For well over a century, Chicago-area residents have been drawn to the wilderness as a refuge from stressful city life. Now, there’s a new destination for those who crave outdoor adventures: Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge. Its 11,000 acres evoke a sense of beauty and grandeur. ...

It's true this summer is turning out a little differently than we'd hoped, but that's no reason not to have some fun. Regardless of whether you're playing it safe, roaming freely or feeling someplace in between we've found some exciting activities to offer a much-needed change of scenery. ...

His travels take him to some of our continent’s most majestic wilderness in search of elusive wildlife. Explore some of the latest work by this award-winning photographer as you’re transported to the quiet and awesome scenes of our natural world. ...

You’re looking to make this holiday season a memorable time with family and friends, and that inevitably means a warm, hearty meal together. But how to make sure it’s picture-perfect? We’ve sought advice on picking just the right accents this season. ...

Among the rolling, pastoral hills outside Woodstock, in between corn and soybean fields, lie farms that are ripe with another kind of fruit: berries. It’s time to bring your basket and pack the car for a scenic and delicious experience. ...

Always the heart of this busy city, downtown Aurora is celebrating a new chapter in its story, as it welcomes increasing numbers of new visitors, and along with them, new attractions, small businesses and residences. ...

We choose to see snow not as a deterrent to fun, but as the very thing that makes winter exceptional. Explore some of the destinations and activities that only get better when cold winds blow. ...