Introduction to Rochelle, Illinois
Rochelle, Illinois, in Ogle county, is 24 miles S of Rockford, Illinois (center to center) and 73 miles W of Chicago, Illinois. Part of the surrounding Rockford metro area, Rochelle is home to some 9,424 residents.
Rochelle is the largest city of Ogle County, which was founded in 1836. The county, which was created from Jo Daviess and LaSalle Counties, was named after Captain Joseph Ogle, a Revolutionary War veteran. The transcontinental railroads first arrived in the area now known as Rochelle in the late 1850s. Rochelle is also known as Hub City, and is the birthplace of Joan Allen, the three - time Academy Award nominee.
Rochelle and nearby Attractions
- Caron Ridge Shopping Center
- Flagg Township Museum
- Rochelle Railroad Park
- Franklin Creek State Park
- John Deere Historic Site
- Ellwood House Museum and Park
Things To Do In Rochelle
While in Rochelle one can enjoy shopping at the Caron Ridge Shopping Center as well as the Rochelle Commons Shopping Center. The Rochelle Country Club provides excellent facilities for golf enthusiasts. The Connolly Park, Kelley Park, Drexler Park, Sweeney Park, Cooper Park, New Lake Park, and Marina Park are some of the local parks. History buffs can visit the Flagg Township Museum and the Ellwood House Museum and Park. The city hosts the Railroad Days every year in June.
Greater Rockford Airport less than half an hour's drive away.
Rochelle Higher Education
Kishwaukee College, Rock Valley College, and Northern Illinois University are the centers of higher education.