FEATURES
Tastes Like Summer: 14 True Hometown Festivals

Rid the word “boring” from your vocabulary. We’ve picked out more than a dozen quintessential hometown festivals that are sure to fill up your summer schedule with food, music and a little magic.






FEATURES
When We Bought Homes from a Catalog

Many American homes were “ordered by mail, sent by rail” in the early 20th century. The concept was simple: flip through a catalog, pick out a house, mail in money. Within weeks, your brand-new home would arrive by train – ready for assembly.






FEATURES
‘Nothing Like it’: Skydiving in Northern Illinois

Who jumps out of a perfectly good airplane from 18,000 feet in the air? The crew at Chicago Skydiving Center can’t resist the thrill of this adventurous, crazy sport – and they take pleasure in sharing the experience with other brave souls.






ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Keeping a Music Tradition Alive in Woodstock

When the Woodstock Mozart Festival closed abruptly, its musicians found a way to keep the music going. See what’s in store for this year’s concert series.






REGIONAL DINING
Ishnala Supper Club: Where Tradition Meets Great Dining

This eatery hasn’t changed much since the early 1950s. Find out why this place is more than just a typical restaurant and learn why the owner is just fine with patrons leaving their phones in their pockets.






HOME & GARDEN
Strike a Balance of Softscapes and Hardscapes

There was a time when only the softscape — plant material — really mattered in landscaping. But now, you’ll find a good mixing of plant material and hardscaping — that is, heavy elements that add structure and function.






HEALTH & FITNESS
Strokes Can Happen to Anyone

Erin Gianaras had an ischemic stroke when she was only 27 years old. Her powerful story brings awareness to stroke risk factors, symptoms and recovery expectations.






NORTHWEST WOMAN
Wedding Stories: Dreamy Wedding Backdrops

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
Nonprofits That Support the Arts

Our region is full of artists who crave opportunities to showcase their work. Learn how these local nonprofit organizations preserve and promote the arts.






RECREATION & DESTINATIONS
Education Day Offers Unforgettable Learning

In September, Midway Village Museum will be home to World War II Days, the largest such II re-enactment in the Midwest. Learn what to expect at this year’s event, including a day aimed just at youngsters.






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
Insights from the Experts

Nobody has all of the answers, but if we know the right places to look and the right people to ask, we might find just the help we need to solve the challenges facing our operations.