New Executive Chef Keeps Diners Happy at Atwater’s

Meet Kevin Gillespie, the new executive chef of Atwater’s at The Herrington Inn & Spa. Everything he makes is from scratch.

Area Festivals That Offer Classic Fall Fun

With the ripening harvest and rich colors emerging on our landscape, fall appeals to people of every age. Enjoy the fun, folklore and festivities at some of the best autumn events that our region has to offer.






Restaurant Profile: Epicure Bistro

Crepes aren’t just a breakfast place at this new Barrington bistro. Rather, the fluffy treat has become the centerpiece of a mouthwatering menu.






The Cary Ale House & Brewing Co: Craft Beer and Local Food Shine

High-quality locally brewed beer meets with one-of-a-kind locally sourced dishes at this best-kept-secret in downtown Cary.






Health Tips: Celebrate the Season Without the Weight Gain

Maintaining your weight during the holiday season is tough, what with all that rich, heavy food around. Tiffanie Young, of Centegra Health System, offers pointers on how to eat smart and have fun.






Le Petit Marche

19 N. Williams Crystal Lake, IL 60014 815-477-3296 www.petitmarche.biz

Josef Barbados Steakhouse & Oyster Bar

6860 Spring Creek Road Rockford, IL 61114 815-282-3400

Four Fresh Dishes For the Local Foodie

There’s nothing quite like a fresh, homemade dish that surprises and delights. Discover a few new items and longtime favorites that you’ll find only at our region’s locally owned restaurants.






DiBenedetto Trattoria: A Hearty Helping of Old World Fare

Family recipes and time-honored cuisine are the foundation of this Hoffman Estates hot-spot whose owner has been part of many big-name restaurants throughout Chicagoland.






Exploring Our Region’s Vineyards & Wineries

Illinois is experiencing a new renaissance in cold-weather winemaking, and our region stands at the center of this activity. Discover a few prime vineyards right in your own backyard.