Wired Cafe: Coffee is Just Part of the Experience

Meet a restaurant owner whose love for coffee was the start of her exciting new place in downtown Rockford. Discover her unique brews and delicious bakery menu.

10 Fantastic Fall Destinations

Autumn is the perfect time to explore the Midwest, as trees turn vibrant colors, farmers harvest golden fields and cool breezes remind us that we’ll soon be spending a lot of time indoors. Here are 10 quintessential destinations.

‘Without Walls’: Seeing Through the Eyes of the Homeless

Visitors at one of this year’s ArtScene exhibits saw the world through the eyes of the homeless. See how this unique project came about, and how this simple idea started.

Clear Vision, for a Life Lived Well

At 93 years young, optician Earl Fulling still reports to work each day at Northern Illinois Optical, the business he established in downtown Rockford in 1949. Today, with son Mike, he’s serving second-, third- and fourth-generation customers.

Events at a Glance: Arts & Entertainment Calendar

There’s so much to do in our neck of the Old Northwest Territory! Here are some fun events coming up this season.

Restoration Café

Casual/American. Soups, sandwiches, gourmet coffee & tea. All profits benefit Rockford Rescue Mission
Across from Rockford Rescue Mission, 625 W. State St., Rockford, Ill., (815) 977-4361.
Inside Nicholas Conservatory, 1354 N. 2nd St., Rockford, Ill.

The Folk Music Scene

It’s a little bit of bluegrass and Celtic, with a touch of country and Cajun, and a pinch of contemporary, and it’s all about telling the stories of everyday people. Jon McGinty looks at the roots of American folk some talented performers.

Salamone’s Italian Restaurant and Bar: Italian Cuisine With Passion

Restaurant Profile: Meet a couple whose family restaurants led them to their own establishment in downtown Cherry Valley.

Finding Wholeness Through Addiction Recovery

It may look like just a coffee house, but Restoration Cafe is helping its workers to regain their lives and discover a renewed confidence as they recover from destructive lifestyles inside the Rockford Rescue Mission.

Baumgartner Cheese Store & Tavern

On the Square, downtown Monroe, Wis.
(608) 325-6157