The Event Space

The Standard offers a unique and sophisticated rooftop experience for wedding receptions, vow renewal ceremonies, milestone birthdays, anniversaries, bridal/baby shower luncheons, and private parties accommodating up to 260 guests. Enjoy the private use of our historic venue which features a luxurious bridal suite, beautiful second-floor dining room, and a breathtaking conservatory & garden rooftop overlooking the magnificent architecture of historical downtown Rockford. Your guests will marvel at our elegant chandeliers, stately columns, and exquisite cuisine.

Corporate Events

Step out of the office and into The Standard for a refreshing change from the usual meeting sites. With space suitable for large seminars and small breakout groups, our one-of-a-kind private setting provides a stunning view of downtown Rockford and top of the line culinary options that will transform any corporate or social event into an unforgettable experience.

Executive Chef, Paul Sletten

Farm to Table Cuisine

Paul Sletten, Executive Chef

My first job in a restaurant was as a busboy when I was sixteen. I would get excited for the few moments each day I would spend in the kitchen bugging the chefs with questions, trying to help, and sometimes just watching. Then I would take what I had learned home and try it out on my mother. People say she must have been lucky to have a young chef at home, but my mom probably remembers it differently. While some meals were good, some were definitely not. No matter how good or bad, I always made a mess of the place (sorry mom).

However, in the end one thing is true: I love to cook and love to share it with others. Since then my career has been full of great people, experiences and of course food. My life is food focused and after my amazing family it is the most important thing in my life.

My career really began in 1996 when I began working with the late Philippe Forcioli at Café Patou. At Patou under Chef Philippe I learned most of my foundational skills along with a true love of the restaurant business. At the same time I was also enrolled in the Culinary Arts Program at Blackhawk Tech, small school but a great program with talented chefs. After 5 years at Café Patou and school done I began my new career as chef and business owner with Dinner Parties by Paul. This time in my career was very scary but exciting.

After 3 years of growing my small catering business in 2006 I opened my first restaurant Abreo (originally called Brio). Then in 2010 I opened my second restaurant Social. Both restaurants along with our catering and private events focus on great local ingredients, amazing guest experiences and innovation. I am extremely proud to join The Standard as Executive Chef. All events at The Standard will receive the same attention to quality local ingredients and exceptional guest experiences we provide in the restaurants.


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The Standard is located on the east side of the Rock River to the east of City Market Pavillion. Our main entrance is off the alley.


Yes, please feel free to call us at 815.540.2263 or contact us via email at


Yes! All levels of The Standard are accessible by elevator.


The Standard’s parking lot is located half a block north of the venue, behind the RAMP building. Additionally, the covered pavilion next to The Standard may be used on Fridays when there is no “City Market”, Saturdays, and Sundays.


214 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61104


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