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Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, and the Eclipse Lagoon. (Brad Nordlof photo)
Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens: Starting a New Century in Style

Standing like a gem on the banks of the Rock River, Sinnissippi Park’s new conservatory greets a new century of Rockford Park District service. See how it’s maturing into a beauty that once lived only in imagination.

Tinker Swiss Cottage
Getting to Know Rockford’s Historic Homes

Rockford’s bold entrepreneurs in the 1800s established banks, built furniture, opened factories and built a thriving economy. Gail Ravitts provides a glimpse of these local titans’ grand homes.

Bill and Rachel Gage enjoy Geneva Lake in their Gage-Hacker boat.
Resurrecting the Gage-Hacker Boat

Designed to cut through the choppy waters of Geneva Lake, this classic 1960s wooden boat is a local legend. Learn how Bill Gage Jr. is commemorating his father’s crowning achievement with a stylish new version.

High school students work on a home near SwedishAmerican Hospital as part of an international class project. (Brian Thomas photo)
SwedishAmerican Foundation: One House at a Time

This is how a neighborhood is restored to better health. Since 2000, this hospital’s foundation has invested more than $4.6 million to improve its surrounding blocks. See what happens when people do well by doing good.

Tom Hauff (right) and son Rob (Jon McGinty photo)
Know Your Neighbors: Tom Hauff

Military roots run deep in the family of this Glenview dentist, whose ancestors died fighting in the Civil War 150 years ago. Discover how three generations of war re-enactors are connecting with history.