The Village of Machesney Park is a growing, family friendly community of more than 23,000 residents on the north side of the Rockford region. The area is well known for its attractive residential setting along the Rock River. Situated in what is known as the Illinois Stateline region, the Village is well positioned for convenient access to Chicago, Madison and Milwaukee, via the I-90, I-39, IL Route 173, and IL Route 2, all of which meet in Machesney Park. Machesney Park is known for its friendly expanding business community, reputable schools, access to recreation (including Rock Cut State Park), and access to regional transportation with a newly constructed interchange at I-39/90 and expansion of IL Route 173 to four lanes. While the Machesney Park area is rooted in history, the Village is relatively young only having incorporated into a Village in 1981. Its neighborhoods range from modest post WWII era housing, to newly constructed waterfront homes with boat access to the Rock River. The Village has experienced great success with a newly developed commercial corridor along IL-173 & IL-251, which includes several big box retailers, as well as smaller retailers and various local businesses.
Machesney Park has two primary commercial areas located along IL-251 and IL-173. These areas have seen a substantial amount of commercial development and redevelopment in recent years. These commercial areas are intended primarily for retail, but also include restaurant and office uses. Development of commercial uses along the eastern end of Machesney Park’s IL-173, towards the I-90 interchange, should only continue as growth and development of other uses continue to work their way east down IL-173. The I-90 interchange provides excellent access to a regional transportation network and visibility to thousands of vehicles travelling along I-90 and IL Route 173. Given this favorable location in the Village and region, this area is well suited for several different types of land uses, including both industrial (i.e. business parks, logistics/distribution, and warehousing) and commercial (i.e. hotels, restaurants, and retail). Machesney Park is one of the hottest areas in the Rockford Region for business and industrial development as it has been occurring at a substantial rate over the last 10 years. With affordability of the community, low taxes, easy access to the interstate highways, and a steady population growth, Machesney Park will remain a competitor in the stateline region for new business and industry for many years to come.