Sinnissippi Music Shell

Dedicated in 1950, the Music Shell in Sinnissippi Park is an acoustic amphitheater that can accommodate as many as 700 on benches, and up to 3,000 on the terraces and lawn. A favorite spot of many local congregations and arts organizations, the Music Shell hosts a wide variety of events throughout the season. For information on renting the Music Shell, please call 815.987.1697.

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Sinnissippi Park | 1401 N. Second St. | Rockford, IL 61107 | Directions

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The construction of the Music Shell was first promoted by the Rockford Civic Symphony Orchestra, which sponsored a two-day music festival in August 1948 to launch the project. The Lions Club coordinated many donations made to the project by local organizations, and underwrote additional construction costs of $4,000–$6,000.

The Music Shell was designed by A. Reyner Eastman, who contributed the plans and his time to supervise the construction. Eastman is also responsible for a number of other area landmarks, including the Mendelssohn Club, the YMCA Log Lodge, Henrietta and Westview schools, Spring Creek Congregational Church, and Rockford Clinic. He also was the designer of a bridge spanning the Rock River at Black Hawk Park, the first modern-type bridge in the state of Illinois.

The Music Shell was officially presented to the City of Rockford and the Rockford Park District on June 4, 1950 by Dawn A. Smith, president of the Rockford Noon Lions Club, "for the enjoyment and satisfaction of music lovers in Rockford and vicinity."


The Music Shell is best known as the home of the Music in the Park Summer Concert Series, since 1970. Also, every summer children young and old have enjoyed the summer matinee series Imagination Station since the early 90's.

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The Music Shell may also be rented. Reservations may be made up to one year prior to the date of the event. To reserve the music shell and obtain a rental permit, please contact Community and Recreation Services at 815.987.1697 or click the link below.

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Programming Support

The Sinnissippi Music Shell would appreciate your generous donation to help us keep the free programming running each summer. 

Rockford Park District Remembers Pat Hayes

Pat Hayes MemorialPat Hayes Parks passed away November 24, 2008. Pat was employed by the Park District for more than 21 years. She is best remembered for coordinating the Music in the Park summer concert series and the Imagination Station performance series. She also organized the annual community holiday concerts by the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America.

To honor and memorialize Pat's passion for, and immeasurable contributions to the programs at the Sinnissippi Music Shell, her family chose to establish a permanent fund to provide ongoing financial support for programs at the Music Shell. When considering the options of how to spend memorial gifts given following Pat's passing, her family felt that Pat would have wanted these funds to be used for the greatest long-term impact on the Music Shell and its programs.

If you appreciate the wonderful and unique entertainment experience provided at the Sinnissippi Music Shell and the many years Pat devoted to it, please consider making a contribution to the Pat Hayes Parks Memorial fund. You may simply mail a contribution to the Rockford Park District Foundation at 401 S. Main St. – Rockford, IL, 61101.

Thank you on behalf of Pat's family and the staff of the Rockford Park District.



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