Success Stories: Akerman Shoes

This family-owned footwear store has endured through many industry changes, but one thing that hasn’t changed is its dedication to providing friendly customer service and knowledgeable salespeople.

The Joy of Volunteering: New Ways to do Good

People have been helping one another, at no charge, since time began, but you may be surprised at just how diverse the options for volunteering are today.






Success Stories: Ewald Services Inc.

Success goes hand-in-hand with tenacity for this Rockford-area entrepreneur, who’s built a thriving business on providing quality lawn services. But business isn’t the only part of his life where tenacity rules.






Smart Living Weekly – May 10, 2017

  RMTD Trolley Offers Taste of Yesterday Right in Our Region: One century ago, before the rise of automobiles, how did most local residents move from point to point within…
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Smart Living Weekly – May 3, 2017

  Bowling Popularity Boosted by Youth Leagues Right in Our Region: Bowling has evolved into more than just a leisure activity in Rockford. It entices many kids to be more…
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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Your home deserves better than shabby decor, inefficient appliances and an outdated kitchen.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.