Landscaping Designs That Reflect Your Style and Interests

Now is a great time to tailor out outdoor landscapes. Learn from our local experts how to achieve a top-notch backyard landscape, so you can enjoy it all year long.

Community Banks: Risks and Rewards of Online Banking

Nearly 60 percent of Americans are accessing their finances online, and they love the convenience. But, as with all activities online, security is a concern. Learn how locally owned and operated banks hold an advantage in safeguarding customers.

Woodstock Plein Air Artist Enjoys the Journey

He braves most any kind of weather and attempts many styles of art, all in the pursuit of his artistic muse. Discover why Tom Trausch turned a sink-or-swim experiment into a lifetime adventure.

Events at a Glance: Arts & Entertainment Calendar

There’s so much to see in our area this season! Here’s just a sample of what’s coming up.

Duke’s Alehouse & Kitchen

Casual/Earth-friendly. Artisan craft beers; local-sourced ingredients; bison & grass-fed beef burgers; pork; chicken; vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free items
110 N. Main St., Crystal Lake
(815) 356-9980
Lunch, Dinner

da Baffone Cucina Italiana

Casual. Family-owned. Authentic Tuscan cuisine made from family recipes
111 N. Main, Crystal Lake
(815) 893-6149
Dinner

Chen Chinese Cuisine

Casual. Family-run, authentic fare.
270 N. Randall Road, Lake in the Hills
(847) 458-8000
6100 Northwest Hwy., Crystal Lake
(815) 356-8899

Community Banks: Seizing Opportunity with Super-Low Interest Rates

Home mortgage interest rates are at their lowest in 60 years, and community banks – that is, locally owned and operated institutions – are uniquely suited to help help customers seize an opportunity.

NWQ’s Third Annual College Guide

The Old Northwest Territory is filled with great institutions for higher learning. NWQ Highlights some of the best around in this annual supplement.

Snug & Stylish Winter Fashion

Step inside the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake, for a glimpse at our elegant, furry winter fashion.