FEATURES
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25 Local People Who Inspire

It’s easy to talk about transforming our region. But actually doing something to change the world – that’s the hard part. Meet 25 individuals who have made their mark through positive actions, both big and small.






FEATURES
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Raptors: Taking to the Skies in New Ways

Eagles, ospreys and falcons are some of the most creatively adaptive members of the raptor family. Learn how these birds are surviving and where to find them in our region.






FEATURES
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11 Ways to Overcome Cabin Fever

The last winds of winter aren’t a deterrent to fun, but rather an opportunity to enjoy activities that make our region special. Explore some destinations that only get better when cold winds blow.






ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
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Our Amazing Performing Arts Venues

The performing arts venues in our region are beyond impressive. With elaborate architecture and outstanding local performers, we’re lucky to have these entertainment havens so close to home.






REGIONAL DINING
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Our Region’s Original Flavors, From Morning till Night

The Old Northwest Territory is home to culinary talent like no other. Make note of these exemplary establishments for the next time you’re craving something delectable.






HOME & GARDEN
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Why We Choose to ‘Buy Local’

We can think of many reasons to buy local, from the feel-good to the economically good. Here’s an argument for why supporting locally owned businesses can boost our region’s economic health.






HEALTH & FITNESS
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2016 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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16 Unforgettable Wedding Venues

Before you say “I do,” check out some of our region’s most elegant, unique and otherwise special locations for hosting your wedding day.






MIND & SPIRIT
Rockford Public Schools students are making significant gains in classroom performance and are finding wide success in extracurricular activities.
Education: A Network of Quality Choices for Students

Schools around our region are making great strides in preparing the next generation. Learn how both public and private school systems are increasing options and creating stand-out results.






RECREATION & DESTINATIONS
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10 Reasons to Love the Rockford Region

With nationally recognized museums, award-winning restaurants and a host of hidden gems, the Rockford region has much to be proud of. Here are 10 reasons why we love this area.






PERSONAL & FINANCE
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2016 Guide to Professional Services Providers

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






NW BUSINESS MAGAZINE
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Positive Signals Indicate a Year of Growth

Around our region, sprigs of new business growth are leafing out. Discover what projects are in the works and what key metrics point to a good year for economic development.