Rochelle offers an experience for all tastes – from relaxation to exhilaration – with that hometown feel.
Rochelle is bustling with activity in the summer months with a monthly Outdoor Market, Concerts & Movies in the parks, golf, swimming, hiking and more. The beauty of fall brings Wine on Lincoln and Hay Day. A Classic Downtown Christmas is celebrated in December with a fully lit parade and bustling Downtown. Spring boasts the Vince Carney Community Theater’s Spring production, our annual Irish Hooley, a community-wide Easter egg hunt, and our Cinco de Mayo celebration.
Our newest Downtown addition, Kennay Farms Distilling offers a bit of history along with tastes of the country with craft beer and spirits and the educational tour experience. Chicagoland Skydiving Center is jumping with activity year-round from skydiving spring thru fall and the addition of the Flight Deck Bar and Grill, open year-round. Located on either side of the BNSF and Union Pacific Railroad tracks, Rochelle’s Railroad Park is a sight to see for railfans. The park features a gift/coffee shop and a gazebo for train-spotting. Take a stroll through our historic downtown and visit the 1918 Standard Oil Filling Station and the Flagg Township Historical Museum.
Rochelle is the childhood home of actress Joan Allen. Ms. Allen attended Rochelle Township High School as a teen where she was nominated "Most Likely to Succeed." As a three-time Oscar nominee and Tony award winner, she has done just that. Rochelle makes the perfect film location for large-scale movie production. A Thousand Acres, starring Michelle Pfeiffer was filmed throughout the Downtown and in the country surrounding the community. More recently the movie At Any Price was filmed Downtown Rochelle featuring the iconic Hub Theater as a backdrop. The movie starred Zac Efron and Dennis Quaid.