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Full Episode: Rockford, Illinois | Main Streets


Rockford is the largest city in Illinois outside of the Chicago area. It was originally known as “Midway Village” because, for travelers, it was halfway between Chicago and Galena.

This city was known for industrial manufacturing in the last century but today it’s been retooled into a center for healthcare and aerospace technology.

00:00 Intro
01:32 Cheap Trick
03:55 Stockholm Inn
06:16 Japanese Garden
10:15 Mrs. Fisher’s
11:59 Art Deli
13:28 Rock Guardians
13:56 Midway Village Museum
15:48 Historic Auto Museum
18:28 YMCA Rowing
19:37 West Rock Wake
21:19 Frank Lloyd Wright House
23:00 Burpee Museum of National History
25:05 Ice Hogs Hockey Team
25:56 Tinker Swiss Cottage
26:15 Crust & Crumbles Bakery

Main Street is alive and well. It’s where the heart of the community beats the loudest.

It’s also where you will find five-time Emmy award-winning actor and host John McGivern. Enjoyed by a nationwide audience, John’s unique brand of storytelling is expanding across the Midwest.

Growing up in the Midwest in an Irish Catholic family, John’s own experiences and memories are relatable and remind us all of our shared Midwest heritage. Through lively interviews with local residents and civic leaders, John uncovers the uniqueness and charm of each community he visits.

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