Arvidson Pools and Spas: For 60 Years, a Culture of Positive Thinking

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.

Cozy Up That Beautiful Backyard Hangout

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.

Nooks & Crannies, Holiday Edition

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…
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Country Church/City Church

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.

Sweet Treats to Excite Your Senses

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.

Design the Backyard Pool of Your Dreams

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.

Why Manufacturing Education Matters

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.

Arvidson Pools & Spas

3209 S. Route 31, Crystal Lake, Ill.
(815) 459-0660
2222 Rand Road, Palatine, Ill.
(847) 359-4490
1880 Lincoln Hwy., St. Charles, Ill.
(630) 377-2655

Hear the Sweet Sounds of Summer

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.

Events @ a Glance: Arts & Entertainment Calendar

There’s so much to do in our region! Here’s a look at what’s coming up this season in our many arts venues.