Chicago’s First Railroad

It was the collaboration between Illinois farmers and Chicago plutocrats that prompted Chicago’s first train to roll down the tracks. Jeffrey J. Meyer explores its local impact and lasting legacy.

In a Nutshell: The American Dream of John B. Sanfilippo & Son

From a family-run cottage industry to one of the world’s leading nut processors this Elgin-based company represents the American Dream. On the company’s 90th anniversary, we sat down with the founder’s grandson, now company CEO.

Events at a Glance: Mind & Spirit Calendar

There are so many fun events in our region! Here’s a collection of many events that are guaranteed to nurture the mind and spirit. September Exhibit: “A Celebration of Rural…
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The Mighty Giants of Hebron High

Sixty years ago, the boys basketball team at Hebron High School captured the state championship and became the smallest school ever to win. Learn how this remarkable achievement impacted the lives of the winning players and their hometown.

Genuine Northwest

Check out these unique destinations in our region: St. Charles History Museum; Volo Auto Museum; Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall, Aurora.

The Civil War: When They Marched to the Sound of the Guns

No battles were fought on Illinois or Wisconsin soil during the bloody Civil War, but many thousands of families in our region lost loved ones. Jon McGinty traces the journey of local soldiers on the sesquicentennial anniversary of our nation’s bloodiest war.

Genuine Northwest

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

Northwest Quiz

That happened here? Test your knowledge of local history and events by taking our quiz.

The Anvil Club: Serving Up Great Food, and History, Too

For more than 50 years, this suave supper club in East Dundee has hosted its premiere dinners in a former blacksmith’s shop.