FEATURES
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25 Local People Who Inspire

Meet 25 individuals who have inspired others around them on the road to success. These stories of extraordinary courage, vision and passion present a powerful reminder of the transformations happening all around our region

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.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Rockford Art Museum, in Rockford, keeps its galleries rotating with numerous feature exhibits during the year, including the recent showing of young artists’ work, gathered from area schoolchildren.
Regional Art Museums Inspire the Soul

Art museums in our region allow children and adults to take an imaginative journey while learning a thing or two. Read about three art museums in our area and find some of the unique pieces that await inside.

REGIONAL DINING
Jayme Braatz, general manager of Merrill & Houston’s Steak Joint, in Beloit, strives to provide a cozy and familiar environment to diners.
Merrill & Houston’s Steak Joint: Serving Up a Home Away From Home

Mouthwatering steaks and succulent seafood are the stars at this Beloit steakhouse, but there’s plenty more to experience inside. Find out how this hangout at Ironworks Hotel pays tributes to its hometown in many ways.

HOME & GARDEN
Diane Feuillerat, of Kitchens by Diane, in Loves Park, Ill., coordinated the look of this dining room and kitchen to improve the overall flow between the two spaces. Homeowners are frequently looking to open the space around the kitchen and create a central hub for family activities. (Kitchens by Diane photo)
How Design Experts Maximize Function When It’s Time to Refresh Your Home

Design experts in our region are skilled at making homes both both beautiful and functional. Discover how you can make the most of your space, time and money to realize the kitchens and bathrooms you’ve always dreamed of owning.

HEALTH & FITNESS
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2018 Annual Healthcare Guide

Looking for a certain kind of hospital, specialty clinic, or expert physician within our region? Find what you’re looking for in the region’s most comprehensive guide to health care services.

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
With just 10 active members, the Kiwanis Club of Beloit is fighting to maintain its good works and increase membership as it prepares to celebrate the organization’s centennial in 2020.
Service Clubs Move Forward While Giving Back

You may not notice them at first, but service club members play a major role in our community. Read about four service clubs in our area and find out why their benevolent members are dedicated to helping others.

RECREATION & DESTINATIONS
Tristan Crist Magic Theater combines magic, comedy and illusion in a show that appeals to children and adults alike.
The Best of Lake Geneva

No matter what the season, Lake Geneva is prepared to offer visitors adventurous experiences for lifelong memories. Here, we share our favorite restaurants, hotels, shops and excursions to stumble upon during your stay.

PERSONAL & FINANCE
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2018 Guide to Professional Services Providers

>When it comes to selecting a financial professional, bank, attorney or insurance company, relationships matter. Browse through some of the region’s top providers, who pride themselves on building trust.

NW BUSINESS MAGAZINE
The introduction of the Jeep Cherokee line at Belvidere’s Fiat Chrysler plant has spurred the arrival of an estimated 900 new jobs at the plant and local suppliers. (FiatCrysler photo)
Economic Development: Expect Continued Growth in the Coming Year

Building off another impressive year of growth, area businesses are expanding their investments in new projects around northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. Get the scoop on what’s new in our region and what’s to come in the year ahead .