One of the most important visual elements in our home, flooring and countertops are an essential component that ties together a home. Learn how new technologies and materials are enabling cozy new looks in our homes. ...

She gave up a career in nursing long ago, but this Elgin socialite and philanthropist maintains a fierce passion for taking care of others. ...

Why settle for the mall when our region has so many great shops? Ditch the road traffic and instead experience a day on the rails, stopping in at several downtown shopping districts along the Metra lines. ...

These musicians frequent local hospitals to share music's therapeutic power. Learn how their work can have a powerful effect on patients, hospital staff and the musicians themselves. ...

The past year brought plenty of good economic news, and small business owners are feeling upbeat. Here, local leaders share thoughts about the challenges and opportunities ahead. ...

The Aurora Festival of Lights is back, with more than 200 displays of holiday lights. See what's in store for this year's event, one of the region's largest outdoor displays. ...

Take hope in new technologies, treatments and surgeries that are catching cancer earlier and increasing the odds of survival for those diagnosed with this terrible disease. ...

What's fall without some outdoors adventures and a celebration of the bounteous harvest? Discover four quintessential Midwestern gatherings that boast plenty of pumpkins, farmsteads, scarecrows and zombies. ...

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

It’s time to untether from that gray, uncreative cube and enter the colorful, inventive spaces that can attract customers, inspire today’s workforce and help recruit tomorrow’s employees. ...