Think George Baley and his Building & Loan, if you like. Locally-owned community banks one-up their larger competition by being familiar and engaging with the community. Discover how five local bank presidents view you, the customer. ...

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A decade after its massive renovation, Crystal Lake's crown jewel is still shining, even through this recession. Discover what it is about this former movie and vaudeville house that keeps audiences returning. ...

It's rarely an easy decision to move a parent into assisted living. Discover some of the warning signs that it's time to make the big move, and learn how assisted living communities can help an aging parent. ...

They started as farmers, and have spent nearly 40 years tending to and growing their thriving flower shop and nursery. Discover why they love their work, and how they share that passion with the Crystal Lake community. ...

Check out these unique, hidden gems around Northwest Chicagoland. ...

The bad news is that more than one-third of U.S. adults are obese, according to the National Institute of Health. The good news is that fitness centers can help us reach a healthy weight. ...

Winter's a great time to freshen up your home. We talked to some of our favorite local designers and home decorators for advice on perking up your hibernation headquarters. ...

Meet an interior designer who followed her passions to create custom spaces for her clients. ...

Check out these hidden gems around our region. ...