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.

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.

Going With the Flow: Fishing, Boating and Playing on the Rock River

For generations, the Rock River has provided much to those who settled along its banks. Not only is it a place for commerce, but it’s ideal for recreation. Discover the many opportunities for boating, skiing, fishing and more.

A River Runs Through Them

The Rock River ties together the communities of our region and it’s been a driving force for commerce and growth. We celebrate our region by looking at the many recreational and cultural treasures that lie along our riverfront.

100 Years Later, Lorado Taft’s ‘Black Hawk’ Still Stands Sentry

Whether you call it ‘Black Hawk’ or ‘The Eternal Indian,’ Taft’s concrete giant reminds us not only of our heritage, but of the artist whose influence is still felt throughout our region.

Success Story: Merlin’s Flowers and The Other Side

It may have been by accident that Merlin Hagemann ended up owning his flower shop, but it’s no coincidence that he’s spent 40 years treating his customers like family.

White Pines Inn

Home-style dining in log cabin atmosphere. Cornhuskers Buffet on Sunday
6712 White Pines Road, Mt. Morris, Ill.
(815) 946-3817
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Maxson Riverside Restaurant

Casual/American
Route 2, Oregon, Ill.
(800) 468-4222
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La Vigna

European atmosphere/Italian
2190 S. Daysville Road, Oregon, Ill.
(815) 732-4413
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Byron Bank

Five convenient locations in Byron, Poplar Grove, Davis Junction and Oregon, Ill.
(815) 234-2561
www.byronbank.com