Sometimes health emergencies are quite preventable. Learn how you can be proactive about your health by first controlling your risk factors. ...

Homelessness may not seem like something that happens in northern Cook County, but it does. Meet a group that's there to help area homeless to navigate a challenging time in life, and learn how you can help. ...

This family-owned firm has spent six decades creating beautiful backyard pools. Find out how the third-generation president continues to push this company in new directions. ...

Now that it's finally time to gather outdoors, it's a good time to re-evaluate whether your space is truly inviting, or if it needs some help. Local landscaping experts offer their tips for making a true statement that invites guests to your backyard retreat. ...

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 ...

Organized religion played a major role in the settling of Illinois and continues to influence the culture of our region. We enjoy highlighting places of worship, one in the country and one in the city, in each issue. ...

Satisfy your sweet tooth this season with a trip to the local confectioner. We explore six must-see stops and some of their signature treats. ...

Imagine having your own built-in vacation spot, a relaxing pool deck where you and your family can escape this summer. Dream no more, with some advice from these local experts. ...

Forget what you think you know about factories. Many of today’s production centers are clean, high-tech places to work – and these employers are thirsty for a new generation of workers. ...

Summertime is nearly here, and so are a variety of outdoor musical shows, from major headliners to local acts. See a summary of a few local hotspots inside. ...