It’s a brand new year, and we’re ready to freshen up our homes. Even if major projects aren’t in the budget, there are plenty of ways to give ourselves a lift and put our digs in tip-top condition. Here are a few simple ideas. ...

Sometimes we need to get away from the daily grind, so we can celebrate success and strategize for the future. Discover six ideal locations for your next meeting and learn from the pros how to host a successful event. ...

Our region has so many places to play and get away! Here are a few worth visiting this season. ...

Check out these unusual and inventive stores around our area. ...

It’s the time of year to say ‘I love you’ to that special someone in your life. Candy and flowers are popular gifts, but jewelry can go a long way toward making a lasting impression. Experts say the key is finding the most suitable piece for your particular loved one. Select gemstone jewelry that’s comfortable and fits her style and ...

We’ve survived another presidential election. So far, Illinois lays claim to four U.S. presidents: Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. How much do you know about these American leaders? ...

It's a marvel walking amongst our region's snow-covered woods. Executive Editor Janine Pumilia admires the lovely trees. ...

Discover a new restaurant that's cozy and inviting, and launched by a restaurateur who's worked every part of the business. ...

Why stay indoors when there's so much to explore in your own backyard? Jamie Johannsen leads a tour of the best outdoor winter activities our region has to offer. ...

Check out these unique destinations that reflect the genuine character of our region. ...