Illinois Bicentennial: The Challenging Road to American Statehood

In celebration of Illinois’ bicentennial, explore how the Prairie State became central to the U.S. in terms of economy, culture and politics, and learn how you can join in on the celebrations happening through this year.

Northwest Quiz: Forgotten History

Our nation is very young, but thousands of important events have already been forgotten. Test your knowledge of the region once known as the “Old Northwest Territory.” Scroll down for…
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Northwest Quiz: Illinois Bicentennial

As we celebrate the 200th birthday of the State of Illinois this year, let’s see what we know about the Land of Lincoln, which is the sixth largest population in the U.S. at 12.8 million.

Northwest Quiz: We Call it Home

How well do you know the history of northwest Chicagoland? Take our quiz and test your knowledge on these noteworthy properties.

Genuine Northwest, Winter Edition

Check out these unique destinations that reflect the genuine character of our region.

Do You Know the Story of Your Home?

If you live in an older home, your walls have a story to tell. With a little detective work, and some help from an historical researcher, you can uncover the tales of your home and its former owners.

The Art of Mourning

The gravestones of our region’s cemeteries tell a tale of their own – if you know where to look. As one Lake in the Hills researcher discovered, the lives of the interred are just as colorful as their memorials.

Schaumburg: A Magnet for Commerce & Culture

Its population doubles in the daytime, as out-of-towners converge on the city’s many shopping and playtime destinations, offices and industrial centers. Explore what makes this village one of the state’s strongest attractions.

Genuine Northwest, Fall Edition

Check out these unique destinations that reflect the genuine character of our region.

Lost Landmarks: The Hot-Spots of Yesteryear

Once a building is gone, it can’t be brought back, except in our memories. Explore four treasures that left a lasting impression on our region’s identity.