What's fall without some outdoors adventures and a celebration of the bounteous harvest? Discover four quintessential Midwestern gatherings that boast plenty of pumpkins, farmsteads, scarecrows and zombies. ...

The Monarch isn't the only backyard butterfly to make its home here. Look at other species you're likely to find here, and learn how citizen scientists are doing their part to support our butterflies. ...

Football is a way of life for many suburban families, but in the town of Cary, loyalties run especially deep. Meet the coaches, players, parents and alumni who treasure those Friday night lights. (gallery included) ...

Foxes are seldom harmed during a Wayne-DuPage Hunt Club gathering, but these equestrians still enjoy the thrill of the chase in this sport with deep English roots. ...

Barrington's latest Citizen of the Year has lent a hand to many organizations in two decades. Her latest project ties them all together. Meet the dedicated servant behind Barrington's White House. ...

The estate built by the late George and Nelle Fabyan has played many roles: a country getaway, a renovation project for Frank Lloyd Wright, the nation's first private research lab, and, most recently, a public park. ...

For the first time in almost 200 years, a herd of wild bison is roaming land east of the Mississippi River. Jon McGinty explains how these mighty animals -- so symbolic of America's heritage -- are helping to restore prairie. ...

Sure, some parts of our region look a lot like suburbia, but don't be fooled, agricultural pursuits and the rural lifestyle are still thoroughly ingrained in our culture. Rhonda Mix looks at the enduring significance of the fair. ...

You might recognize him as a longtime television meteorologist, but these days, you're more likely to spy this Waukegan native on the other side of the camera, capturing everything from landscapes to fashion. ...

It's finally time to get outside and exercise those green thumbs. Stephanie N. Grimoldby discovers some of the best new plants and reliable old favorites that will brighten up your garden this year. ...