You’ll find turtles in wetlands all across the world, but there’s only one part of the globe where the Blanding’s turtle makes its home, and the Chicago area is one of its favorite places to dwell. Although development is creating challenges for this unique species, there’s plenty of hope in the work of local conservationists. ...

Those who know Lt. Col. Gina Stramaglio know that she doesn’t just fly for a living – she flies through life, in a tireless pursuit of serving others. From her experience in the military to her experience as a commercial pilot and a tireless volunteer, this South Barrington resident continues to inspire others in many ways. ...

When the summer air gets hot and muggy, there’s something cooling and refreshing about a getaway to the lake or river. Luckily, we have plenty of them nearby. Before you go planning your summer retreat, study up on some of the best ways to play, whether that’s staying at a resort, buying some property or planning your playtime. ...

At one time, nearly half of the residents of Geneva could claim ancestry from Sweden. While that’s not so much the case these days, the Swedes have left an indelible mark on this community, and it’s on full display during the annual Swedish Days Festival. Now going 72 years strong, this event is the best of traditions new and old. ...

Riverside Chocolate Factory, in McHenry, has long been attracting those who love a little sweet flavor. Take a tour inside and see how melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness comes together. ...

Every spring brings with it the arrival of new life. This miracle of nature comes in shapes big and small, and always right on time. Nature photographer David Olson has spent many years capturing the innocent moments between animals and their tender young, and here he displays some of his favorite aww-worthy scenes. ...

The right combination of function, color and accents makes these showstopping kitchens – and their adjacent spaces – a source of pride for these suburban families. ...

From busy cityscapes to quiet countryside, tidy subdivisions and bedroom communities to major thoroughfares, our region is an amazing patchwork of places, each with its own culture, its own identity and its own fascinating history. Take a tour through six communities that really put the Windy City into perspective. ...

Just because the fields are bare in winter doesn’t mean our local farmers have nothing to do. Step inside any of our region’s top indoors markets and you’ll be tempted by a wide array of fresh produce, meats, eggs, baked goods, and much, much more – all of it offered by local businesses that pride themselves on offering fresh-from-the-farm goodness. ...

There's a big advantage to the shopper who's well prepared – and even more so this year. So, why not get a head start and support local businesses in the process? Our latest guide has more than 100 ideas to get you started. ...