NWQ’s Summer Vacation Travel Guide

It’s time to pack up the van and head out for a summer vacation. But forget about those long cross-country drives. Here are five of our favorite places to play, right here in our region.

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.

Northwest Quiz

What’s summer without some fun in the water? Take our quiz and see how much you know about our region’s waterways.

Life Along the Rock: Seasonal Charm Flows With the Current

What’s even more beautiful than the riotous color of trees in autumn? Trees in autumn standing along a grand river like our own Rock. Karla Nagy shares some of our favorite vantage points, from Janesville to Dixon.

Brandywine, The

Casual/Elegant
441 RR 2, Dixon, Ill.
(815) 284-8484
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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.

The Rock River: From Ruin to Recovery

Human impact has forever changed the quality of this great river, and it will never again regain its sparkling clarity or many native species now extinct. Nearly 40 years after the Clean Water Act, things are looking better.

Follow the Eagles In Wisconsin and Illinois

The majestic bald eagle is a common sight along the waterways of the Old Northwest Territory. Learn more about how you can find these proud symbols of our nation – right in our own backyards.

The Deep Hometown Roots of An American President

President Ronald Reagan never lived in Dixon, Ill., after he grew up, but he always spoke of his hometown with affection and said that it represented what is good in so many American communities.