Our Vision


We tell stories to provide more opportunities for connection, compassion, and new unexpected perspectives. These stories just so happen to be in Rockford, Illinois. It is important to tell these stories because to many, both here and elsewhere, Rockford is often portrayed through a single narrative of violence or economic tragedy, but to ignore our complexity robs people of dignity.



We typically speak about how our Midwestern city of 150,000 lives in a a post-industrial world, with a strong aerospace presence, but what we neglect to tell is the story of the people.  How we are a people of resolve, city of immigrants, who adapt to the ever changing world.  Our stories fill in the gap between the overall municipal picture and personal stories of the citizens who reside here.

Recent Episodes

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Breakfast Girl from Parks and Rec – Kelly Steward

An old school friend messaged her and said “Is this you?” on the show Parks and Recreation — It was. Kelly Steward found out she was the “pretty brunette” on Ron Swanson’s wall. Find out more about how this happened and what she’s been up to since.

If you enjoy these stories, please support their production on our Patreon page. Support us for as little as $1 per video. If many people help, it lightens the load. Thank you!

Produced by Pablo Korona

Music: Zach Staas Production Audio, Daniel Pingrey, and Jason Kaye

Extra photography:
Drone shots by FlyGuy Films
Chief Blackhawk Photography: Eric Meli

Thank you to Taco Betty’s for allowing us on their roof to film, and extra special thanks to Miles Nielsen.

Kelly’s music projects include:
Kelly Steward (her music page)
Weep & Willow (Kelly and Miles)