Freeport’s New Attraction for Families

Some museums ask you not to touch anything, but at this hands-on attraction, it’s openly encouraged. Step inside this family fixture and learn how a group of retired educators turned a dream into a reality.

Smart Living Weekly – June 19, 2019

  Fun Summer Events at Midway Village Right in Our Region: The 1970s, particularly the bicentennial of the United States of America, is the theme of this year’s fourth annual…
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Smart Living Weekly – May 15, 2019

  New Summer Events at Midway Village Right in Our Region: Whether you’re interested in history, education, gardening, volunteering or just having fun with others, there’s something for you this…
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Smart Living Weekly – January 16, 2019

  New App Helps Burpee to Share Wonders Right in Our Region: Anne Weerda wants you to love the natural world.“You can’t ask someone to love something, or to save…
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Smart Living Weekly – August 17, 2016

  Celebrate Burpee’s 75th Year at The Local Right in Our Region: Something new is brewing this month at Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main St. in Rockford,…
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Smart Living Weekly – April 27, 2016

  Paulson’s Agriculture Museum of Argyle Right in Our Region: The late Warren and Helen Paulson believed there should be a place where people could take their families to learn…
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Genuine Northwest, Autumn Edition

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

Events @ a Glance: Mind & Spirit Calendar

There’s so much to do in our region! Here’s a look at upcoming lectures and educational enrichment.

Northwest Quiz: Midwestern Museums

From roadside attractions to world-class institutions, our region is home to fascinating cultural collections. Test your knowledge about 10 of them.

Barnacopia: The Bockers Built It, and People Came

What started as a simple collection has grown into a popular new location for gatherings and quiet retreats. Discover what’s inside this unique barn, and how its founders still pursue new ideas.