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8 Unexpected Midwest Vacation Destinations

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.

Homegrown Suffragists and the 19th Amendment

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.

All Together for Downtown Aurora

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.

A Touch of the Wild

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.

Backyard Beautiful: An Oasis to Envy

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.