A Promising Outlook for Economic Success

Explore how seven communities are supercharging recent developments, how they’re setting the stage for new things to come, and why they’re optimistic about their prospects for the coming 12 months.

Midway Village: A Great Place to Experience Local History

Whether you visit the history museum indoors or the Victorian village outdoors, Rockford’s amazing history museum provides many chances to engage with the stories of the people who’ve shaped our region.






25 Local People Who Inspire

Meet 25 individuals who exemplify the reasons this region is a great place to live, work and play. They come from all walks of life and all corners of the region, but what distinguishes them is their dedication to transforming lives.






There’s No Time Like Now for Interior Updates

Your home deserves better than shabby decor, inefficient appliances and an outdated kitchen. Check out the latest trends in everything from furniture to flooring.






Explore these Forms of Hands-On Artistry

Art isn’t so intimidating when you’re guided by experienced creative teachers. In these studios, you can get creative with paint, pottery, glass or even wood burning.






Nooks & Crannies, Annual Guide

Check out these unusual and inventive stores around our area.






How YMCA Helps to Strengthen Communities

The YMCA may be best known for its gym equipment and exercise facilities, but that’s just the beginning of this community-building organization. Discover how the Y continues to impact the region, through its core mission.






Vito’s Ristorante: A Familiar Name in a New Location

It’s a family affair at this new destination in Roscoe, Ill. Meet the familiar faces behind this operation, and discover why it’s thriving in its new setting.






Abreo: A Downtown Trailblazer, by Coincidence

Chef Paul Sletten likes to keep things simple, even as his popular businesses keep on growing. Meet this passionate chef and find out how his eateries continue to blaze new trails.






Peak Fitness and Sports Club: Where Confidence is Built

Getting healthy and in shape doesn’t have to be a frustrating experience. Discover a homegrown gym in Rockford that’s been built to cultivate healthy lifestyles.