Galena, Dubuque and the rolling terrain in this tri-state area blends history, tradition and new attractions with ease. ...

As the curtain rises and the stage lights shine once again, visitors to this St. Charles landmark are greeted by a venue that’s at once both familiar and different. Behind an aggressive renovation is the indomitable Ron Onesti, who’s spent years reviving this historic venue for the enjoyment of a new generation. ...

A simple postcard can be an intriguing mystery to uncover. It shares a glimpse from those who travel, and it preserves special memories from our past. Join Janine Pumilia as she looks at the history and purpose of postcards, then uncovers the stories and sentiments they have to share. ...

Imagine the government is telling you an epidemic outside your door is “only the flu” and not really serious. That's just what happened 100 years ago, as a flu and a world war swept across the globe and throughout our region. ...

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. ...

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 answers. 1. Which state university was established first? A) Illinois State University in Normal B) University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana C) University of Wisconsin 2. Which of these Wisconsin-area native ...

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. ...

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

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

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. ...