Haven’t we spent enough time in our homes over the past few months? It’s about time we got out and enjoyed this winter season. So, here are some of the best ways to embrace the cold, from playing in the snow and watching birds to warming our souls with good food and making memories that last a lifetime.

Thanks to a system of locks and dams built more than 80 years ago, the upper Mississippi River has become a vital link in world trade for our region. Join Jon McGinty as he tours some of Illinois' locks and dams, and introduces some of the people who rely on this waterway for a living.

A simple postcard can be an intriguing mystery to uncover. It shares a glimpse from those who travel, and it preserves special memories from our past.

Nature is all around us, if we know where to look. For local photographer Barbara Cunningham, signs of the natural world abound, as evidenced by the many types of birds she’s captured in her own backyard.

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