Galena, Dubuque and the rolling terrain in this tri-state area blends history, tradition and new attractions with ease. ...

They rebuilt Chicago after the Great Fire, supported thriving farms, and entertained generations with their decorative pottery. ...

As the curtain rises and the stage lights shine once again, visitors to this St. Charles landmark are greeted by a venue that’s at once both familiar and different. Behind an aggressive renovation is the indomitable Ron Onesti, who’s spent years reviving this historic venue for the enjoyment of a new generation. ...

Perhaps you know him as the soft-spoken jeweler in Barrington whose work has appeared at the Field Museum in Chicago and on the hands of celebrities. Or, perhaps you recognize his unmistakable tenor on soundtracks by the likes of rock legend Jim Peterik. It’s all in a day’s work for Marc Scherer. ...

Perhaps you know this part of southern Wisconsin because of its most popular tourist attraction. But look beyond Geneva Lake and you’ll find a people rooted to generations-old farms, more than 40 lakes and the unmistakable charm of small-town America. ...

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? ...

They were once a center of activity in rural America, until the highways came to town. Loved and then abandoned, train depots are finding new life thanks to dedicated citizens. Jon McGinty explores five places where depots have found new life. ...

Our graphic designer, Samantha Behling, has a passion for raising monarch butterflies, a species that’s at risk. Her impressive photography speaks to the beauty and importance of these creatures. ...

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. ...

A yard that's all grass is just so boring ... and the wildlife thinks so, too. For many conservation-minded people, a little bit of wilderness in the yard can have a great big payoff – for people and animals alike. ...