Check out these unusual and inventive stores around our area. ...

Now in its ninth year, BIFF is welcoming new events, more venues and an even longer celebration of everything film. Discover what's coming up this year, and find some of the unique showings you can visit. ...

If you've always admired tightly knit communities where people come together to encourage one another, be sure to stop in at The Next Picture Show in Dixon, Ill. Learn how this nonprofit has evolved into a gathering place like no other. ...

What began as a theater experiment has become, a decade later, a Rockford treasure. Discover how this creative group of performers is engaging the entire community in its art. ...

From its first piece to its 1700 pieces in the collection today, much of the museum's collection is currently on display. Jon McGinty leads a quick tour through the past century, and shows how local artists will celebrate ...

Chicago was a young and wild city when it hosted the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Discover how traces of the magnificent White City and its treasures are still visible around Chicagoland, and what contribution Rockford played. ...

While schools are cutting back their arts programs, this Sterling-based academy is revving up. Discover how this unique location fosters artists of every age, and why this creative outlet is so important for families. ...

Meet a couple who stumbled onto a crafty new business, and find out how their work is international in scope. ...

Celebrate our area's rich wildlife at this special benefit for the Natural Land Institute. Discover how you can submit art or join in the fun. ...

Step inside this amazing little museum's big collection, and discover some of the unique pieces hidden inside. See how the museum got its start, and how it's preparing for the future. ...