How Creative Pivoting Saved Raue & ESO

When arts organizations in Elgin and Crystal Lake faced a do-or-die crisis, it took some creative business strategies and a public plea to turn things around. This is how they charged back from the brink with a renewed focus on the future.

Ring in the Season with Dole Mansion

Dole Mansion knows how to do it up for the holidays. Discover what exciting events await at this haven for the fine arts.

Pie Stories: A Taste of Grandmother’s House

Few things light up our holiday memories quite as strongly as a beautiful banquet, and for many an area baker holiday thoughts are filled with the sweet taste of Grandmother’s pie. Four talented bakers muse about the power of this humble pastry.

Some Holiday Decorating Help from the Pros

It’s a big job preparing your home for the holidays, but there are businesses in our region that help to make the season bright — and do so easily. We caught up with a few to learn what it takes to make a great holiday home.

Hot Drinks to Keep You Warm This Winter

Cold weather is upon us, so grab one of these specialty drinks to warm yourself up. We found six coffee shops in our area serving up warm, unique signature drinks.

Show Off Your Personality with Finishing Touches

Tying a room together with home accents requires just the right combination of “pop” and spunk — both of which speak to your own personal flair, of course. Learn how those finishing touches can make all the difference in your home.

1776 Restaurant Makes Its Mark in Fine Dining

A thorough makeover is transforming this longtime favorite for fine dining into a modern hub for creative, locally inspired dishes that appeal to many palates.

Holiday Shopping: 20 Gift Ideas You Won’t Find on Amazon

If your idea of holiday shopping is buying what a robot thinks you want, you’re missing out. We think there’s something irresistible about searching local stores for unique treasures. So, we tracked down a few ideas to help you get started.

Live Theater Thrills Audiences at Raue Center

You don’t have to travel far to see an amazing live theater performance. Learn about a group of actors who put on memorable stage productions right in the heart of Crystal Lake.

Nooks & Crannies, Fall Edition

Check out these unusual and inventive stores around our area.