FEATURES
Adult great horned owl (David C. Olson photo)
The Wisdom of Night’s Silent Flyers

There’s no better time to look and listen for our region’s many types of owls. Check out the tips and insight of local raptor experts on where to see them in the Northwest Territory.






FEATURES
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John Heyl Vincent: Founder of the Chautauqua Movement

Once the pastor of Rockford’s Court Street Methodist Church and a close friend of Robert Tinker, Vincent spurred the creation of summer schools, correspondence courses and university extension programs, not to mention “Book of the Month” clubs.






FEATURES
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Why ‘Swedishness’ Still Matters to Rockford

As the Swedish Historical Society of Rockford celebrates its 75th anniversary, it looks to the future as well as the past. But what does ‘Swedishness’ really mean, and how is it still influencing Rockford today?






ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
The Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra, an independent nonprofit group, is built upon the work of volunteer musicians who love to perform.  (Sarah Soenke photo)
Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra, Driven by Passion

For nearly 15 years, this all-volunteer orchestra has grown through the dedicated passion of its musicians. See what’s still to come in this year’s lineup, which is full of surprises.






REGIONAL DINING
John and Pam Lack at their newest location at 7125 Harrison Ave.
Johnny Pamcakes: Preparing Good, Old-Fashioned Food

The couple behind Rockford’s popular family-style breakfast restaurant has made the leap and opened a second location. But don’t worry — they have plenty of quality dishes and friendly service to go around.






HOME & GARDEN
Relaxing whit his best friend
Healthy Seniors: When You Need a Helping Hand

Part of our series on healthy senior living. Aging is a natural part of life, but it eventually comes with day-to-day challenges. Our NWQ Guide to Healthy Senior Living is here to help.






HEALTH & FITNESS
SwedishAmerican Health System, a division of UW Health, is using new screening methods to help those who are most at risk for lung cancers.
New Hope for Cancer Patients

Today, a cancer diagnosis holds less cause for fear. Continuous innovation in medicines, procedures and therapies gives fresh hope to patients that lives can be spared and lived to the fullest.






NORTHWEST WOMAN
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Four Ladies Changing Their Worlds

From sailing the seas to prosecuting criminals, these amazing women are changing the world and setting new standards for women in their workplaces.






MIND & SPIRIT
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NWQ Guide to Schools 2016

The Rockford area boasts several high-quality private schools that successfully combine college-preparatory academics and the liberal arts. To help with your decisions, we’ve found a few of the best public and private institutions.






RECREATION & DESTINATIONS
The 18 canyons at Starved Rock State Park, in Utica, Ill., are a marvel during winter, when the waterfalls have frozen over.
NWQ Holiday Getaway Guide

A great weekend’s journey is right inside our region. Here are some of our area’s excellent places to play.






PERSONAL & FINANCE
Senior Couple on the Beach
Maximize Your Social Security Benefits

Palmer Klaas, of Palmer Klaas Financial Group LLC, explains how recent changes to laws may impact the best strategies for getting the most out of Social Security benefits.






NW BUSINESS MAGAZINE
Jeff Metters, rapid prototyping tech at NIU EIGERlab’s Center for Product Design, cleans components that were manufactured in one of the center’s 3-D printers.
NIU EIGERlab Helps Rockford to Meet the Future

The next manufacuring revolution is around the corner, and Rockford will be ready for it — if NIU EIGERlab has its way. Discover how Rockford’s business accelerator is connecting with key players and changing its game.