FEATURES
Beloit has experienced a renaissance over the past few decades. The Phoenix Beloit Apartments now offer luxurious living downtown.
The Beauty of Beloit: Cooperation is Feeding Progress

A plan called Beloit 2000 dates back to the 1980s, when the community came together to form a new vision for itself. In so many good ways, that dream has been realized.






FEATURES
Huntington Beach Pier in Huntington Beach, Calif. “I love the ocean and I love all sorts of landscapes,” Nordlof says. “To me, there is so much potential with oceans and water. I got the right twilight, and I liked what was happening with the water. This photo captured such great color. You can never reproduce the same twilight twice.”
The Adventures of Brad Nordlof

He’s traveled the world capturing serene landscapes, forgotten places and lively cityscapes glowing in the night. Here, the photographer shares some of his favorite images and the stories behind them.






FEATURES
Rendering of Founder’s Landing as viewed from Embasy Suites; Top Right: 304 Main; Bottom: Taco Betty’s.
Rockford’s Downtown Renaissance

Have you tried to find a parking space in downtown Rockford lately? It’s a bustling scene filled with people who not only work there but also eat, sleep and play in the city’s center. Tour the latest developments and see what’s next.






ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Actor Christopher Brady, a graduate of Hononegah High School in Rockton, is the newest director of Rock Valley College’s Starlight Theatre.
New Season, New Director at Starlight

Meet the newest leader at this Rockford summer classic, and learn about the road he took to get to where he is today.






REGIONAL DINING
Carl Murphy will oversee Capital House, a new high-end urban coffee house and bistro in downtown Rockford.
Capital House: Bringing a Big-City Feel to Rockford

One owner is from New York and the other is from Boston. Discover what brought two people to the Midwest in pursuit of a destination that’s about to become the talk of downtown Rockford.






HOME & GARDEN
Transforming your curb appeal from ho-hum to stand-out may not be as difficult as you think, when you work with reliable professionals who truly understand plants, products, design principles and your personal tastes.
Make the Most of Your Outdoor Spaces

The possibilities are endless when you’re planning improvements to your outdoor landscape. Learn from a few local experts how a few simple changes can have an exceptional impact on your yard.






HEALTH & FITNESS
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What Really Happens in the Emergency Room

From the ordinary and the bizarre to the downright miraculous, the experiences that happen inside the hospital emergency room vary from day to day. See what physicians are really up to inside our local ERs.






NORTHWEST WOMAN
Shoulder-flaunting top featuring gently ruffled and tiered sleeves by Briefly Paris at Eurostyle Plus.
Weekend Wardrobe: Early Summer Fashion

There’s a style for every wardrobe in this spring’s fashionable wear, available at local boutiques. Peek inside for a look at what’s popular this summer.






MIND & SPIRIT
Club Blue Marketing Chair Bridget Finn thanks her committee.Ryan Davis photos .
Club Blue: How Doing Something Good Helps Everyone

Inspired to reverse the region’s high rate of child abuse, this set of local moms is engaging the community to support the programs that serve sexually abused children.






RECREATION & DESTINATIONS
Park Hills Golf Course, in Freeport, boasts a challenging par-four No. 11 hole on its east course. Golfers start with a long uphill tee shot, and they must account for a dogleg right.
6 Challenging Golf Holes

These are the holes that test golfers’ souls – the meanest holes to be found at some of our region’s top courses. With some help from area golf pros, we look at the anatomy of these dastardly layouts and the strategies to help you prevail.






PERSONAL & FINANCE
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Proven Professionals: Guiding Your Way to Success

The key to your financial success is coalescing all of your Proven Professionals around your personal mission. This is your strategy to command, and these professionals are your team to engage.






NW BUSINESS MAGAZINE
Rockford’s long manufacturing heritage is an advantage to firms that hire skilled craftsmen, says Tom Busse, president of Rockford Toolcraft, a tool and die firm in Rockford. He adds that some other parts of the country don’t possess the same legacy and work ethic.
The 2017 Manufacturing Leaders Roundtable

In a world of evolving technologies, volatile political climates and global power shifts, there’s much to concern us but much to make us hopeful. We met with six local manufacturing leaders to reflect on what most impacts their companies.