Driving the Movement for Elgin’s Self-Improvement

It could have been just another five-year plan, but instead the City’s new “Strategic Principles & Priorities” encapsulates a growing movement in this city – one that engages every corner of the community in a pathway to prosperity.

Success Stories: Marvin’s Toy Store

Imagination is precious in the mind of a child, and it’s also the driving force at this locally owned toy store. This mother-daughter duo is helping kids to play and create without the need for screens or electronics.

Geneva Film Fest Expands in 9th Year

Launched as a volunteer-driven celebration, this burgeoning festival is quickly gaining notice among film buffs in Geneva and around Chicagoland.

Success Story: La Bellissima

Quality ladies’ undergarments are just the start at this homegrown Crystal Lake business, where customer service and quality products are the means to providing something that’s just the right fit…
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What Works in Downtown Development?

An urban renaissance is underway, as attention turns from sprawling shopping centers to historic commercial districts. Getting there has taken decades of grassroots change.

Destination: Downtown Grayslake

Experience the unique character of our region, with a trip to this quaint Lake County village.

Destination: Downtown Richmond

Explore the hidden gems of our region. Interactive map included.

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

Elmhurst: Small-Town Charm, Big-City Appeal

Located just 15 miles west of Chicago, this suburb is full of quiet neighborhoods and parks, but it’s also filled with vibrant resources. Tour the highlights and learn why residents are so enthusiastic.

Success Story: Anastazia – Treasures for the Home

Meet a Geneva store designer-turned store owner who’s found success providing unique home decor.