FEATURES
There's something alluring about the waters of Bangs Lake, in Wauconda.
Wauconda, on a Lake Like No Other

Since it was settled more than a century ago, the shore of Bangs Lake has lured Chicagoans looking for a summer escape. Wauconda has changed plenty, but one things remains constant: the allure of the lakefront.






FEATURES
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Reviving the Chautauqua in McHenry County

In the days before television, radio and internet, McHenry County residents learned about current events and national trends during the annual Chautauqua. Discover why the Chautauqua at one time was the celebration of the summer.






FEATURES
Choose from among several cabins and campground sites at White Pines State Park.
7 Scenic Camping Retreats

‘Roughing it’ in the woods typically means spending a night on the hard ground – but it doesn’t have to, anymore. Explore these seven unique places where you can reconnect with the land, according to your style.






ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
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An Expanding Lineup at Raue Center

In addition to an ever-growing lineup of top-notch entertainment, the Raue Center for the Arts engages its Crystal Lake neighbors through employment, volunteerism and economic strength.






REGIONAL DINING
Peanut Butter Graham, Ethereal Chocolates, Woodstock
Sweet Treats to Excite Your Senses

Satisfy your sweet tooth this season with a trip to the local confectioner. We explore six must-see stops and some of their signature treats.






HOME & GARDEN
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Hot-Ticket Items for Your New Abode

If you want it, homebuilders can create it. Find out the many ways in which designers can add pizazz to your abode, and learn what add-ons are gaining popular among buyers.






HEALTH & FITNESS
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A Closer Look at Treatment for Mental Illness

Mental illness is curable and treatment goes beyond medication. Discover some of the latest breakthroughs in treatment and how they promise new, effective treatments for mental and behavioral illnesses.






NORTHWEST WOMAN
Goldmoor Inn, Galena (Fallon’s Portraits photos)
Dream Destinations for Your Big Day

We’ve looked high and low for some of this area’s most spectacular wedding destinations. Discover some of our favorites, and discover exclusive content from the stories of couples who recently said “I do.”






MIND & SPIRIT
This fully renovated home in Elgin’s Historic District is one of many lovingly restored properties that will be open for this year’s house tour.
Parade Through the Past at Elgin House Tour

Get an inside glimpse into one of Elgin’s oldest neighborhoods and its cozy residences, many of which have been lovingly restored over the past few decades.






RECREATION & DESTINATIONS
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4 Idyllic Lake Retreats to Explore This Summer

You don’t need to travel far to have a fun summer vacation. These four destinations known for their watery attractions are just a day trip away.






PERSONAL & FINANCE
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Protect Your Greatest Asset: Your Identity

Identity thieves are hitting more than your credit score. So, how do you protect yourself in the Information Age? Brian Conroy, of Savant Capital Management, offers a few tips for outsmarting thieves.






NW BUSINESS MAGAZINE
Homes in the Highland Woods Subdivision in far west Elgin are part of the growth trend in northern Kane County.
Building’s Abuzz on Chicago’s Western Frontier

Real estate market growth is returning to many corners of the region, but it’s especially strong in Elgin, where new homes and commercial properties are rising at one of the fastest rates in Illinois.