We hardy Midwesterners are accustomed to the wild mood swings of winter, so we know there’s no excuse to miss the best this season has to offer. Whether you enjoy relaxed pursuits or more active adventures, you’re sure to find a winter wonderland just outside your window. ...

Things are waking up in downtown McHenry, where once-sleepy blocks are witnessing a steady stream of newcomers. Talk to the right people, and you’ll hear about a destination finally coming into its own. ...

Brad Nordlof travels the world with his camera, always ready to capture the serenity and wonder all around. He has a gift for finding beauty in some of the most peaceful landscapes of North America. ...

Imagine the government is telling you an epidemic outside your door is “only the flu” and not really serious. That's just what happened 100 years ago, as a flu and a world war swept across the globe and throughout our region. ...

Few things light up our holiday memories quite as strongly as a beautiful banquet, and for many an area baker holiday thoughts are filled with the sweet taste of Grandmother’s pie. Four talented bakers muse about the power of this humble pastry. ...

If your idea of holiday shopping is buying what a robot thinks you want, you’re missing out. We think there’s something irresistible about searching local stores for unique treasures. So, we tracked down a few ideas to help you get started. ...

The year was 1917 and “The Great War” was raging in Europe. In sleepy Geneva, an eccentric tycoon and a team of codebreakers were about to change forever the way the United States, and its allies abroad, would communicate in secret. ...

Touring the backroads of the Midwest, photographer Tom Holoubek captures the fading, forgotten automobiles abandoned to the elements and forgotten by time. What stories could they tell of days gone by? ...

This time of year, their bright colors light up our landscape in amazing ways, but there’s far more to love about trees than mere aesthetics. Explore the many ways trees enrich our communities and our environment, and meet the people whose life work is protecting them for generations to come. ...

Sharing in a “movable feast,” the members of Alliance Française de DuPage represent the amazing nature of America’s melting pot. Whether European ex-pats or admirers of all things French, they’ve discovered a unique bond in their cultural connections. ...