FEATURES
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Five Lakeside Retreats Where It’s Easy to Press Pause

Now that it’s finally time to start planning that family getaway, we’re dreaming of five nearby destinations where you can’t help but press pause at the water’s edge.

FEATURES
Families can explore blooming prairies and wetlands while visiting 12 learning stations during Family Nature Day, on June 23 at Nygren Wetland Preserve in Rockton, Ill.
Natural Land Institute’s 60th Anniversary

Thanks to one man’s devotion to our region’s ecology, Natural Land Institute has spent six decades protecting the wildlife habitat, wetlands and scenic beauty inherent to northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

FEATURES
Machine gun set up in railroad shop in Chateau Thierry, France. Company A, Ninth Machine Gun Battalion. (U.S. National Archives photo)
World War I: A Forgotten American Legacy

Though it pushed the United States onto the world stage, World War I also left unresolved numerous ethnic, religious and geo-political conflicts still facing us today. A century later, Jon McGinty examines its legacy in our region.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
(L-R) Maddie Hobson, Addie Fagan and Jenny Beck rehearse for “Jane Eyre,” which runs June 13-16 and July 18-22 at Starlight Theatre. (Lynne Conner photo)
Behind the Curtain of Starlight Theatre’s 52nd Season

Starlight Theatre’s summer productions are a culmination of hard work, high energy and community camaraderie. Preview this season’s lineup while glimpsing what happens behind the scenes.

REGIONAL DINING
The AvoCobbo bowl features spring mix, avocado, sweet potato, egg, grape tomatoes, cucumber, and hemp and sunflower seeds.
Thrive Cafe: Healthy, Flavorful Options

Finding a healthy meal that tastes good doesn’t have to be frustrating. At this trendy restaurant, you can feel good about eating food that’s healthy and delicious.

HOME & GARDEN
This pretty kitchen, newly remodeled by Benson Stone Company, features painted white Dura Supreme cabinets, a marble tile backsplash set in a herringbone pattern and quartz countertops in two colors. Many homeowners today are opening their kitchens to adjoining rooms by removing walls. A well-planned island can make up for lost storage space and provide a gathering place with seating.
Kitchen Renovation: A Project You Won’t Regret

Redoing this essential room can be challenging, so it’s important to complete your project right the first time. Local experts share valuable insights on what it takes to create a kitchen you can be proud to show off.

HEALTH & FITNESS
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Surviving Strokes and Brain Aneurysms

Brain emergencies are a big deal. Hear from local residents who are in the midst of recovery journeys, and learn what you need to know about risk factors, symptoms and recovery expectations.

NORTHWEST WOMAN
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Summertime Style: Cute, Comfy & Colorful

This trendy summer style makes a real statement. (Photo Gallery included)

MIND & SPIRIT
A 6-foot-tall taxidermy bull bison towers over the recently renovated museum at Jarrett Prairie Center, in Byron, Ill.
Major Renovations at Jarrett Prairie Center

There are plenty of new experiences awaiting at Jarrett Prairie Center. Learn what you can see, touch and experience at this award-winning museum.

RECREATION & DESTINATIONS
Heidel House’s location on the shores of Green Lake, in Wisconsin, puts it in an optimal location for recreation, dining and relaxing – and, of course, exploring the city of Green Lake.
NWQ Getaway Guide, Spring/Summer Edition

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

PERSONAL & FINANCE
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A Guide to Proven Professionals

In your personal and business finances you’re drafting a team of players who include attorneys, investment advisors, insurance advisors and certified public accountants (CPAs) all focused on helping you to attain your important goals.

NW BUSINESS MAGAZINE
To address challenges in recruiting engineers to the Rockford region, some companies maintain overseas design teams, says Paul Von Driska (center), of Bergstrom Inc.
The 2018 Engineering Leaders Roundtable

Exactly what role does engineering play in this region, and what makes it an important player in our prosperity? We met up with eight area leaders for a frank conversation on their impact to the region.