Located about 90 miles northwest of Chicago and 20 miles south of the Wisconsin border, Rockford, Illinois, is divided by the scenic Rock River. While the region's economy has struggled in recent years, Rockford has benefited from Chrysler's decision to produce the redesigned Dodge Dart at the Belvidere Assembly Plant. The sleek new Dodge Dart started rolling off the assembly line in May 2012. Despite the city's deep roots in manufacturing, Rockford was nicknamed the Forest City for its abundance of beautiful trees.

During summer, the most popular things to do in Rockford involve the great outdoors. For a sampling of the city's natural beauty, plus exotic plants from all over the world, head…

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