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5 Authentic Midwestern Vacations

These warm months offer a fleeting, but meaningful, time to make the most of the Midwest’s best assets. Great food raised locally, still waters calming our souls, rustic retreats to lay our heads – are you already dreaming?

Krape Park (Dreibelbis + Fairweather photo)
Freeport’s Bright Future

Vision, collaboration and an entrepreneurial spirit have inspired the revitalization of Freeport. The city has much to be proud of, including its plans for further transformation.

From 500 BC to 900 AD, woodland Indians developed agriculture.
Illinois’ Bicentennial: The Challenging Road To American Statehood

In celebration of Illinois’ bicentennial, explore how the Prairie State became central to the U.S. in terms of economy, culture and politics, and learn how you can join in on the celebrations happening through this year.

Brothers Mark, Todd, John, Paul and Kurt Stricker
A Story ‘Maid’ in Harvard

Six brothers set out to find their fortunes, each guided by his work in the family bakery. This is the story of how those brothers have carried the lessons and work of their youth into successful enterprises that all lead back to home.

Judi Diamond, host of B103’s morning show, has made Rockford her home. One of her hobbies is doing yoga on the rooftop at The Standard.
Know Your Neighbors: Judi Diamond Adds Spice to the Airwaves

Judi Diamond brings energy and entertainment to the airways each morning. Say hello to this radio deejay and find out how the bumpy road she took to Rockford makes her appreciate the good things about our region.