It's been a storied 50 years for Merlin's Greenhouse & Flowers. See how the Hagemann family keeps this business thriving into a new generation. ...

It began with a passion for well-made items and a hobby, but now it's grown into a decor shop that's made itself at home in downtown Oregon, Ill. ...

John Lindhorst chased his passions into business ownership, and along the way, he's discovered some unexpected success through his unique business. ...

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

Once the family estate of a Chicago newspaper magnate, then a Presbyterian camp and retreat center, Stronghold Castle now prepares to enter a new era as its own independent entity. ...

Check out these unusual and inventive stores around our area. ...

If your idea of holiday shopping is buying what a robot thinks you want, you’re missing out. Call us old-fashioned, but we think there’s something irresistible about locally owned stores. So, we tracked down a few ideas to help you get started. ...

Great burgers are everywhere, and they're especially rewarding when found well off the beaten path. Check out seven places well off the radar that are producing some of the best burgers you've never heard of. ...

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. ...