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. ...

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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. ...

The city's long-running tradition is back in full swing this year, complete with a candy cane pull, a parade, special retail deals, and appearances by Santa Lucia and St. Nick. ...

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. ...

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The home improvement industry is white-hot right now, as people make the most of their new at-home lifestyles. But before you jump in, be sure you've done your homework. Here's where to start. ...

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Baseball helped point this Fox Valley Orthopedics surgeon to sports medicine. Say hello to Dr. James Sostak and find out what separates him from other orthopedic surgeons in the field. During his time at Benedictine University, Dr. James Sostak loved playing baseball. It was one of the catalysts that directed him to sports medicine. At the Stritch School of Medicine ...

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