Prairie Promises

Illinois was once covered by more than 20 million acres of prairie, but now less than 2,500 acres of quality remnant prairie are left. Jamie Johannsen explores prairie’s role in the environment and restoration efforts in the Prairie State.

Real Furniture, Made the Amish Way

It’s beautiful, and sustainable, and it’s locally made, by craftsmen who pride themselves on quality. Find out why this furniture is made to last far longer than the big-box variety.

Milestones: Gustafson’s Marks 85 Years

Discover why this store, which calls itself “Rockford’s hometown merchant,” has successfully served its customers for three generations.

Nooks & Crannies, Winter 2013

Check out these unusual and inventive stores around our area.

Woodlawn Arts Academy: Where Artists Go to Grow and Create

While schools are cutting back their arts programs, this Sterling-based academy is revving up. Discover how this unique location fosters artists of every age, and why this creative outlet is so important for families.

Country Church/City Church

Organized religion plays a major role in the settling of Illinois and continues to influence the culture of our region. We enjoy highlighting places of worship, one in the country and one in the city, in each issue.

Dream Destinations for Your Big Day

We’ve looked high and low for some of this area’s most spectacular wedding destinations. Discover seven of our favorites, and discover exclusive content from the stories of couples who recently said “I do.”

Island Dreams: Maximize Your Central Kitchen

The kitchen island comes in many shapes and sizes, and makes an oasis for our busy kitchens. Here are some things to remember for creating your dream island.

Summer Fashion: Veils & Trails

Wedding season is upon us! Whether you’re a beautiful bride, a classy bridesmaid or a happy guest, these styles are sure to put you in the wedding mood.

Exploring Our Northwest, in Dubuque, Galena and Carroll County

It’s remarkable how far from home we feel when vacationing in our tri-state area. Karla Nagy explores the spirit of these historic towns, and the sheer number of interesting activities they offer this summer.