Check out these unusual and inventive stores around our area. ...

Meet three women taking risks and working hard to succeed in balancing career ambitions and family life. ...

Why settle for the mall when our region has so many great shops? Ditch the road traffic and instead experience a day on the rails, stopping in at several downtown shopping districts along the Metra lines. ...

The Aurora Festival of Lights is back, with more than 200 displays of holiday lights. See what's in store for this year's event, one of the region's largest outdoor displays. ...

Some of the world's most creative minds have joined the long-running list of speakers at this Woodstock Opera House event. Check out how these shows have inspired locals for decades. ...

Maintaining your weight during the holiday season is tough, what with all that rich, heavy food around. Tiffanie Young, of Centegra Health System, offers pointers on how to eat smart and have fun. ...

What's fall without some outdoors adventures and a celebration of the bounteous harvest? Discover four quintessential Midwestern gatherings that boast plenty of pumpkins, farmsteads, scarecrows and zombies. ...

Sure, some parts of our region look a lot like suburbia, but don't be fooled, agricultural pursuits and the rural lifestyle are still thoroughly ingrained in our culture. Rhonda Mix looks at the enduring significance of the fair. ...

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

Check out these unique destinations that reflect the genuine character of our region. The Catlow Theater 116 W. Main St., Barrington, (847) 381-0777, thecatlow.com This classic movie house offers a grand setting for watching new and old movies alike. Built in 1926 by businessman Wright Catlow, the theater sits upon the former Auditorium, Barrington’s original gathering space and movie house. ...