Costa’s Italian Ristorante: Where Old Family Recipes are Treasured

Restaurant Profile: Like many Italian-Americans, family is everything. Meet a restaurant owner who takes that to heart, with homemade food and a welcoming atmosphere.

Costa’s Pizzeria & Ristorante

133 E. Blackhawk Drive, Byron, Ill.
(815) 234-4707

Fired Up About Historic Setting, Good Food at Fifth Alarm

Restaurant Profile: Meet a family whose Byron, Ill. restaurant reflects a passion that spans through four generations.

Success Story: Merlin’s Flowers and The Other Side

It may have been by accident that Merlin Hagemann ended up owning his flower shop, but it’s no coincidence that he’s spent 40 years treating his customers like family.

Hailey’s Vineyard & Winery: Let the Grape be the Grape For Winning Wines

Wine Territory: Meet a couple whose Byron, Ill., winery is shaped around local tastes and flavors.

Byron Forest Preserve District

7993 N. River Road, Byron, Ill.
(815) 234-8535

Byron Bank

Five convenient locations in Byron, Poplar Grove, Davis Junction and Oregon, Ill.
(815) 234-2561
www.byronbank.com

Local Ties to the Underground Railroad

It was neither under the ground nor a real railroad, but its participants helped thousands of black slaves in America to escape from bondage. Writer and photographer Jon McGinty travels to local stops along the escape route.

Costa’s Italian Ristorante

Upscale-Casual. Pizza, entrées
133 Blackhawk Dr., Byron, Ill.
(815) 234-4707