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A Century of Pride & Progress in Crystal Lake

Before 1914, what’s now Crystal Lake was two fiercely competitive rival communities. When they joined forces, they sparked a century of incredible growth. See how today’s residents are celebrating.

Resurrecting the Gage-Hacker Boat

Designed to cut through the choppy waters of Geneva Lake, this classic 1960s wooden boat is a local legend. Learn how Bill Gage Jr. is commemorating his father’s crowning achievement with a stylish new version.

Know Your Neighbors: Tom Hauff

Military roots run deep in the family of this Glenview dentist, whose ancestors died fighting in the Civil War 150 years ago. Discover how three generations of war re-enactors are connecting with history.

VetsRoll: Saluting Our Greatest Generation

It’s still not too late to thank many of the men and women who defended our freedom during the 1940s and ’50s. Jon McGinty shares how a local family does just that, by sponsoring a unique trip for our aging veterans.

How to Plant with Wildlife in Mind

Our neatly manicured lawns are a source of pride, but offer little sanctuary for wildlife. Jamie Johannsen explains why it’s time for a new mindset in backyard landscaping.