FEATURES
The Nature of It

Maybe you spied her work in a Carson’s store, or you’ve admired her signature “sgraffito” technique in one of the local art galleries that can’t keep up with demand for her colorful works of clay. Step inside the studio of West Dundee’s rising star.

FEATURES
Discovering Your Roots with Genealogy

It’s amazing how quickly entire life histories can vanish from view. Those of us who yearn to know from where – and from whom – we came need only to don our detective hats. Discover how fun, frustrating and fulfilling it can be to trace the stories of your ancestors.

FEATURES
Five Lakeside Retreats Where It’s Easy to Press Pause

There’s something about the waterfront that calls to our souls, beckons us to slow down and enjoy the sweeter things in life. Now that it’s time to start planning that getaway, we’re dreaming of five destinations where you can’t help but press pause.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
An Eclectic Lineup at Music by the Lake

Music by the Lake draws world-class entertainers to Williams Bay, Wis., every summer. This year’s lineup promises musical diversity, seasoned talent and well-regarded speakers.

REGIONAL DINING
Montarra Grill: All Primed For Spring’s Largesse

For more than a decade, this restaurant has provided guests with contemporary American fare and a menu that’s updated seasonally. Find out what else this eatery is doing to cultivate and maintain a growing customer base.

HOME & GARDEN
Cozy Up That Beautiful Backyard Hangout

Now that it’s finally time to gather outdoors, it’s a good time to re-evaluate whether your space is truly inviting, or if it needs some help. Local landscaping experts offer their tips for making a true statement that invites guests to your backyard retreat.

HEALTH & FITNESS
The Compassionate Side of Surgery

There are two sides to every surgery. Evaluate the perspective of a patient versus a surgeon as they discuss how compassionate care and innovative technology lead to better outcomes.

NORTHWEST WOMAN
Embracing Spring: Crisp and Colorful Statements

In our latest spring fashion shoot, explore the bold and beautiful looks that are sure to make a statement. (Slideshow included)

MIND & SPIRIT
Lincoln Laureates Celebrate in the Forest City

At the 1964 New York World’s Fair, brilliant minds conceived the idea of having an annual recognition ceremony for outstanding Illinosians. This year, the ceremony heads to northern Illinois, as its members celebrate some of the top minds in the state.

RECREATION & DESTINATIONS
3 Luxurious Wisconsin Boutique Hotels

When looking for a place to rest during your weekend getaway, don’t settle for the ordinary, especially when these three Wisconsin beauties offer plush, unique accommodations – with all the pamperings.

PERSONAL & FINANCE
How Much Will You Need for Retirement?

Do you know how much you’ll need to retire? Mark Sudderberg, vice president and wealth management financial advisor for CoyleKiley Insurance, shares five things to consider as you plan your retirement.

NW BUSINESS MAGAZINE
Fueling Economic Growth in St. Charles

The growing skyline in downtown St. Charles is just one signal that this city’s economy has been expanding. Get the inside scoop on what’s new, what’s in the pipeline, and what’s being done to keep the momentum going.