Illinois' second largest city takes a back seat to none when it comes to the arts.
Just a two hour drive from Chicago, Rockford has kept its thriving arts scene alive. It's due in part to the work of independent
and creative artists who aren't daunted by the presence of such a cultural heavyweight nearby.
And during two annual festivals called ArtScene, the city's artists have a chance to shine. Organized in conjunction with
the Rockford Area Arts Council, the festivals highlight the work of Rockford's creative community. Their stunning projects
are shown in galleries as well as those places one wouldn't always expect to see art.
After taking in art at some of Rockford's finest galleries, head out for some local music from David Stocker and local band,