A fireplace can instantly turn a house into a home and, with a fuel efficient gas fireplace, you can stay cozy in front of a crackling fire without the back-breaking wood chopping. While traditional wood and gas fireplaces still are popular, new direct-vent fireplaces are built to keep more heat in the home. Snuggling up in front of a cozy ...

From a small outpost in the cornfields to Rockford's market leader, this locally controlled bank has built itself on a partnership with the community. ...

Rockford's Plumbers, Pipefitters and HVACR union has found lasting success by investing in its members ability to work at the cutting edge of technology. ...

Since Prohibition ended, Mary’s Place has been serving customers at its humble location on the Rock River. Owner Becky Haddad and her son, Jason, have a plethora of tales to tell about the storied history of making it Rockford’s oldest continuously operated bar. ...

In the shifting reality of this new economy, regional leaders are embracing the uncertainty and doubling down on the strategies and mindsets that have led to serious growth over the past decade. ...

The “Reach for the Stars Project” brings every fourth-grade student in the Rockford Public Schools system to one performance a year at the Coronado Performing Arts Center. ...

It's been a storied 50 years for Merlin's Greenhouse & Flowers. See how the Hagemann family keeps this business thriving into a new generation. ...

As Illinois and Wisconsin raced to be the first states that enshrined women’s voting rights in the Constitution, a wider movement was also being led by women in our region. Learn how their work impacted life as we know it today. ...

Started as a way of honoring a Belvidere mother's late son, Andy's Books for Kids has become a fixture in classrooms all over our region, and beyond. This is the real power of books. ...

As one of the nation's longest-running music clubs, the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center has been a home for Rockford-area musicians and a community support in many ways. ...