Inspiring Women Living Their Dreams

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

100 Buy-Local Shopping Stops

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.

A Tradition That Brightens Aurora’s December

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.

Woodstock’s Creative Living Series Speakers Have Something to Say

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.

Health Tips: Celebrate the Season Without the Weight Gain

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.

Four Essential Fall Festivals

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.

Keepin’ It Country at the County Fair

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.

Genuine Northwest

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

Genuine Northwest

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…
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Spice Up Your Holiday Decorating

Traditional colors and accents are still the trendiest look you’ll find for holiday decorating, but there are plenty of fun twists available. Learn from three decorators how to craft a stylish holiday home.