FEATURES
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The Stagecoach Era

It lasted only a few decades, but this period in the mid-1800s had a significant impact on our region, as settlements were linked, mail was managed and groundwork was laid for future transportation systems.






FEATURES
Dancer, one of the reindeer at Summerfield Zoo, recently gave birth to a baby calf. Dancer is named after one of Santa’s reindeer. (Photos by David, Adrienne & Amelia Olson, David C. Olson Photography)
Community Rallies for Summerfield Zoo

After Summerfield Zoo in Belvidere was hit by a tornado last year, owners Rick and Tammy Anderson wondered if they’d have to close shop. Then something wonderful happened.






FEATURES
Medicinal Chemistry PhD student student Jing Li has discovered a new and important role for the protein TDP1.
Good Medicine for the Community & Economy

In 2010, the UIC College of Pharmacy expanded to Rockford, where nurse and physician training colleges were already in place. Find out why it’s already ranked among the top pharmacy schools in the nation.






ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Rockford Dance Company has a diverse lineup of performances for the 2016-17 season, including work from special guest choreographers.
Rockford Dance Company’s ‘Turning Pointe’

Prance behind the scenes of Rockford Dance Company to learn about its diverse lineup of performances for the 2016-17 season, including work from special guest choreographers.






REGIONAL DINING
Take home excellent foods or eat lunch on the go at 640 Meats.
640 Meats: A Meat Lover’s Paradise

If you’re hosting a weekend cookout, 640 Meats has you covered. But this friendly neighborhood meat market also serves up delicious deli cuts and sandwiches.






HOME & GARDEN
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Maybe It’s Time for Custom Cabinetry

These days, you can let your creativity flourish when planning a kitchen makeover. The team at Premier Woodwork can customize cabinetry to just about any specifications.






HEALTH & FITNESS
No matter how they’re caused, traumatic injuries are no fun for patients and can be challenging for doctors to treat.
Treating Orthopedic Trauma Patients

Without notice, you can find yourself nursing a serious injury thanks to a fall, car crash, a workplace accident or a contact sport. The long road to recovery requires a team of dedicated healthcare professionals.






NORTHWEST WOMAN
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Weddings 2016: Dreamy Wedding Backdrops

We’ve looked high and low for some of this area’s most spectacular wedding destinations. Discover some of our favorites, and discover exclusive content from the stories of couples who recently said “I do.”






MIND & SPIRIT
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Midtown District Celebrates Color and Culture

Rockford’s Midtown District is blooming into a thriving community, in part due to its annual Ethnic Parade and Festival. Learn how this neighborhood celebrates diversity and culture.






RECREATION & DESTINATIONS
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Head to the Lake at These Idyllic Retreats

You don’t need to travel far to have a fun summer vacation. These four destinations known for their watery attractions are just a day trip away.






PERSONAL & FINANCE
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How Important is Timing?

Timing a purchase as big as your home can have long-term effects. Jonathan Krause, of Gambino Realtors in Rockford, shares how timing might impact your next real estate transaction.






NW BUSINESS MAGAZINE
Advanced Machine & Engineering first hired Nick Roeling as an apprentice and taught him to refine metal parts on manual machines. Today he is a sales associate at the company.
Inside Manufacturing: Retooling the Future at AME & Hennig

Their work with machine tools has given Advanced Machine & Engineering and its sister company, Hennig Inc., a global reputation for com-engineered manufacturing products. See inside this Rockford operation.