The 18th Amendment was a "noble experiment" to correct the ills of substance abuse, but as a law proved to be an ultimate failure. Jon McGinty takes a look at how Prohibition affected our region. Spoiler: there was definitely mayhem and murder. ...

It’s a promise not just of a home, but of hope, love and a future, that drives this nonprofit group to help children in the foster care system find loving families. In many cases, what begins as a temporary shelter becomes a forever home. ...

Given all the rain we’ve had this year, water may feel like an abundant resource, but don’t be deceived. These conservationists, urban planners and policymakers are determined to keep our water clean and flowing for generations to come. ...

Among the rolling, pastoral hills outside Woodstock, in between corn and soybean fields, lie farms that are ripe with another kind of fruit: berries. It’s time to bring your basket and pack the car for a scenic and delicious experience. ...

Forget Disney World and your family’s traditional summertime escape. We’ve found eight Midwestern locations that, even if they seem a little familiar, still hold plenty of surprises for those willing to accept the journey. ...

As Illinois and Wisconsin raced to be the first states that enshrined women’s voting rights in the Constitution, a wider movement was being led by women with deep ties to our region. A century later, their work is still being felt. ...

Always the heart of this busy city, downtown Aurora is celebrating a new chapter in its story, as it welcomes increasing numbers of new visitors, and along with them, new attractions, small businesses and residences. ...

Traveling through some of the wildest parts of North America, photographer David C. Olson captures elusive creatures, breathtaking landscapes and fleeting moments of natural wonder. ...

Your yard deserves to be an escape you can enjoy showing off, and with the right combination of plant cover, stone and water, any yard can provide a serene escape. But, you have to admit, these two properties really take the cake. ...

They may look like ordinary things, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find within them tales that challenge, inspire, intrigue and mystify, all while personalizing history. Uncover some of the strange, sad and totally true stories of our past. ...