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5 Authentic Midwestern Vacations

Great food raised locally, still waters calming our souls, rustic retreats to lay our heads – are you already dreaming? Yeah, this is how we vacation in the Midwest.

The Nature of It

Maybe you spied her work in a Carson’s store, or you’ve admired her signature “sgraffito” technique in one of the local art galleries that can’t keep up with demand for her colorful works of clay. Step inside the studio of West Dundee’s rising star.

Discovering Your Roots with Genealogy

It’s amazing how quickly entire life histories can vanish from view. Those of us who yearn to know from where – and from whom – we came need only to don our detective hats. Discover how fun, frustrating and fulfilling it can be to trace the stories of your ancestors.

Five Lakeside Retreats Where It’s Easy to Press Pause

There’s something about the waterfront that calls to our souls, beckons us to slow down and enjoy the sweeter things in life. Now that it’s time to start planning that getaway, we’re dreaming of five destinations where you can’t help but press pause.

Teeing Up for the Future

As in so many areas of life, a sea of changes is slowly transforming this most traditional of games. We caught up with some of the area’s top golf pros to see how new technologies and audiences are shaping our local courses, and how they’re adapting with the times.