The road back to "normal" is already looking promising for Batavia and Lake Zurich, where new projects, new businesses and new ideas are flourishing on the heels of COVID-19's destruction. ...

Forget about vacation this year. Many homeowners are opting for a scenic "staycation" setting right at home. From souped-up screened porches to luxurious outdoor entertainment areas, ...

Now that summer is here, it’s time to get a much-needed change of scenery. Our region is ripe with luxurious hotels, thriving state parks, bustling downtowns and hidden attractions that bring you face-to-face with the refreshing waterfront. Where do you want to begin? ...

In its pursuit of lasting transformation, this nonprofit is finding success where other institutions are collaborating on workforce development. ...

Our connections with the Windy City have made this region a stronghold for architectural intrigue. Join our walking tour and explore for yourself some of the hidden histories and surprising secrets built into our urban environment. ...

In a year when it seems like everyone is remodeling their homes, these four amazing spaces remind us that home really is where the heart is. ...

At long last, it's time once again to grab a lawn chair and head to the park for some live music. These two venues are ready to rock. ...

How do we know when we’ve reached the Top 25 communities? A helpful tool from Transform Rockford offers a gauge for where we’ve come and a target for where we still have left to go. ...

When he had enough of doing it somebody else's way, this local entrepreneur stepped out and built the auto shop he always wanted to lead. Five years later, customers have rewarded him with loyalty and a steady word-of-mouth. ...

The home improvement industry is white-hot right now, as people make the most of their new at-home lifestyles. But before you jump in, be sure you've done your homework. Here's where to start. ...