Rockford, IL

Serving the Greater Chicago Area

Chicago Illinois, otherwise known as The Windy City, offers an endless array of downtown attractions, modern art, fine dining, cutting-edge comedy, and major league sports events. Snap a photo of your reflection in the silver Cloud Gate sculpture at Millennium Park before heading to Grant Park to enjoy Buckingham Fountain. There are dozens of museums and theater companies in Chicago, so a cultural experience is never hard to find. You're sure to laugh your head off at the Second City Theater, the professional launch pad of many famous comedians.

Elite Airways flies in and out of the Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD), which is a little over an hour northwest of downtown Chicago. Rockford itself is known for various venues of cultural or historical significance, including Anderson Japanese Gardens, Klehm Arboretum, Tinker Swiss Cottage, the BMO Harris Bank Center, the Coronado Theatre, the Laurent House, and the Burpee Museum of Natural History.

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From Rockford, Elite Airways offers non-stop flights to Fort Collins on Mondays and Fridays. Flights depart Rockford at 8:00 a.m. arriving at Fort Collins at 9:00 a.m. Flights from Fort Collins depart at 4:00 p.m., arriving at Rockford at 7:00 p.m. (with time change). Click here to check flight availability.

Airport Information

Chicago Rockford International Airport is located at Two Airport Circle in Rockford, Illinois and is just a little over an hour drive to downtown Chicago. The ticket counter is located in the main terminal. Ticket counter is located in the main terminal. Flights board at Gate 1. Click here for airport website.

The Windy City

Chicago is a treasured city, and is home to world class attractions, top 100 restaurants, the tallest building in the US, major league sports teams, and one of the best symphony orchestras in the world. From shopaholics to live music enthusiasts, Chicago has something for everyone. Click here for more information.


Sports and Recreation

Sports and Recreation

It was no surprise that Chicago was named the "Best Sports City" by Sporting News. There, you'll find passionate fans, star players, and a recent Stanley Cup victory to top it all off. And, if you want to get active too, there are many great places to golf, pick up bicycles, play volleyball by the lake, rent jet skis, and much more.

As one of only a few US cities with two MLB teams, Chicago's baseball diehards divide their loyalties between the Chicago Cubs on the North Side and the White Sox on the South Side. For fans, baseball is more than just entertainment - it's a way of life. Sitting under the sun at Wrigley Field and taking in a day game is a tradition in itself, while night games bring an energy all their own. With a regular season that kicks off in the spring and continues through September, you have plenty of chances to cheer on the home team.


Attractions and Tours

Attractions and Tours

Chicago boasts attractions around virtually every corner, from high-flying observatories to Millennium Park where art and music mix with plenty of room to play-there's no shortage of fun for all ages. Explore the Navy Pier and discover thrilling rides, activities, dining, shopping, museums, and cityscape views that make it the top destination in the Midwest. Or, take an architectural boat cruise through downtown waterways and gain a true sense of the different architectural styles and principles that comprise the city's skyline, past and present.

Not sure what to see first? Take a tour! Knowledgeable and entertaining guides will show you the sights known around the globe or to the unique architecture, food, and other places that tap into your special passions.


Arts and Culture

Arts and Culture

Chicago's museums are so rich and robust that you can explore everything from culture, history, and art to planet Earth, the military, and even surgical science. Three world-renowned museums call Chicago home: The Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum, The Field Museum, and The Shedd Aquarium. The city's theater scene is just as strong. Catch anything from a world-premiere production bound for Broadway to an edgy drama that will leave you breathless. Or enjoy some live music and watch your favorite artist make the stage come alive. Chicago is also the birthplace of improv comedy, so of course, a comedy club must be on your to-do list.

For art lovers, the Art Institute of Chicago offers masterpieces from ancient to ultra-modern, and our cultural institutions cover everything from famous historical events to contemporary issues. Chicago celebrates African American heritage, Jewish tradition, Mexican art, Lithuanian culture, and even boasts a museum dedicated to surgical science.


Rockford as a Destination

Rockford as a Destination

Rockford, Illinois is also a destination in and of itself. Enjoy a family trip to the one of the nation's largest water parks, Magic Waters, or join in high-speed NASCAR fun at the Rockford Speedway. You can also check out Jane, a 65 million year-old T. Rex at the Burpee Museum of Natural History.

Is antiquing your thing? Then you will love Rockford's 30+ antique shops, two major antique malls, and more than a dozen weekend shows and flea markets. If that isn't enough retail therapy, then head over to Shop Downtown and explore their collection of local shops and boutiques. When it's time to take a break and refuel, Rockford offers a wide variety of locally-owned restaurants and breweries to grab a bite.

Whether Rockford is your destination, or a stop on the way to Chicago, you can always find something to do!