Check out these unusual and inventive stores around our area. The Collector's Bench 218 E. State St., Rockford, (815) 708-7675 thecollectorsbench.com “All things sports and 1,000 percent authentic,” is how Brad Parvin describes his collection of sports memorabilia, cards and apparel. He boasts the largest collection of Chicago Cubs baseball cards in the world, all on display and for sale ...

Make a statement this season with these trendy new styles, available at local boutiques (gallery included). ...

Both breast cancer and heart disease affect many women, and new treatment techniques are improving outcomes considerably. Learn what you should do when something seems out of the ordinary. ...

Community college has changed immensely over the past 50 years, but this school’s dedication to a quality education remains steadfast. Look back at MCC’s past and how it has maintained its promise. ...

Erin Gianaras had an ischemic stroke when she was only 27 years old. Her powerful story brings awareness to stroke risk factors, symptoms and recovery expectations. ...

Rid the word "boring" from your vocabulary. We've picked out more than a dozen quintessential hometown festivals that are sure to fill up your summer schedule with food, music and a little magic. ...

Recreation opportunities abound in our region! Here are a few of the best our area has to offer. July Barrington Cruise Nights Through Aug. 31, Th. 6:30 p.m. Themes include muscle cars, Corvettes and cars from the ‘50s and ‘60s. Features local food vendors, entertainment, kids’ activities, raffles and prizes. All vehicles welcome. Parking lot at Cook and Station streets, ...

This nonprofit group in McHenry County provides housing assistance, peer support and employment assistance to veterans in need. The nonprofit is always looking to help more veterans and gather more volunteers. ...

Encouraged by increasing demand, many of our region's small business leaders are making the commitment to expand or to launch their new enterprise. Before you pull the trigger, learn how banking services can help you to reach your goal. ...

Cancer care is more advanced today than ever before. Patient outcomes look more and more favorable, and the credit goes to a variety of medical professionals and even patients themselves. Learn how medical experts in our region play a part in curing care. ...