Know Your Neighbors: Father Jim Swarthout

This Episcopal priest has made a long career of helping people to recover from their addictions. With a background in counseling, this Barrington Hills resident embraces a different way of serving others this season.

Putting Local Craftsmanship Back into Mattresses

Ray Westman, a Verlo Mattress store owner, knows a good mattress. Learn from this expert on why a custom-made mattress provides a different value from its big-box competitor.






Building’s Abuzz on Chicago’s Western Frontier

Real estate market growth is returning to many corners of the region, but it’s especially strong in Elgin, where new homes and commercial properties are rising at one of the fastest rates in Illinois.






Northwest Quiz: Butterfly Love

Monarch butterflies are the poster children for declining butterfly species, but there are things we can do to help them. Test your knowledge about this butterfly, its relatives and its habitat in our region.






NWQ Getaway Guide, Summer Edition

A great weekend’s journey is hours away. Here are some excellent places to visit.






7 Scenic Camping Retreats

‘Roughing it’ in the woods typically means spending a night on the hard ground – but it doesn’t have to, anymore. Explore these seven unique places where you can reconnect with the land, according to your style.






9 Must-Experience Winter Adventures

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.






Another Quality Lineup at Beloit International Film Festival

What started out as a simple attraction to the Beloit area has evolved into an international draw for film buffs everywhere. Learn what’s in store for this year’s festival and how you can join the excitement.






Craft Beverages Abound in DeKalb County

Did you know that a variety of masterful breweries, wineries and distilleries call DeKalb County home? Step inside a few, and learn how they’re taking advantage of the region’s abundance.






Cause for Hope: The Bold New Word in Cancer Treatment

Take hope in new technologies, treatments and surgeries that are catching cancer earlier and increasing the odds of survival for those diagnosed with this terrible disease.