There’s a new tenant in downtown Beloit, and the community is embracing it. ABC Supply Stadium, the new home of the Beloit Snappers, brings opportunity and excitement to the area, but more importantly, it provides a major economic boost to downtown Beloit. Take a journey through this eye-popping facility and find out why it’s more than just a baseball stadium. ...

Family history and family values abound at the county fair, and they’re on full display in this year’s centennial celebration, from the livestock shows to the contests and the grandstands. ...

An estimated 40% of Rockford residents could once claim Swedish ancestry, and many of them were settled in one part of town. Join Jon McGinty for a look at life and culture in Rockford's Swedish district. ...

How many teenagers would wake up at just to hit the trails at 4 a.m.? For this talented young photographer, the thrill of the hunt and the discovery of nature fuel a growing passion for her art. ...

A summer gathering wouldn’t be the same without a meal served hot off the grill – and how you prepare it can make all the difference. Get the inside scoop on picking the right grill, selecting the right cut of meat and bringing it all together for an unforgettable season of outdoor entertainment. ...

Now that summer is here, it’s time to get a much-needed change of scenery. Our region is ripe with luxurious hotels, thriving state parks, bustling downtowns and hidden attractions that bring you face-to-face with the refreshing waterfront. Where do you want to begin? ...

A quirky, odd sense of humor helps the owner of Brooke’s Bark and Recreation, in Freeport, to bond with the animals who visit her doggy day care. Visit and you’ll see why these four-legged friends are having a dog gone good time while mom and dad are away. ...

They were once a center of activity in rural America, until the highways came to town. Loved and then abandoned, train depots are finding new life thanks to dedicated citizens. Jon McGinty explores five places where depots have found new life. ...

The newest addition to Rockford's dining scene combines the classy cuisine of Franchesco's with a more relaxed atmosphere where people come to unwind. ...

Replicating the picture-perfect garden sometimes feels easier said than done. Try these easy tips from local nursery specialists and set off on the correct path. ...