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? ...

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. ...

As Illinois and Wisconsin raced to be the first states that enshrined women’s voting rights in the Constitution, a wider movement was also being led by women in our region. Learn how their work impacted life as we know it today. ...

This may be “flyover country,” but our region has led the nation through many important milestones, both in social movements and product innovations. See if you can figure out which state each occasion took place, marking I for Illinois, or W for Wisconsin. ...

In our ongoing celebration of Illinois’ 200th birthday this year, we look at some amazing women, from many walks of life, with strong connections to northern Illinois, past or present. See if you can match the description to the name. ...

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. ...

The Land of Lincoln officially turns 200 years old on Dec. 3, 2018. As part of a year-long celebration, see if you can answer these questions. All involve numbers. ...

In celebration of Illinois’ bicentennial, explore how the Prairie State became central to the U.S. in terms of economy, culture and politics, and learn how you can join in on the celebrations happening through this year. ...

As we celebrate the 200th birthday of the State of Illinois this year, let’s see what we know about the Land of Lincoln, which is the sixth largest population in the U.S. at 12.8 million. If you correctly guess more than 15, you’re a NWQ Scholar. ...

Recreation opportunities abound in our region! Here are a few of the best our area has to offer. ...