FEATURES
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25 Most Interesting People of 2019

These stories of extraordinary courage, vision and passion present a powerful reminder of the transformations happening all around our region – and the everyday heroes who provide a guiding light.

FEATURES
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7 Luxurious Winter Retreats

Are you in the mood for a weekend getaway with plenty of luxury? Check out a few places in our region that’ll help you live like royalty this winter.

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‘The Sugarmaker’

With some help from the maple trees on his property, Brad Meinert has found a way to beat the cabin fever blues and make life a little sweeter. His homemade maple syrup is all-natural and worth the many hours of labor.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
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Arts Hot Spots You’ve (Probably) Never Heard Of

You don’t have to visit a large entertainment venue to see an amazing show by a nationally touring artist. Read about some intimate hot spots off the beaten path that are putting on some high-caliber productions, often in unexpected places.

REGIONAL DINING
Legacy, at Giovanni’s in Rockford, has the look and feel of a restaurant found in a big city, and it’s the sort of place founder/chef Al Castrogiovanni believes Rockford deserves. (GrahamSpencer photos)
Legacy: The Fine Dining Experience ‘Rockford Deserves’

This intimate and upbeat steakhouse looks like a modern, upscale fixture you’re more likely to see in a larger city, like Chicago or New York. Step inside this trendy new hangout and find out what else sets it apart from the local scene.

HOME & GARDEN
Achieving a beautiful outdoor space like this one is easier than ever now, thanks to improvements in materials, both man-made and natural. (Proven Winners photo)
Springtime Tips for Outdoor Bliss

Warmer weather calls for an outdoor project. Improve the appearance of your yard with the help of local experts, who share tips inside.

HEALTH & FITNESS
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2019 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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Wedding Planning Advice From a Bride-To-Be

Wedding planning should be way more fun than it is stressful. Step into the experience of our managing editor as she shares her advice for planning a wedding in our area.

MIND & SPIRIT
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Ways You Can Volunteer in Our Region

There are numerous ways to help others in our community. Browse the following organizations to see if you’re familiar with the many volunteering opportunities in our region.

RECREATION & DESTINATIONS
The Rock River ties together all of the nearly 40 communities along the Rock River Trail. Travel by car and you’re likely to spot scenic vistas, quaint hometown shops, historical destinations and plenty of unique finds.
Many Ways to Experience the Rock River Trail

Whether you decide to drive it, paddle it or even hike it, you can explore a wide variety of sights as you traverse through northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin’s Rock River Valley.

PERSONAL & FINANCE
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2019 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
Rockford’s downtown riverfront has been a symbol of the region’s numerous economic development successes over the past few years. It continues to be a hot spot for development, with the ongoing transformation of the abandoned Amerock/Ziock building into an Embassy Suites hotel. (Samantha Behling photo)
An Economic Development Report: This Year’s Wins Build on Last Year’s Successes

New construction and expanding redevelopment opportunities – coupled with investment in workforce development – have kept the region humming. Experts in Beloit, Freeport and Rockford sound off on the big ideas for the year ahead.