Globetrotting photographer Bradley Nordlof trains his eye on the elegance of spring and the exquisite sights found in the bounteous blooms of the Midwestern seasons. In this captivating photo spread, the Rockford lensman shares his insights on photographing nature’s rich spring pallete and training your eye to find the truly sublime in your own backyard. ...

Take a closer look and you might find remnants of the past, from prairie landscapes and early settlements to industrial and cultural wonders, all hiding in plain sight at our region's nature preserves. ...

Explore the Illinois River’s hidden gems, where vibrant communities, rich history and stunning natural beauty converge. From Joliet to Peoria, there's plenty of charm, adventure and timeless allure within these riverside destinations. ...

Music is far more than a career path for Kelly Steward and Miles Nielsen. It’s a passion, a way of life, a common thread, and the beginning of a love story that could only happen in a place like Rockford. And neither one of them would change a thing. ...

Grab your coat and keys! From local festivals to the great outdoors, there's no shortage of things to do in our region that'll help curb cabin fever. ...

It’s a fitting tribute to the patron saint of travelers and healers that a brand-new church in northern Lake County is assembled from a pair of forgotten parishes . That it all came together – and how it happened – is, in some ways, a miracle. ...

Photographer David C. Olson uses his long-distance lens to get up close and personal with a creature that’s mysterious, elusive, playful and mercurial but also fascinatingly fantastic. ...

In this latest holiday gift guide, the jolly old elf shares a few of his favorite locally owned businesses where you’re sure to find gifts that surprise, delight and amaze even the grinchiest among us. ...

Who says we have to spend all winter cooped up inside, seeking refuge from the snow and cold? Nature is calling – if only we stop and listen. ...

When the warm days of summer turn to the crisp days of autumn, we feel an urgency to enjoy the best this season has to offer, from apple orchards and pumpkin patches to homemade goodies that make the most of our abundant harvest. ...