FEATURES
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Our Pioneer Roots: Stephen and Hononegah Mack

The marriage of Stephen and Hononegah Mack led to an interesting future for the Rock River Valley. Janine Pumilia explores the Macks’ role in our region’s history and unveils how Macktown Living History keeps their stories alive.

FEATURES
The Lake Geneva area offers numerous options for a scenic summertime retreat, from million-dollar lakeshore mansions to quiet, secluded cottages.
How to Locate Your Summertime Escape

There are many factors to consider before purchasing or renting a vacation home. Learn what questions to ask and where the prime retreats are located in our region.

FEATURES
Now a professor at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Schanes passes on her knowledge to the next generation of wig builders. She also operates CHRISTALine Studios, where part of her mission is to make free wigs for those affected by medical hair loss.
‘Wigging Out’ with Christal Schanes

Her Rockford roots played a large part in her success. Learn how this ever-evolving artist found opportunities in our region that led to winning two Emmy Awards and launching a nonprofit that helps cancer patients.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
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A Neighborhood Supporting the Arts

A group of generous neighbors came together to help fund a Rockford Symphony Orchestra performance, and in the process drew an entire community together for a common cause.

REGIONAL DINING
More taco selections are coming to Mary’s Market. New additions include honey chipotle chicken, blackened shrimp and State Street steak tacos. (Mary’s Market photos)
Mary’s Market Expands to Fourth Location

The longtime Rockford favorite is growing this year, as it opens a new location and expands upon its cafe-style menu. That’s not all that has locals excited.

HOME & GARDEN
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Maintaining Your Home’s Curb Appeal

The summer months are an excellent time to update your home’s exterior. Experts in our area can help you keep your home looking brand new.

HEALTH & FITNESS
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The Realities of Stroke Recovery

These days, many stroke survivors make significant recoveries thanks to physical, occupational, speech and alternative therapies. But it’s a long journey. Discover the realities of stroke recovery and learn how you can prevent the worst.

NORTHWEST WOMAN
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Texture, Color & Prints to Wake Up Your Wardrobe

These styles are sure to impress all season long (Photo gallery)

MIND & SPIRIT
Guests who attend “Party on the Prairie” can enjoy a wagon ride through Nygren Wetland Preserve, which presents an opportunity to take in the mid-summer native wildflowers and wildlife.
A Night Out to Support Conservation Efforts

“Party on the Prairie” serves as a major fundraiser for Nygren Wetland Preserve, but it also gives visitors a chance to explore the soothing landscape. Learn what’s in store for this year’s event and find out how you can get involved.

RECREATION & DESTINATIONS
The Goldmoor Inn resides on a spacious property at 9001 W. Sand Hill Road, Galena. Most guests who visit come for a relaxing getaway.
The Goldmoor Inn: A Relaxing Escape into Nature

The Goldmoor Inn encourages a peaceful retreat into spacious accommodations – most of which overlook the Mississippi River. Discover the stunning views, fine dining and other luxuries that await.

PERSONAL & FINANCE
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Proven Professionals: A Trusted Partner in Your Success

It takes a lot of partners working toward a common goal to keep your financial aspirations a reality. Meet a few of our region’s trusted experts in the realm of law, finance, investment, insurance and accountancy.

NW BUSINESS MAGAZINE
Quantum Design has expanded beyond engineered control systems and now serves the steel manufacturing and printing industries, as well.
An Era of Expansion: Manufacturing Basks in a Golden Age

It’s no mirage: In this economic recovery, Rockford’s manufacturers are growing in leaps and bounds, bringing with them renewed prosperity for local workers, numerous opportunities for area suppliers, and plenty of growing pains, to boot.