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. ...

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

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

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. ...

Check out these unusual and inventive stores around our area. ...

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. ...

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. ...

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. ...

Our thriving downtown districts present great opportunities to market your business. Susan Dobbe-Leahy, of Dobbe Marketing, explains how Main Street is making a difference. ...

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. ...