(David C. Olson photo)
Spotting the Hawks

Only a few decades ago, hawks were nearly wiped out, when humans thoughtlessly poisoned them with DDT and other insecticides. Today, these magnificent creatures remind us that adapting to new realities is imperative for survival.

Seventh Street runs through the heart of Midtown District, which is roughly bounded by East State Street, Kishwaukee Street, Railroad Avenue and 11th Street.
Rockford’s Midtown Rising

The Midtown District of Rockford is experiencing a rebirth as developers rescue its lovely old buildings from years of disrepair. Paul Anthony Arco leads a tour of this neighborhood where a new community is thriving.

Put the Fun Back Into Shopping: NWQ’s Holiday Shopping Guide

There was a time when holiday shopping was a lot of fun, not just a chore accomplished at the mall or online. Start off your holiday season with some fun by checking out unique, locally owned businesses in these 10 destinations.

Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center: Music to Rockford’s Ears

For musicians and patrons alike, Mendelssohn has cultivated a community of music appreciation in Rockford. Now, its staff is looking to build even more connections with local arts organizations.

Josef Schwaiger and his son, James, bring a high-quality dining experience to Rockford.
Josef Barbados Steakhouse & Oyster Bar: Elegant and Casual Dining

Josef Schwaiger has traveled the world studying the culinary craft, which is on full display inside his five-star hidden gem of a restaurant.

Fall Planting: Do it Now for Years of Seasonal Color

Fall may provide an abundance of fall color, but did you know it’s also one of the best times of year to get new plants in the ground? Learn from the experts what plants generate great foliage this time of year.

Dr. Luan Elezi of Beloit Health System and NorthPointe Health Clinic in Roscoe, Ill., works with a young patient.
Pediatric Medicine: Helping Our Kids Feel Their Best

Parents have plenty to worry about — sickness, injuries, disease — but thankfully our region’s health systems are an ever-present partner in keeping our youngsters healthy. Discover a few ways our local hospitals are staying engaged.

Working Together for Breast Cancer Patients

Did you know that breakthroughs in breast reconstruction surgery are happening right here in Rockford? Meet a team of doctors and engineers who are changing the lives of women with cancer.

NWQ Guide to Colleges 2015

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.

NWQ Autumn Getaway Guide

A great weekend’s journey is right inside our region. Here are some of our area’s excellent places to play. Dubuque, Iowa: Experience Something Old and New Historic charm and fall…
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Financial Milestones For Your 50s, 60s and 70s

Don’t let opportunities pass by as you reach major age milestones. Jerry Korabik, financial advisor with Savant Capital Management in Geneva, shares some important dates when you can benefit from retirement planning.

Woodward’s 70-acre Rock Cut Campus looks and functions like a modern production center, but its open spaces and many windows create a seamless transition to the natural landscape. (Engine Studio photo)
Eyes on Future, Woodward Leads Transformation

Woodward Inc.’s new production center is just part of this aerospace supplier’s effort to transform our region. See how innovative thinking has led to investments in education, workforce development and culture change.