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36 Acres and the Beauty of a Day

When we look around us, it’s not difficult to find ever-changing beauty in our natural areas. Meet photographer Tobin Fraley, who has captured thousands of images at Reed-Turner Woodland Nature Preserve near Long Grove.

Starved Rock State Park: If Canyons Could Talk

A crown jewel among its peers, Starved Rock State Park celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Learn about its 10,000 years of human history and how it came to be preserved — for us.






Flying High in Fox River Grove

With one of the best junior ski jump programs anywhere, Norge Ski Club in Fox River Grove is regarded as one of the best hills of its size. But why would someone leap off the equivalent of a 20-story building?






Local Ties to the Underground Railroad

It was neither under the ground nor a real railroad, but its participants helped thousands of black slaves in America to escape from bondage. Writer and photographer Jon McGinty travels to local stops along the escape route.






Autumn in Galena

There may be a more charming place to spend autumn than Galena, Ill., but we haven’t found it. Learn what’s new, what’s old and what’s going on now in this remaarkable enclave near the Mississippi River.