FEATURES
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50 Fall Favorites

Apple orchards, cornfield mazes, IceHogs games … our region has a plethora of activities to keep you busy during Autumn. Make the most of the season by undertaking as many of these 50 adventures as you possibly can.

FEATURES
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Major General John Borling: The Poet POW

When he retired as a Major General in 1996, John Borling’s career had spanned 37 eventful years. His most challenging period occurred when he endured 6.5 years as a prisoner of war (POW) in North Vietnam. Here, the Rockford resident shares his story.

FEATURES
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The Wonders of Our Trees

This time of year, their bright colors light up our landscape in amazing ways, but there’s far more to love about trees than mere aesthetics. Explore the many ways trees enrich our communities and our environment.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
John Carlson and Sophie Ellis perform in Rockford Dance Company’s production of “The Nutcracker” on Dec. 1-2 at the Coronado Performing Arts Center. (Samantha Behling photo)
Rockford Dance Company’s ‘The Nutcracker’ Returns

Every year, Rockford Dance Company dazzles local audiences with its production of “The Nutcracker.” Learn why this year’s production is leaping to new heights.

REGIONAL DINING
The Mackaveli from 15th and Chris, in Rockford
The Best Burgers Off the Beaten Path

Great burgers are everywhere, and they’re especially rewarding when found well off the beaten path. Check out seven places well off the radar that are producing some of the best burgers you’ve never heard of.

HOME & GARDEN
Gustafson’s is part of the country’s largest furniture-buying organization, enabling Gustafson’s to purchase with more than 500 stores and pass cost savings on to customers.
Keeping Customers Happy For 90 Years at Gustafson’s

Friendly service and quality furniture have kept this locally owned business thriving for 90 years. Meet the family behind this Rockford-based company and find out how the next generation is evolving with the times.

HEALTH & FITNESS
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Women’s Health: The Many Ways Your OB/GYN Can Help

Dive into the world of obstetrics and gynecology to learn why it’s important for women to schedule regular checkups.

NORTHWEST WOMAN
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Fall-Friendly Wardrobe Essentials

Trendy fall styles that makes a real statement.

MIND & SPIRIT
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NWQ Guide to Colleges 2018

It’s never an easy choice when seeking the perfect college — there are plenty of things to consider. Here are some of the top institutions available here in our region.

RECREATION & DESTINATIONS
The Rockford Ravens Rugby Football Club gives people a chance to play rugby, make friends and serve in the community. (Samantha Behling photo)
Try Something New at Rugby Club

This unique sport is gaining popularity across the country and it’s catching fire among kids and adults in our area. Meet the players who make up the Ravens ruby club and find out how they’re making a positive impact.

PERSONAL & FINANCE
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Turn Your Assets into Retirement Income

David Cyrs, a Certified Financial Planner for Cyrs Wealth Advisors, in Rockford, shares how a financial planner can help you prepare for retirement.

NW BUSINESS MAGAZINE
Members of NIBCA’s predecessor, the Associated Builders and Contractors, during a gathering circa 1924. These men laid the foundation for NIBCA. (NIBCA/Glen Turpoff photo)
NIBCA: 100 Years of Advocating for Local Contractors

Widely known as the voice of the construction industry, the Northern Illinois Building Contractors Association represents 109 member contractors who have completed more than $1.5 billion worth of construction work over the past year alone.