Recreation & Destinations
Park Hills Golf Course, in Freeport, boasts a challenging par-four No. 11 hole on its east course. Golfers start with a long uphill tee shot, and they must account for a dogleg right.

6 Challenging Golf Holes


These are the holes that test golfers’ souls – the meanest holes to be found at some of our region’s top courses. With some help from area golf pros, we look at the anatomy of these dastardly layouts and the strategies to help you prevail.

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Brews, live music and lakeside relaxation define a summer’s day at The Edgewater.

NWQ Early Summer Getaway Guide

Our region offers endless opportunities for holiday escapes. Here are a few ideas for an easy weekend getaway this spring.






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Rockford’s City Market returns to downtown this summer with events every Friday through September. Look for fresh produce, local food, artisan goods, beer and wine.

Events @ a Glance: Recreation & Destinations Calendar

Recreation opportunities abound in our region! Here are a few of the best our area has to offer.






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Midway Village Museum, in Rockford, is filled with unique artifacts from the region’s history, including this airplane currently housed in the Flight Gallery.

Midway Village: A Great Place to Experience Local History

Whether you visit the history museum indoors or the Victorian village outdoors, Rockford’s amazing history museum provides many chances to engage with the stories of the people who’ve shaped our region.






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Enjoy some authentic Italian Cuisine at da Baffone Cucina Italiana in Crystal Lake, Ill.

NWQ Getaway Guide, Spring Edition

A great weekend’s journey is hours away. Here are some excellent places to visit.






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Recreation & Destinations NEWS & EVENTS
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Smart Living Weekly – January 11, 2017

  Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition Right in Our Region: The 31st Annual Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition will take place next week, even though there’s no significant snow in the weather…
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Smart Living Weekly – January 4, 2017

  Discovering Burpee All Over Again Right in Our Region: The Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main St. in Rockford, is celebrating its 75th anniversary with the theme…
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Smart Living Weekly – December 14, 2016

  These Shows Light Up the Holidays Right in Our Region: Holiday light shows around our region are transforming the landscape into a winter wonderland. For just a few more…
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