Nicknamed the Forest City, Rockford was established in 1835, strategically positioned between Chicago and Galena, making it prime for industrial development. The past decade has seen incredible economic diversification into automotive, aerospace, and healthcare industries, as well as the undertaking of various tourism and downtown revitalization efforts. Rockford has always led the nation in progressive transformations. During the 1940s, the Rockford Peaches became one of the first all-female baseball teams in the world. “Rock” on!