Over the course of the last year Rockford saw the doors permanently close to a handful of local favorites; we don't ever want to see our favorite business close, but you know what they say, "out with the old and in the with the new."

With new businesses coming to Rockford comes the opportunity to experience new things, get out of our comfort zone and establish new favorite gyms, restaurants and stores.

This year, the Forest City welcomed these new businesses, tell us which one's you've tried and which ones did we miss?

Keep up to date with all of the new businesses coming to and leaving Rockford with Rockford Register Star's "Comings and Goings" blog here.