A 2020 Economic Forecast: Plenty of Optimism with a Touch of Uncertainty

A year filled with economic successes has local leaders feeling optimistic about the months to come. Get a taste of what’s happening in our region and what challenges could lie ahead.

Embracing a New Attitude at The Dole

As new leadership infuses a new energy at Crystal Lake’s arts park, everything is changing in pursuit of a newly inspired mission.

Houses of Worship: Living the Faith

Organized religion played a major role in the settling of Illinois and continues to impact our region in many ways. We enjoy highlighting places of worship and their work both at home and abroad.

Small-Business Marketing Strategies: Giving Back Keeps on Giving

A strategically placed gift or donation can pay dividends for your business, as Susan Dobbe-Leahy, of Dobbe Marketing, explains.

Success Stories: Heisler’s Bootery

Longevity in business is no small feat, but it’s something this family-owned shoe store has achieved through its dedication to serving customers.

Give Your Home Some ‘Fresh’ Holiday Decor

Trends in home decor – even Christmas decor – are ever-changing, and fresh ideas are popping up all the time. Here are a few new concepts you’re likely to see in suburban homes this holiday season.

Nooks & Crannies, Fall Edition

Check out these unusual and inventive stores around our area.

Retail Secrets That Work

For all the technological strengths of your big-box and online foes, your small business possesses some good, old-fashioned strategic advantages that are keeping your peers atop the market. Meet four local businesses and see how they set themselves apart.

815 ChopHouse: A Promising New Restaurant

The managers of this new Crystal Lake restaurant are hitting the ground running. Find out how this restaurant lives up to its ‘good drinks, good food and good service’ mantra.

8 Craft Drink Destinations

Our region is rich with prime crafters of beer, wine and spirits. We’ve found eight destinations serving up truly unique spirits, memorable wines and signature beers you can’t avoid visiting this season.