, Sept. 17, July 24, July 10, July 17, Sept. 5, July 23 and July 30.