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Location and Transportation

Located in Winnebago County, in northern Illinois, Rockford is bounded by four rivers—the beautiful Rock River, which bisects the city, and its major tributaries: the Kishwaukee, Pecatonica and Sugar.

At the intersection of three major highways, I-90, U.S.-20 and I-39, Rockford serves as the gateway to the recreational treasures of southern Wisconsin, northwestern Illinois and the urban riches of Chicago, Milwaukee and Madison. More than 30 percent of the U.S population lives within 500 miles of its borders.

The city is well served with an award-winning international grade airport. Located just 85 miles northwest of Chicago, the Chicago Rockford International Airport is the airport of choice for many passengers planning trips to destinations like Las Vegas, Orlando/Sanford, Tampa Bay/St. Pete, the Fort Meyers Area, Myrtle Beach, Phoenix/Mesa and Cancun. It offers free parking, curbside express lanes for passengers and baggage, and non-stop jet service.

By ground, the Rockford Mass Transit District provides fixed-route and paratransit service to Rockford, Loves Park and Machesney Park. The 39 fixed-route buses operate more than 17 routes, Mondays through Saturdays, six night routes and five routes on Sundays. Paratransit service is curb-to-curb for persons with disabilities. In 2008, bike lanes were added to many city streets and bike racks to the fixed-route buses.

Van Galder Bus/A Coach USA Company provides frequent, daily line-run service in a modern fleet of motorcoaches to Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway airports, and to the Amtrak station in downtown Chicago. The company has served southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois for more than 60 years. The charter department provides motorcoach service for any size group or function.

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