FEATURES
10 Fantastic Fall Hikes

It’s the season to get lost in the mesmerizing gifts of nature, while reveling in the crisp and invigorating fall air. These 10 hikes are sure to reveal the best this season has to offer.

FEATURES
Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice

One of the most ubiquitous signs of the season is creeping into your consciousness. So, why not embrace the humble pumpkin and make it part of this season’s traditions, from home decor and family outings to the very elements of your dinner table?

FEATURES
Prohibition: The Noble Experiment That Failed

The 18th Amendment was a “noble experiment” to correct the ills of substance abuse, but as a law proved to be an ultimate failure. Jon McGinty takes a look at how Prohibition affected our region. Spoiler: there was definitely mayhem and murder.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Paramount School of the Arts: Bringing Broadway into the Classroom

Aurora’s Paramount Theatre and its Paramount School of the Arts now offer a wide array of classes for people of all ages.

REGIONAL DINING
815 ChopHouse: A Promising New Restaurant

The managers of this new Crystal Lake restaurant are hitting the ground running. Find out how this restaurant lives up to its ‘good drinks, good food and good service’ mantra.

HOME & GARDEN
Simple Steps to Creating a Bathroom Oasis

If your bathroom isn’t every bit the retreat you’d like it to be, there are some easy ways to transform it into a gorgeous, relaxing space.

HEALTH & FITNESS
Women’s Health: Pursuing the Best Possible Quality of Life

Learn how our region’s hospitals are helping women and their families achieve a better quality of life.

NORTHWEST WOMAN
Light Layers to Snap Out of Summer

It’s a season of stylish looks, on display in this latest fashion shoot (gallery included).

MIND & SPIRIT
NWQ Guide to Colleges 2019

It’s never an easy choice when seeking the perfect college — there are plenty of things to consider. Here are some of the top institutions available here in our region.

RECREATION & DESTINATIONS
8 Craft Drink Destinations

Our region is rich with prime crafters of beer, wine and spirits. We’ve found eight destinations serving up truly unique spirits, memorable wines and signature beers you can’t avoid visiting this season.

PERSONAL & FINANCE
What To Know Before You Move to a Senior Community

Before making this life-changing decision, it’s important to do your homework and learn what you can. Find out some of the topics loved ones and their caregivers commonly discuss with these communities.

NW BUSINESS MAGAZINE
Retail Secrets That Work

For all the technological strengths of your big-box and online foes, your small business possesses some good, old-fashioned strategic advantages that are keeping your peers atop the market. Meet four local businesses and see how they set themselves apart.