Recreation & Destinations
Started by a group of retired educators who wanted to inspire local children, the Children’s Hands-On Museum of Northwest Illinois has become a family fixture at Freeport’s Lincoln Mall. (Sherry Maves photos)

Freeport’s New Attraction for Families


Some museums ask you not to touch anything, but at this hands-on attraction, it’s openly encouraged. Step inside this family fixture and learn how a group of retired educators turned a dream into a reality.

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The Byron Forest Preserve District offers various preschool and summer camps, plus many other family activities.

Byron Forest Preserve District Grows in Popularity

This small-town nature preserve just keeps on racking up the recognition for its work in conservation and education — not to mention its acquisition of some special property.

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815 Outside invites families to visit the many forest preserves, parks and land trust properties scattered across Winnebago County. (Jamie B. Johannsen/ Forest Preserves of Winnebago County photos)

815 Outside Builds Enjoyment of Natural Areas

This county-wide initiative is encouraging residents to put down their electronics and enjoy the diverse natural landscapes inside our county forest preserves. Learn how you can get involved.

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Midway Village Museum’s World War II Days in Rockford, happening this Sept. 21-22, draws some 1,200 reenactors who bring original military equipment in tow. (Midway Village Museum photo)

Thousands Prepare for WWII Reenactment at Midway Village

It’s time once again for one of the nation’s largest World War II reenactments to commence in Rockford. Here’s what you need to know about what’s happening this year.

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Enjoy a relaxing getaway in the peaceful lakeside environment of The Geneva Inn, in Lake Geneva. Take advantage of the outdoor patio overlooking Geneva Lake and enjoy succulent cuisine from land or sea at the Inn’s Grandview Restaurant. (The Geneva Inn photos)

NWQ Getaway Guide, Summer-Fall Edition

Time for a road trip! Here are some great getaway spots located just far enough away.

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Recreation & Destinations SMART LIVING WEEKLY
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Smart Living Weekly – August 28, 2019

  Sept. 7 & 8: Welcome to Greek Fest! Right in Our Region: It’s that time of year when the people of Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 108…
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Smart Living Weekly – August 21, 2019

  815 Outside Helps You Navigate Our Parks Right in Our Region: Becoming healthier in body, mind, and spirit is as simple as going outdoors to enjoy one of the…
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Smart Living Weekly – June 12, 2019

  Music by the Lake Returns for 19th Season Right in Our Region: With a musical lineup as varied as the stars shining above it, Music by the Lake’s latest…
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