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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.

12 Ways to Celebrate Fall

Many folks say autumn is their favorite season, for good reason. Here are 12 tried and true ways to celebrate it in traditional Midwestern style.

Stronghold Castle: An Orphan’s Tribute to Family

In 1929, Chicago newspaper magnate Walter Strong built a castle that inspired the imagination of his family for the next 30-plus years. Today, it remains a bastion of renewal and personal growth that’s enjoyed by more than 12,000 people annually.

Seeing Green in Elgin

This city has always conjured images of lively commerce and industry, but concepts of “green” and “sustainable” are new additions to its image. Learn how this dynamic city is reinventing itself for a new century.