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Tastes Like Summer: 14 True Hometown Festivals

Rid the word “boring” from your vocabulary. We’ve picked out more than a dozen quintessential hometown festivals that are sure to fill up your summer schedule with food, music and a little magic.

When We Bought Homes from a Catalog

Many American homes were “ordered by mail, sent by rail” in the early 20th century. The concept was simple: flip through a catalog, pick out a house, mail in money. Within weeks, your brand-new home would arrive by train – ready for assembly.






‘Nothing Like it’: Skydiving in Northern Illinois

Who jumps out of a perfectly good airplane from 18,000 feet in the air? The crew at Chicago Skydiving Center can’t resist the thrill of this adventurous, crazy sport – and they take pleasure in sharing the experience with other brave souls.






Jean Gaines: Loving Local Business Like a Mother

Few people can say they have their own holiday, but this civic leader enjoys special recognition every Nov. 12. The president of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce has spent four decades nurturing her favorite town into a thriving community.






Beyond Barrington: Its Welcoming Neighbors

What’s really in a name? For folks in the greater Barrington area, it’s an identity supported by strong community, open spaces and a relaxed lifestyle.