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Historic Homes: A Connection to Our Past

They provide clues about our collective past, and are beautiful treasures of our region. Learn about the inventive builders of three such homes, and meet their current owners, dedicated to preservation.

12 Great Christmas Celebrations

The snow is coming, and so are the holiday festivities and traditions that we hold dear. From one of the largest light festivals in the Midwest to an historic downtown square, we highlight our favorite civic gatherings.

Elmhurst: Small-Town Charm, Big-City Appeal

Located just 15 miles west of Chicago, this suburb is full of quiet neighborhoods and parks, but it’s also filled with vibrant resources. Tour the highlights and learn why residents are so enthusiastic.

Nothing Sly About This Fox

It touches nearly 11 counties in its 185-mile journey from Waukesha County, Wis., to the Illinois River near Ottawa. Learn how environmentalists are protecting the Fox River and discover the best places to paddle and play.

The Civil War: When They Marched to the Sound of the Guns

No battles were fought on Illinois or Wisconsin soil during the bloody Civil War, but many thousands of families in our region lost loved ones. Jon McGinty traces the journey of local soldiers on the sesquicentennial anniversary of our nation’s bloodiest war.