25 Local People Who Inspire

Meet 25 individuals who have inspired others around them on the road to success. These stories of extraordinary courage, vision and passion present a powerful reminder of the transformations happening all around our region

Janine’s Journal: Millennials & Milestones

It’s been a big year for NWQ’s editorial team! Read about the writers and graphic artists who work at our relentlessly positive publication.

Spider Company’s Growing Role in Aerospace

Manufacturing has changed quite a bit, but it still provides nearly a fifth of our local jobs. Step inside this Rockford aerospace manufacturer that embraces both old-school production and new-school technology.

NWQ’s Summer Vacation Travel Guide

It’s time to pack up the van and head out for a summer vacation. But forget about those long cross-country drives. Here are five of our favorite places to play, right here in our region.

The 1893 Columbian Exposition: Remembering Chicago’s White City

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.

Why Use a Travel Agent in an Online World?

Don’t write off the travel agent yet. These seasoned, professional travelers have the insider discounts and hands-on knowledge to enhance vacation planning. Take that, Internet!

Holiday Recipes from the NWQ Staff

As the holidays approach, we offer a collection of time-tested recipes handed down from our ancestors.

Five Things to Know Before You Grow

Despite waves of uncertainty in today’s marketplace, opportunities abound. Many small businesses and civic organizations are expanding operations or acquiring weaker competitors. Local marketing and finance professionals offer five things to consider before growing your enterprise.

Social Media: Make Your Marketing a Two-Way Street

Gone are the days of the one-size-fits-all marketing message. With social media, companies are extending their brands and making personal connections. Learn how these tools help your business, and why you should care about the conversations already happening online.

10 Steps Toward More Healthful Eating

With summer right around the corner, it’s time to get that beach body back. NWQ sat down with local nutritionist Jeanie Burke to learn how her animal-free vegan diets can keep you health — and happy.