FEATURES
Pie Stories: A Taste of Grandmother’s House

Few things light up our holiday memories quite as strongly as a beautiful banquet, and for many an area baker holiday thoughts are filled with the sweet taste of Grandmother’s pie. Four talented bakers muse about the power of this humble pastry.

FEATURES
Holiday Shopping: 20 Gift Ideas You Won’t Find on Amazon

If your idea of holiday shopping is buying what a robot thinks you want, you’re missing out. We think there’s something irresistible about searching local stores for unique treasures. So, we tracked down a few ideas to help you get started.

FEATURES
Codebreakers on the Fox: Geneva’s Secret Role in World War I

The year was 1917 and “The Great War” was raging in Europe. In sleepy Geneva, an eccentric tycoon and a team of codebreakers were about to change forever the way the United States, and its allies abroad, would communicate in secret.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Ring in the Season with Dole Mansion

Dole Mansion knows how to do it up for the holidays. Discover what exciting events await at this haven for the fine arts.

REGIONAL DINING
Hot Drinks to Keep You Warm This Winter

Cold weather is upon us, so grab one of these specialty drinks to warm yourself up. We found six coffee shops in our area serving up warm, unique signature drinks.

HOME & GARDEN
Some Holiday Decorating Help from the Pros

It’s a big job preparing your home for the holidays, but there are businesses in our region that help to make the season bright — and do so easily. We caught up with a few to learn what it takes to make a great holiday home.

HEALTH & FITNESS
Facing Your Risk Factors: Ways You Can Take Control of Your Health

Sometimes health emergencies are quite preventable. Learn how you can be proactive about your health by first controlling your risk factors.

NORTHWEST WOMAN
Fashionably, Fur

Stay warm this season and show off your stylish sensibilities. (Includes photo gallery)

MIND & SPIRIT
Journeys: Helping Others on the Road Back Home

Homelessness may not seem like something that happens in northern Cook County, but it does. Meet a group that’s there to help area homeless to navigate a challenging time in life, and learn how you can help.

RECREATION & DESTINATIONS
Holiday Displays Light Up the Night

Glowing, colorful lights are brightening up the cold, night skies this holiday season. Check out two stunning light displays that’ll brighten your holiday season and fill your heart with wonder.

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
How Creative Pivoting Saved Raue & ESO

When arts organizations in Elgin and Crystal Lake faced a do-or-die crisis, it took some creative business strategies and a public plea to turn things around. This is how they charged back from the brink with a renewed focus on the future.