Visit any Tuesday or Saturday from April through October, and you’re sure to be drawn in by the rich sights, sounds and smells all around you. In this season of abundant harvest, there are many ways to taste the fruits of our local farms. ...

In celebration of Illinois’ bicentennial, explore how the Prairie State became central to the U.S. in terms of economy, culture and politics, and learn how you can join in on the celebrations happening through this year. ...

Before Wisconsin became the cheese capital, dairy farms in Kane and McHenry counties were milking a golden opportunity in Chicago. Join Jim Killam for a look into the industry’s past and the effort to protect the family farms and open pastures that still remain. ...

Once a couple of sleepy districts along the Fox River, East and West Dundee are roaring to new life. Stefanie Dell’Aringa met up with a few of the people whose investments are transforming these sister communities into a must-see destination. ...

Though it pushed the United States onto the world stage, World War I also left unresolved numerous ethnic, religious and geopolitical conflicts still facing us today. A century later, Jon McGinty examines its legacy in our region. ...

Great food raised locally, still waters calming our souls, rustic retreats to lay our heads – are you already dreaming? Yeah, this is how we vacation in the Midwest. ...

Maybe you spied her work in a Carson’s store, or you’ve admired her signature “sgraffito” technique in one of the local art galleries that can’t keep up with demand for her colorful works of clay. Step inside the studio of West Dundee’s rising star. ...

It’s amazing how quickly entire life histories can vanish from view. Those of us who yearn to know from where – and from whom – we came need only to don our detective hats. Discover how fun, frustrating and fulfilling it can be to trace the stories of your ancestors. ...

There’s something about the waterfront that calls to our souls, beckons us to slow down and enjoy the sweeter things in life. Now that it’s time to start planning that getaway, we’re dreaming of five destinations where you can’t help but press pause. ...

As in so many areas of life, a sea of changes is slowly transforming this most traditional of games. We caught up with some of the area’s top golf pros to see how new technologies and audiences are shaping our local courses, and how they’re adapting with the times. ...