Introduction to Belvidere, Illinois
Belvidere, Illinois, in Boone county, is 12 miles E of Rockford, Illinois (center to center) and 67 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois. The city is conveniently located inside the Rockford metropolitan area. There are an estimated 20,820 people in Belvidere.
Belvidere was first settled by Mr. Whitney in 1835. He named the area "Elysian Fields". Later on, a Montreal lawyer, named Ebenezer Peck, renamed the area Belvidere. In fact, the area was named after Belvidere, Quebec. The post office was established on February 15, 1837, and the first railroad entered the city in 1851. The City of Belvidere was incorporated in 1852.
Belvidere and nearby Attractions
- Kinnikinnick Creek Conservation Area
- Spencer Park
- Magic Waters - Cherry Valle
- Forest City Queen at Riverview Park
- Anderson Japanese Gardens
- Rock River Discovery Park
Things To Do In Belvidere
Belvidere offers approximately 110 acres of parkland including Spencer Park, Belvidere Municipal Park, and Kinnikinnick Creek Conservation Area. The city also has two bowling alleys and two golf courses. You can enjoy biking at the Long Prairie Trail. You can also visit the Boone County Historical Museum and Midway Village and Museum Center of Rockford during your leisure hours. The White Pines Forest State Park, Lowden State Park, and Castle Rock State Park are also worth visiting.
You can reach Greater Rockford Airport within a few minutes.
Belvidere Higher Education
Higher educational facilities are provided by Rock Valley College, McHenry County College, Kishwaukee College, Waubonsee Community College, Northern Illinois University, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, and Elgin Community College.