Celebrate Illinois!

Celebrate Illinois!

If you are looking to brush up on your Illinois history, there are plenty of places to visit that can help you do just that. Celebrate the state’s 200th birthday with a stop at these must-visit destinations.
Buried in history

Buried in history

A lot of folks choose the fall season to embrace the spookier side of life in northern Illinois. The combination of the Halloween holiday, the chill in the night air, and the early evening sunsets provide ample backdrop for the macabre, and no where …
Fun on the farm

Fun on the farm

Nothing says fall like a trip to the farm. And there’s no better place for outdoor family fun, with a side of cider, of course!
Day Trippin'

Day Trippin'

If the dog days of summer had you climbing the walls, embrace the cooling temps and changing colors with a gorgeous drive, or hop on the bike and take off for the country!
Gardens of Rockford

Gardens of Rockford

Rockford is home to more than 7,000 acres of park land and natural areas, earning it a reputation as the “City of Gardens.” The area boasts an abundant array of public and private gardens, each unique in its own unique style. From sprawling fields of…
Rediscover date night

Rediscover date night

From painters and potters to chefs and shop owners, every town has so much local talent to offer. Rather than let that fall by the wayside, First Fridays and Second Saturdays have been popping up in downtowns across Illinois with the hope of highligh…
The write stuff

The write stuff

Once declared the “literary capital of the United States” and the “journalistic Yellowstone Park,” by reporter H.L. Mencken and screenwriter Ben Hecht, respectively, Chicago attracts writers, readers and purveyors of the written word, who visit the W…
Bargain Hunters

Bargain Hunters

Whether you want new merchandise or vintage, flea markets in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin offer deals, most year-round.
Hit List

Hit List

1. Ramble through the river towns for great local art The Fox River Valley from Aurora to Elgin is …
Shoreline Living

Shoreline Living

Living in a waterfront community doesn’t have to be just for summer retreats, and if you’ve longed to be near the water year-round, you don’t have to travel far! There are plenty of beautiful locations in northern Illinois where you and your family c…
Shop ‘til you drop!

Shop ‘til you drop!

From taking photos with Santa Claus to humming along with the holiday tunes playing over the sound system, there’s no simpler place to get your holiday shopping done than at local malls and outlets.
If walls could talk

If walls could talk

One of the more popular trends in home décor and interior design in recent years is a fusion of old and new – reclaimed wood.