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Six Ways to Have Fun Outdoors

So what if it’s cold and icy outside? That’s half the fun! Join Paul Anthony Arco as he discovers six fun, sometimes unusual ways to enjoy cold temperatures and icy landscapes this season.

Chicago’s First Railroad

It was the collaboration between Illinois farmers and Chicago plutocrats that prompted Chicago’s first train to roll down the tracks. Jeffrey J. Meyer explores its local impact and lasting legacy.

10 Fun Fall Getaways

Autumn is the perfect time to explore the Midwest, as trees turn vibrant colors, farmers harvest golden fields and cool breezes remind us that we’ll soon be spending a lot of time indoors. Here are 10 quintessential destinations.

In a Nutshell: The American Dream of John B. Sanfilippo & Son

From a family-run cottage industry to one of the world’s leading nut processors this Elgin-based company represents the American Dream. On the company’s 90th anniversary, we sat down with the founder’s grandson, now company CEO.

The Air Up There: Al Zielinski’s Dual Careers

Torn between two very different passions, Al Zielinski chose both worlds. Meet the energetic president of Niles-based Better Kitchens, a man who’s following his own flight plan.