Organized religion played a major role in the settling of Illinois and continues to impact our region in many ways. We enjoy highlighting places of worship and their work both at home and abroad. ...

As the owner of Brenda’s Blumenladen, in New Glarus, fills her store with whimsy and charm each season, she’s driven by a lifetime of passion for small-scale retail. ...

For two decades this Rockford-based clinic has sought to provide top-notch care for patients of any health system. In its new Sycamore location the team continues to build on its hallmark approach, including an emphasis on patient education. ...

Embracing a wide reach of students, and drawing them from many geographic locations, socioeconomic statuses, ethnic backgrounds and levels of college preparation, this university is making a serious impression on students. ...

Check out these unusual and inventive stores around our area. ...

Born from a growing niche and a need to expand, Brenda Blumenladen’s newest extension continues many of the same qualities that made the original a local favorite. These days, it’s becoming a major competitive advantage. ...

A great weekend’s journey isn't so far away. Here are some excellent places to visit. ...

After honeymooning in wine country, a New Glarus couple found they could bring a slice of Napa back to southern Wisconsin. Their cozy winery is now a must-see destination. ...

Check out these unusual and inventive stores around our area. ...

Check out these unique destinations that reflect the genuine character of our region. ...