FEATURES
Tyler Sikura was the IceHogs’ most valuable player last season. His younger brother, Dylan, is also on the team.
20 Years of Rockford IceHogs Hockey

Our beloved team has seen ups and downs, but that won’t stop local hockey fans from clanging their cowbells at many games still to come. See how the ‘Hogs have brought excitement and goodwill to Rockford over the past two decades.

FEATURES
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Holiday Shopping: 20 Gift Ideas You Won’t Find on Amazon

If your idea of holiday shopping is buying what a robot thinks you want, you’re missing out. Call us old-fashioned, but we think there’s something irresistible about locally owned stores. So, we tracked down a few ideas to help you get started.

FEATURES
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The Birth of a ‘Jenny’

Once the most common airplane in North America, the Curtiss JN-4 Jenny inspired a generation of early aviators. Now, a group of dedicated aviation enthusiasts at Poplar Grove Airport is building one – and they’re doing it from scratch.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
After he retired in 1996, Dr. Roger Goodspeed became a full-fledged artist. His abstract work has been garnering local attention over the past five years.
Freeport’s Dr. Roger Goodspeed: Transforming Music into Abstract Art

After he retired in 1996, Dr. Roger Goodspeed became a full-fledged artist. Meet the man whose abstract work has been garnering local attention over the past five years.

REGIONAL DINING
The secret to making delicious meals at this Italian restaurant is simple. All of the food is made from scratch with top quality ingredients.
Restaurant Profile: Lino’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant

Homemade Italian food is a staple at this longtime favorite, and it’s one of many ways this restaurant continues to feel like home.

HOME & GARDEN
The Council of Rockford Gardeners (CRG) and its five clubs strive to engage Rockfordians in gardening, philanthropy and other horticultural endeavors.
Garden Council: Growing Pride in Rockford for Nearly 40 Years

For nearly 40 years, this collection of garden clubs has been striving to keep Rockford beautiful. Learn about the club’s philanthropic activities and find out how you can get involved.

HEALTH & FITNESS
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Proactive Ways to Improve Your Mental Health

Everyone has mental health low points, similar to having a common cold. Heed the advice from local medical professionals on how to be proactive about your mental health

NORTHWEST WOMAN
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Helping Local Refugee Mothers to Feel at Home

>The Rockford Woman’s Club has started working with refugee mothers of children in the Rockford Public Schools. Find out how the club is helping these refugees and learn how you can get involved.

MIND & SPIRIT
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NWQ’s 2019 Guide to Schools

The Rockford area boasts several high-quality schools that successfully combine college-preparatory academics and the liberal arts. To help with your decisions on your child’s education, we’ve found a few of the best.

RECREATION & DESTINATIONS
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Thomas the Tank Engine Comes To Life at Discovery Center Museum

The “Thomas & Friends” exhibit at the Discovery Center Museum encourages children to play while learning valuable concepts in science, technology, engineering and math. Learn what else awaits for kids and adults this winter.

PERSONAL & FINANCE
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Stillman Bank: Finding Peace in Stock Market Investing

Learn why inner peace is the key to investing, according to Keith Akre from Stillman Bank.

NW BUSINESS MAGAZINE
Mercyhealth’s New Javon Bea Hospital and Physician Clinic–Riverside (Photos provided by Mercyhealth)
Mercyhealth’s Hospital: Inside Rockford’s Biggest Development

Bringing a vision to life in northeast Rockford, Mercyhealth has spent more than $505 million on its new hospital, all the while investing at its longtime west Rockford home.