FEATURES
February, 2000, 27,500 feet over the Atlantic, approaching Africa: Kevin Uliassi stands in the open hatch of his capsule while controlling the overhead propane burners, during his attempt to circumnavigate the earth in a balloon.(JReneeLLC photo)
Around the World (Almost) in a Balloon

Since the late 1700s, people have been trying to fly farther and faster by way of hot air balloon. In recent times, a fair number have had ties to the Rockford, area, including Kevin Uliassi, who launched from Loves Park.






FEATURES
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The Buzz About Beloit International Film Festival

Now in its 12th year, 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.






FEATURES
“This past year I worked on a project photographing endangered reptiles and amphibians from around the world to bring awareness to the plight of these species,” says Olson. “This Veiled Chameleon is a truly prehistoric-looking reptile.”
A Photographer’s Journey: Wild Things!

Rockford native David C. Olson has produced some of the world’s best wildlife images, at times risking his life in their pursuit. His deep knowledge of, and sensitivity to, animal behavior and wildnerness survival have earned him clients around the globe.






ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
A pottery exhibit in the MAC art gallery.
Monroe Arts Center: Sometimes, Old and New Make a Perfect Team

The Monroe Arts Center has begun a new chapter of service, as it embraces a new, enhanced identity. Discover all there is to see at this valued institution.






REGIONAL DINING
Many recipes used at Stockholm Inn trace back to the Scandinavian ancestors of Rockford families, including the beloved Swedish pancakes.
The Stockholm Inn: A Rockford Classic with Scandinavian Soul

Discover how this longtime Rockford favorite honors the region’s Scandinavian ancestors, and why its traditions continue to endure.






HOME & GARDEN
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Home Fashion Trends for 2017

When it comes to home fashion trends, comfort and pretty details rule in 2017. Gather ideas for how you can spruce up your home.






HEALTH & FITNESS
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Caring for Hearts

Find out how advancements in heart care are helping to save lives.






NORTHWEST WOMAN
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How to Plan the Perfect Wedding

Planning a wedding is exciting, but inevitably there will be stressful moments throughout the process. Learn some tips and tricks for making planning enjoyable, simple and fun.






MIND & SPIRIT
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A Celebration of Life

Each of us will face final days on this earth, and each of us will face the loss of people we love. While we can’t change this fact, there’s plenty we can do to improve end-of-life quality and to memorialize those we’ve lost.






RECREATION & DESTINATIONS
About 70,000 people visit Sinnissippi Park each year to see these large works of art.
NWQ Getaway Guide, Winter Edition

A great weekend’s journey is hours away. Here are some excellent places to visit.






PERSONAL & FINANCE
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Life Insurance and Your Financial Plan

Nobody likes to think about death, but it’s important to be prepared for the unexpected. Michael Hibbard, of Alpine Bank in Rockford, explains how life insurance can help your family.






NW BUSINESS MAGAZINE
Students at the College of Medicine-Rockford use a high-tech Anatomage table to perform digital dissections of a human body and analyze various pathologies. It’s one of several new additions at the UIC Health Sciences Campus - Rockford.
The Economic Impact of Education

When you add up student expenses, professor salaries, research spending and the many other activities happening at the UIC Health Sciences Campus – Rockford, what does it really mean for our economy? Take a peak inside.