Rochelle is a thriving Midwestern community offering 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. Fall continues to bring our Outdoor Market, the Annual 30 Men Who Cook event, Homecoming celebrations, and of course Hub Football.
A Classic Downtown Christmas is celebrated in December with a fully lit parade, carolers, hot chocolate and more. Once the snow falls, snowmobiling is a popular local pastime. Spring boasts plenty of indoor activity with the Vince Carney Community Theater’s Spring production, craft & vendor fairs, a community-wide Easter egg hunt and our Cinco de Mayo celebration.
Our newest attraction, Chicagoland Skydiving Center is bustling 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. Allen will star in the upcoming ABC television series The Family. Rochelle makes the perfect film location for large-scale movies. 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.