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Alderman Announces New 14th Ward Free Event Series

A Forward for Fun Initiative


ROCKFORD, Ill. – Today, Alderman Mark Bonne and Lino’s owner Charlie Schweinler announced a new, free event series – Four Fridays in the 14th Ward. Scheduled for July 29, August 12, August 26 and September 9, the series will include live music and outdoor movies, as well as delicious food and drinks, from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. each night at Lino’s. All sales will benefit a specific local nonprofit.


July 29

Theme: Rockford Peaches Night

Music: Miles Nielsen and Kelly Steward

Movie: A League of Their Own

Supporting: International Women’s Baseball Center


August 12

Theme: Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Night

Music: Silver Linings Rockford

Movie: Finding Nemo

Supporting: Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful


August 26

Theme: NIU Alumni/Rockford Promise Night

Music: NIU Jazztet

Movie: The Graduate

Supporting: Rockford Promise and NIU Rockford Alumni Club


September 9

Theme: Friends of the Coronado Night

Music: The Vince Chiarelli Band

Movie: The Majestic

Supporting: Friends of the Coronado


“This is a fun, summer event for all ages to come together and celebrate our community. Nonprofits are essential in building healthy communities, and we would love the opportunity to shine a light on local nonprofits and their vital impact on our beloved community,” says Charlie. “At the same time, this event is another way for us to shine a light on our 50th anniversary as a Rockford dining institution and business anchor in the 14th Ward while also promoting the addition of outdoor patio dining and Gelato Joe’s.”


“I’m so proud to have worked with Charlie Schweinler and Korissa Steger at Lino’s to offer this four-part Forward for Fun initiative in the 14th Ward. Forward for Fun, approved by the City Council in February, awards funds to each ward for events that bring people back together and support local businesses in the aftermath of the pandemic,” says Alderman Bonne. “Four Fridays in the 14th Ward also supports local nonprofits. I hope we get a large turnout for each of our four events!”


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