FEATURES
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25 Local People Who Inspire

Meet 25 individuals who exemplify the reasons this region is a great place to live, work and play. They come from all walks of life and all corners of the region, but what distinguishes them is their dedication to transforming lives.






FEATURES
February, 2000, 27,500 feet over the Atlantic, approaching Africa: Kevin Uliassi stands in the open hatch of his capsule while controlling the overhead propane burners, during his attempt to circumnavigate the earth in a balloon.(JReneeLLC photo)
Around the World (Almost) in a Balloon

Since the late 1700s, people have been trying to fly farther and faster by way of hot air balloon. In recent times, a fair number have had ties to the Rockford, area, including Kevin Uliassi, who launched from Loves Park.






FEATURES
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The Buzz About Beloit International Film Festival

Now in its 12th year, Beloit International Film Festival has become one of most anticipated events in our region. Learn everything you need to know about this year’s 10-day event.






ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Therese Rowinski, owner of 317 Studio in Rockford, has found a loyal following for her Loaded Brush workshops, which are held at the downtown studio and scenic locations in town.
Explore these Forms of Hands-On Artistry

Art isn’t so intimidating when you’re guided by experienced creative teachers. In these studios, you can get creative with paint, pottery, glass or even wood burning.






REGIONAL DINING
Vito Olszewski, head chef and owner of Vito’s Ristorante, in Roscoe, Ill., works alongside his son, Adam, and several other family members.
Vito’s Ristorante: A Familiar Name in a New Location

It’s a family affair at this new destination in Roscoe, Ill. Meet the familiar faces behind this operation, and discover why it’s thriving in its new setting.






HOME & GARDEN
Look for gray tones, real or imitation wood flooring, leather upholstery and internet-connected appliances in the modern home.
There’s No Time Like Now for Interior Updates

Your home deserves better than shabby decor, inefficient appliances and an outdated kitchen. Check out the latest trends in everything from furniture to flooring.






HEALTH & FITNESS
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2017 Annual Healthcare Guide

Welcome to the Region’s Most Comprehensive Guide to Living a Healthier Life<






NORTHWEST WOMAN
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How to Plan the Perfect Wedding

Planning a wedding is exciting, but inevitably there will be stressful moments throughout the process. Learn some tips and tricks for making planning enjoyable, simple and fun.






MIND & SPIRIT
The YMCA has developed programs to engage young people in a positive environment, through activities like weekend gatherings and volunteer projects.
How YMCA Helps to Strengthen Communities

The YMCA may be best known for its gym equipment and exercise facilities, but that’s just the beginning of this community-building organization. Discover how the Y continues to impact the region, through its core mission.






RECREATION & DESTINATIONS
Midway Village Museum, in Rockford, is filled with unique artifacts from the region’s history, including this airplane currently housed in the Flight Gallery.
Midway Village: A Great Place to Experience Local History

Whether you visit the history museum indoors or the Victorian village outdoors, Rockford’s amazing history museum provides many chances to engage with the stories of the people who’ve shaped our region.






PERSONAL & FINANCE
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2017 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
New projects are in the works at Beloit’s Gateway Business Park, where a diverse range of businesses are tapping into the adjacent interstate highway system.
A Promising Outlook for Economic Success

Explore how seven communities are supercharging recent developments, how they’re setting the stage for new things to come, and why they’re optimistic about their prospects for the coming 12 months.