Scenic and Low-Maintenance? Yes, it’s Possible

Creating a beautiful and easy-to-maintain backyard is well within your reach. There are professionals in our area who can help you create a backyard you can be proud of.

Laugh-Out-Loud Season at Raue Center

Crystal Lake’s Raue Center for the Arts has a quality lineup of entertainers for the upcoming season. Learn which big-name acts are hitting the stage.

McGrath Printing: Build Your Skill Set to Expand Your Business

This business has been a staple in the commercial printing industry for nearly four decades. Find out how this company has captured the attention of the printing industry and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

Get in the Groove at these Outdoor Concerts

The warmer months offer numerous opportunities to pack a picnic basket and listen to live music under the stars.

Backyard Beautiful: An Oasis to Envy

Your yard deserves to be an escape you can enjoy showing off, and with the right combination of plant cover, stone and water, any yard can provide a serene escape. But, you have to admit, these two properties really take the cake.

Moving Science Education into the Future

Teachers and staff can’t say enough about the new Liebman Science Center at McHenry County College. Step inside this hub for science education and learn about its many modernized features.

Go for Warmth in the Cozy Home

What does “cozy” look like in your home? For most of us, warming up the home is a matter of pairing the right surfaces, colors and designs in a way that makes anybody feel right at home.

Success Stories: Yours & Meyn, Simply Designed

This home decor business in Crystal Lake may have started with a simple “Why not?” moment, but it’s the determination to succeed that kept this business going strong through a tough economy.

Small-Business Marketing: To Target Teens, Influence and Advocate

Capturing the attention (and dollars) of Generation Z doesn’t have to be a total mystery. Susan Dobbe-Leahy, of Dobbe Marketing, explains how influencers and advocates light the way.

Transform Rockford: Branding is Part of the Comeback

The rapid changes happening all around the Rockford region are fueling a renewed sense of optimism and a growing “sense of place.” Turns out, that evolving identity is a key part of Rockford’s narrative to out-of-towners.