Time sure flies when you're having fun, and we've had plenty of it over the past decade. As we mark the occasion of our 10th anniversary in the northwest suburbs, we look back at the ways our magazine and our region have changed. ...

He’s performed with and conducted some of the best orchestras in the world, and we’re lucky to say he’s made his home base in Elgin. Meet the dynamic leader of Elgin Symphony Orchestra and learn what it’s like to stand in the company of legends. ...

The wilderness that surrounds our urban landscapes is a source of inspiration and peacefulness for many photographers. Their work reveals a glimpse of what we can experience while exploring this magnificent planet. ...

We hardy Midwesterners know that all it really takes to have some fun in the winter is a good hill, enough snow and the right equipment. Here are some of the best locations in our region to ski, board and sled. ...

Sure, you can do all of your shopping online or at the mall. But you're missing out. For a truly memorable gift-giving season, head out to some of these inspiring downtown districts. We promise you'll find unique gifts and a fun experience along the way. ...

It's no small thing when these horse lovers say they have a way of changing lives through animal-assisted therapies. Indeed, a wide variety of clients have achieved personal empowerment while working with this Richmond-area farm's lovable critters. ...

Stagecoach trails became the first formal infrastructure for Illinois travel. Join retired college professor Mark Schwendau and his wife, Karen, as they travel the Galena-Chicago stagecoach trail by motorcycle and note interesting landmarks. ...

Volunteering time or money is an excellent way to look beyond yourself and help others in need. Meet some folks in our region who’ve found meaningful ways of serving their neighbors, and learn how you can join them. ...

No place else can you experience fall quite lik you will here in the Midwest. Because it's a season to savor, we've assembled a list of our favorite ways to enjoy autumn in northwest Chicagoland. ...

Though gradually disappearing from the landscape, family farms remain a treasured institution in our region. Meet a Sugar Grove family whose members have been farming the same land for nearly 175 years. ...