Located an hour outside Chicago and Milwaukee, Rockford, IL sits on the banks of the scenic Rock River and offers the convenience, affordability and accessibility that many large cities cannot. We never have traffic, and our hotels and service staff are always ready to give groups a warm welcome. If visitors are meeting from Minneapolis, St. Louis, Madison, Des Moines or Indianapolis, Rockford is their central hub. Not only is Rockford easy to get to by car for many Midwestern cities, but it is also an hour drive from O’Hare and Milwaukee’s General Mitchell Airport making it convenient for guests flying in from longer distances. Many of our city’s top meeting spaces are newly renovated unique historic buildings that are modern but also accentuate their historic features.
Many of Rockford’s venues retain historic features
The Embassy Suites by Hilton Rockford Riverfront protrudes from the riverbank in a walkable downtown with scenic views that stretch for miles over the city, then slowly transition into gentle rolling Midwestern hills. This state-of-the-art newly opened hotel is a renovated factory that speaks to and honors the Rockford region’s industrial past while also looking toward our future. Offering 160 unique and spacious two-room suites, 20,000 square feet of conference meeting space and two restaurants, the Embassy Suites by Hilton Rockford Riverfront is ready to welcome visitors to the Rockford region.
The Embassy Suites by Hilton Rockford Riverfront
When it comes to event spaces, Prairie Street Brewing Company’s historic mid-19th Century building and its time-honored character take center stage. The building features a variety of beautiful event spaces. The Barrel Room, at nearly 6,000 square feet, can accommodate up to 300 people at round tables or 600 when chairs are arranged auditorium-style. The nearby Malt Room consists of 1,500 square feet of character-filled, flexible event space featuring heavy timbered posts and beams. The Bottle House features a beautiful river view and at 2,600 square feet it features a pleasantly high ceiling for an airy feel. There are three other flexible indoor rooms available for conference and meeting needs. However, what sets Prairie Street Brewing Company over the top is the iconic riverside Dock itself which can seat up to 300 guests in auditorium-style splendor and boasts an expansive view of the Rock River and downtown Rockford’s skyline.
Prairie Street Brewing Company
Finally, following the historic building revitalization trend, the Rockford City Market located downtown is perfect for those looking to have their meeting or event in one of Rockford’s oldest buildings. Their two levels of event space combine for 6,900 square feet and offer the flexibility to customize setups without compromising vision.
Rockford’s conveniently accessible, newly renovated historic buildings are ready to host groups and conferences from across the Midwest and country. Visit GoRockford.com for more information or call the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-800-521-0849 for assistance on how to bring your next meeting to the Rockford region.