FEATURES
Buy-Local Shopping Guide 2016

If your idea of Christmas shopping is scouring the shopping strip, you’re missing out. A diverse collection of unique finds awaits at our region’s locally owned businesses. We show you the region’s best stops.






FEATURES
4 Popular Must-See Holiday Festivals

The holiday season is a special time of year to make memories with the people we hold dear. We take a look at four quintessential holiday events that are sure to spark your family’s holiday spirit.






FEATURES
Woodstock is Worth a Visit

The charming Woodstock Square is a reminder of the town’s heritage and a centerpiece of its cultural scene. Meet some enterprising leaders who are spreading the word about their hometown’s greatest assets.






ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Barrington Children’s Choir Celebrates 30 Joyful Years

This magical musical outlet is celebrating 30 years of extraordinary accomplishments. Commemorate the happy years and discover who’s continuing the choir’s legacy.






REGIONAL DINING
Nat’s on Maple: Sycamore Favorite Enjoys Taste of Success

With its evolving menu, comfort food has remained the staple of this cozy Sycamore restaurant for more than a decade.






HOME & GARDEN
Brighten Your Dwelling with Holiday Decor

Holiday decorations can add beauty to your home and joy to your spirit. Pick up some tips from professional decorators in our region on how you can brighten the inside and outside of your dwelling.






HEALTH & FITNESS
Getting to the Heart of Cardiac Health

Heart disease is still prevalent in our society, but fortunately there are many notable advancements in medicine, nutrition and surgical procedures. Learn how patients are receiving better treatment.






NORTHWEST WOMAN
Meet Top Wedding Vendors at the Galena Bridal Fair

Dozens of wedding vendors will be at the Galena Bridal Fair on Feb. 18. Get a sneak peak of what the fun-filled event has in store.






MIND & SPIRIT
Discover More Than Books at Gail Borden Public Library

Much more than your traditional library, this Elgin institution is investing in learning activities, programs and exhibits for kids and adults.






RECREATION & DESTINATIONS
Start Training for this Year’s Abominable Snow Race

After a successful launch last year, the Abominable Snow Race returns, drawing competitors to a new venue with bigger, more challenging obstacles.






PERSONAL & FINANCE
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
Join the Family at Private Clubs

Some come for the golf, while others come for the camaraderie. All walk away with a larger network and lasting connections.