Just four years ago, this small town in Ogle County was called out as a "Triple Threat" for its high poverty, jobless rate and low average incomes. Today, it's a bustling town with a promising future. ...

For half a century, volunteers dedicated to quality community theater have helped to make this McHenry County staple a vaunted local tradition. ...

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

Remember when finding a parking spot or being seated in a downtown Rockford restaurant on a Friday night was never a problem? Thankfully, those days are gone. Tour the east part of downtown and see what's new and what's in the works. ...

When businesses were abandoning downtown Rockford in the 1970s, city and park district leaders made a bold decision: build an indoor ice rink on the river. Guess what? It laid the groundwork for today's renaissance. ...

What started out as a simple attraction to the Beloit area has evolved into an international draw for film buffs everywhere. Learn what's in store for this year's festival and how you can join the excitement. ...

It's no secret that the Rockford region could be much greater than it is. Meet the leadership behind the "Transform Rockford" movement, and learn how you can take part. ...

Prairie Street Brewhouse's latest attraction joins a creative menu, craft brewing and a wicked location in one of downtown Rockford's hottest new destinations. ...

The owner of downtown favorites Abreo and Social this summer reveals his newest creation, a modern take on the classic American diner. Find out what awaits. ...

Rockford's bold entrepreneurs in the 1800s established banks, built furniture, opened factories and built a thriving economy. Gail Ravitts provides a glimpse of these local titans' grand homes. ...