We're bringing home the bacon for a great cause and great food!
Join us at Prairie Street Brewhouse for the fifth annual Rockford Bacon Fest on Thursday, November 3rd. Rockford Bacon Fest celebrates the wonders of bacon with an evening of bacon-themed dishes and drinks from Rockford's top restaurants and bars with proceeds benefiting The Element.

The Element: What we’re about
The Element is a unique network of committed individuals working to help power the growth of Rockford's downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods. Our goal is to generate an up-to-date urban lifestyle at our residents' doorsteps and to increase public awareness that this lifestyle is available to them. Preferred by young professionals and artists of all ages, the urban lifestyle includes a large dose of culture, music, entertainment, visual arts, recreation, and opportunities for learning. This lifestyle and its building blocks are crucial in recruiting and retaining talent in today's competitive world marketplace. Study after study commissioned by Rockford's leadership has told Rockford that we must build this type of environment in order to be successful at recruiting and retaining the employers and employees of today and tomorrow's economy. The Element feels strongly that a vibrant urban lifestyle and downtown are critical components of all successful cities. A diverse urban lifestyle should be a central piece in Rockford's movement toward becoming a world-class place to live, work, play and learn. The Element is committed to continuing, creating, and supporting the elements of this urban lifestyle; now, more than ever, we are committed to promoting and marketing all the events and developments in downtown Rockford.

Some of The Element's current efforts are:
• First Fridays
• The Element Film Series
• The Element Singer/Songwriter Series
• Downtown Implementations Planning
• Marketing special events with downtown establishments