The Real Aviators of Rockford

It was the “Mad Men” era of martini lunches and Saturday night parties for the close-knit, highly skilled group of pilots who flew Rockford executives in the 1950s and ’60s. Gail Ravitts recounts her husband’s experience and the aviators he worked alongside.

Success Story: Akerman Shoes

Discover a Rockford-based business that has spent 53 years giving customers its heart and sole, in the pursuit of quality service.

P.A. Peterson: ‘Rockford’s Greatest Citizen’

At the dawn of the 20th century, Rockford was a booming town, driven by many Swedish immigrants, including PA Peterson. Jon McGinty explores the history of Rockford’s greatest philanthropist, whose influence is still felt today.

Success Story: Dubes Jewelry

Since 1870, this jewelry store has served customers from the same location, and for the past 60 years, one familiar face has served his customers faithfully. Discover what keeps this store’s passionate octogenarian owner at work seven days a week.

Genuine Northwest, Fall 2012

Check out these unique destinations that reflect the genuine character of our region.

Welcome to Shullsburg

Wisconsin’s third oldest town, once known for mining and the railroad, Shullsburg today is comprised of friendly, hardworking people who serve as the backbone of this community. From antique shops to quaint restaurants, Shullsburg is a must-visit on your next trip to the dairy state.

Chicago’s First Railroad

The story of Chicago’s first railroad is one of determination by regional leaders to succeed. Find out how a successful collaboration of farmers and businessmen made this debut possible, and how Rockford played a key role.

Lee & Ogle Counties: When We Were the West

Sure, you know about the Wild West of the Gold Rush, but long before that, settlers found plenty of adventure here, in Illinois. Janine Pumilia explores how our area developed when only animals and flatboats carried goods across the river.

Janine’s Journal: Write Down Your Life Stories!

During the writing process, we inevitably meet some fascinating people. Just imagine if these people, and our famous historical figures, hadn’t preserved their life stories.

The Heritage of Barns

Does any symbol represent the Midwest better than barns? From gable to gambrel roof, and monitor to salt box shape, Jon McGinty treks through southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois to find these disappearing landmarks.