‘A Carnegie Hall in Every Town’

Our region is graced with many lovers of fine music, and there are ample opportunities to see live performances in classical and world music. Discover four such organizations.

Stronghold Castle: An Orphan’s Tribute to Family

In 1929, Chicago newspaper magnate Walter Strong built a castle that inspired the imagination of his family for the next 30-plus years. Today, it remains a bastion of renewal and personal growth that’s enjoyed by more than 12,000 people annually.

30th Annual Autumn Pioneer Festival

Discover an annual festival that transports visitors back to the mid-1800s, as they learn about our region’s earliest settlers.

SwedishAmerican Hospital Celebrates a Century of People Helping People

What started with a dollar and a commitment to serving the Rockford community has evolved into a modern, innovative institution. Discover how this health system is reflecting on a century of service.

KSB Hospital Growing for the Greater Good

See what it is about this dynamic, small-city health system that makes it a top choice for the Dixon area, and a destination for the next generation of rural-health specialists.

Tips From a Pro: Be in Control of Your Photo Subjects

Learn how the pros get the most from a sunny summer photo shoot.

Ask the Right Questions When Remodeling Your Dream Kitchen

There’s a lot to get right when it comes to updating your kitchen. NWQ caught up with experts from around the region for advice on every piece of the kitchen puzzle.

Success Story: Oregon Soap Shoppe and Green Art, etc.

This squeaky clean business has developed a strong following by providing a niche product that’s good for people and for the world around us. Learn how this former farm wife has found success by doing what she loves.

The Civil War: When They Marched to the Sound of the Guns

No battles were fought on Illinois or Wisconsin soil during the bloody Civil War, but many thousands of families in our region lost loved ones. Jon McGinty traces the journey of local soldiers on the sesquicentennial anniversary of our nation’s bloodiest war.

The Hope & Anchor: English Pub Dishes Up Bloody Good Fare

Restaurant Profile: Discover a unique English-style pub that transports its guests across the pond, and embraces the history of its familiar location.