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.

Innovation Blooms at Steel Heart Ltd.

Meet a couple who stumbled onto a crafty new business, and find out how their work is international in scope.

Genuine Northwest

Check out these unique destinations that reflect the genuine character of our region.

Lee & Ogle Counties: When We Were the West

Sure, you know about the Wild West of the Gold Rush, but long before that, settlers found plenty of adventure here, in Illinois. Janine Pumilia explores how our area developed when only animals and flatboats carried goods across the river.

MashUp: Serving Comfort Food with a Twist

Comfort food is what it’s all about at MashUp, where standard fare is mac and cheese, chicken pot pies and other gourmet twists on our favorite dishes.

Country Church/City Church

Organized religion plays a major role in the culture of our Northern Illinois/Southern Wisconsin region. We enjoy highlighting places of worship, one in the country and one in the city, in each issue.

The Heritage of Barns

Does any symbol represent the Midwest better than barns? From gable to gambrel roof, and monitor to salt box shape, Jon McGinty treks through southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois to find these disappearing landmarks.

NWQ Getaway Guide: Summer Edition

Our region is filled with plenty of exciting destinations. Here are a few that remain practically in our own backyards.

Janet Smith Post Conjures Cotton Rock, Fulfills Goal

This 71-year-old Galena-area writer is celebrating her first novel, based on her family. Discover how her Ozarks childhood influenced this book and her long career.

Exploring Our Northwest, in Dubuque, Galena and Carroll County

It’s remarkable how far from home we feel when vacationing in our tri-state area. Karla Nagy explores the spirit of these historic towns, and the sheer number of interesting activities they offer this summer.