Join Bill and Lisa Hughes, publishers of Northwest Quarterly, as they recount the incredible sights of their recent drive through the great American West. ...

Since long before French explorers settled the banks of the Illinois River, the Peoria area has beckoned to the adventurous. From native tribes to whiskey stills, vaudeville performers and giant earthmoving equipment, this city’s rich history is baked into its culture – and its top destinations. ...

Whether you’re yearning for a traditional vacation or looking for an afternoon excursion, it’s time for a change of scenery. We found 14 that are just far enough from home to feel like a true autumn getaway. ...

After decades of hard work and persistence by many people, the Ziock Building in downtown Rockford has finally been reborn as the Embassy Suites by Hilton Rockford Riverfront. ...

Bird watching is one of North America’s fastest growing and most popular hobbies. But signs suggest wild birds are in serious trouble. Is it possible they could go the way of their ancestors, the dinosaurs, and disappear? ...

They were rugged pioneers and captains of industry, and their influence on the Rock River Valley is still apparent today. Join Janine Pumilia as she dives into the stories of this family's arrival and impact on our history. ...

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. ...

A prolific collector of Rolls-Royce autos, Rodd Sala has found a true calling in these one-of-a-kind cars. ...

Our graphic designer, Samantha Behling, has a passion for raising monarch butterflies, a species that’s at risk. Her impressive photography speaks to the beauty and importance of these creatures. ...

He finds joy in the spiritual life as the leader of the Catholic Diocese of Rockford. ...