FEATURES
The Beloit International Film Festival runs Feb. 23 through March 4 at six venues around downtown Beloit.
What to Watch at Beloit’s 2018 Film Fest

Beloit International Film Festival has become one of most anticipated events in our region. Learn everything you need to know about this year’s 10-day event, and discover where to dine in between screenings.

FEATURES
Wilmot Mountain, in Wilmot, Wis.
A Hill & Some Snow: Where to Find Outdoor Fun This Winter

We hardy Midwesterners know that all it really takes to have some fun in the winter is a good hill, enough snow and the right equipment. Here are some of the best locations in our region to ski, board and sled.

FEATURES
Started as an idea at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, the Lincoln Academy’s annual recognition ceremony for outstanding Illinoisans will take place in Rockford this spring.
Lincoln Laureates to Celebrate in the Forest City

At the 1964 New York World’s Fair, brilliant minds conceived the idea of having an annual recognition ceremony for outstanding Illinosians. This year, the Lincoln Academy convenes in Rockford for the first time in nearly 50 years.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
“Corteo” is a Cirque du Soleil production that has toured to 64 cities and 19 countries. Tickets are on sale for six performances occurring from April 5 to 8 at the BMO Harris Bank Center, in Rockford. (Photo provided by "Corteo")
Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Corteo’ Swings into Rockford

Acrobats, musicians, singers and actors showcase their talent in “Corteo,” a family-friendly production that attempts to evoke awe, excitement and sometimes even tears from the audience.

REGIONAL DINING
The crispy fish taco is one of the mouth-watering items on the menu at Taco Betty’s, 212 E. State St., Rockford.  Samantha Behling photo)
Taco Betty’s: A Trendy Restaurant With Fun, Unique Tacos

Taco Betty’s has become one of the coolest and trendiest restaurants in downtown Rockford. Learn how the menu has evolved and find out what’s in store for the future.

HOME & GARDEN
When it comes to flooring, luxury vinyl plank is wildly popular due to its good looks, easy maintenance, durability and cost competitiveness. Shown here is Adura Seaport Sandpiper by Mannington. (Photos provided by Benson Stone Co.)
Navigating the Flooring Maze

Flooring is an important visual element that ties together a home. Learn how new technology and material are enabling cozy new looks in our homes.

HEALTH & FITNESS
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Insight and Tips From Local Cardiologists

There’s a lot you can do to stay “young at heart.” Learn from local cardiologists how you can take action against heart disease.

NORTHWEST WOMAN
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How to Plan the Perfect Wedding

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when planning your wedding. So many decisions to be made, and so many people to keep happy while making them. We’ve got you covered, with a look at what makes your wedding planning more manageable.

MIND & SPIRIT
Volunteers at The Literacy Council, in Rockford, help a wide variety of adults to improve their skills in reading, math and computers. (Photos provided by Sheryl Thogreson, executive director, The Literacy Council)
The Literacy Council: Empowering People of All Ages to Achieve

The Literacy Council’s volunteers have helped countless adults and children improve their reading, math and computer literacy skills. Learn how you can take a class at, or volunteer with, the organization.

RECREATION & DESTINATIONS
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, in Milwaukee’s Menomonee River neighborhood, has established a lively entertainment spot, with numerous casino games, regular appearances by big-name performers and a luxurious hotel with accommodations that provide sweeping city views. (Visit Milwaukee photo)
A Visit to Milwaukee: Showing off Why We Love Wisconsin

Our neighbors to the north sure know how to make the most of a season, and winter is no exception. We found some of the places where the locals love to play

PERSONAL & FINANCE
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CYRS Wealth Advisors: Why Not Retirement ESG Investing?

ESG Investing allows a person to align their portfolio with their personal values. Learn why CYRS Wealth Advisors is encouraging this type of investment.

NW BUSINESS MAGAZINE
Stenstrom Construction Group, in Rockford, transformed an abandoned factory in downtown Rockford into the UW Health Sports Factory, which now serves as a hub for sports tournaments and other gatherings. The work cost about $24.4 million. (Rockford Park District /Jesse Fox photo)
The Secret Behind Rockford’s Building Boom

As public and private organizations pour more than $2 billion of capital investments into the region, area construction firms are riding a long-awaited wave of prosperity. But is it too soon to declare this a “new normal”?