Annual Guide 2017

 

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Every time, every place, has its own complement of interesting people. Our region is no different. We are all surrounded by people who are making a difference, leaders who work to the benefit of those around them. We strive to do this for our families, friends and fellow neighbors. This issue is dedicated to some of the most interesting people in our region and the positive difference we all can make in its transformation.

Inside this special guide, you’ll find resources on the region’s best destinations, high-quality locally owned businesses, healthcare experts and economic development trends.

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25 Local People Who Inspire


It’s easy to talk about transforming our region. But actually doing something to change the world – that’s the hard part. Meet 25 individuals who have made their mark through positive actions, both big and small.




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.




An Arts & Cultural Events Guide


A handy resource for some of the top-notch venues, performance groups and visual arts centers in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.




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


The Old Northwest Territory is home to culinary talent like no other. Make note of these exemplary establishments for the next time you’re craving something delectable.




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Your home deserves better than shabby decor, inefficient appliances and an outdated kitchen.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.




Backyard Living: A Simple Joy of Life


It’s nice when your backyard is a beautiful place to be. Learn from local experts how to maximize your outdoor living space.




2017 Guide to Senior Living Communities


One of the most significant decisions in life is how we’ll be cared for when we can no longer care for ourselves. Explore some of our area’s top communities for senior living.




2017 Annual Healthcare Guide


Looking for a certain kind of hospital, specialty clinic, or expert physician within our region? Find what you’re looking for in the region’s most comprehensive guide to health care services.




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.




Remembering Those We’ve Loved and Lost


It’s important to properly honor your loved ones in their final days and when they pass away. Learn about the various hospice centers, funeral homes and related services that can help you make the necessary expected and unexpected decisions.




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.




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.




NWQ Getaway Guide, Spring Edition


A great weekend’s journey is hours away. Here are some excellent places to visit.




2017 Guide to Professional Services Providers


When it comes to selecting a financial professional, bank, attorney or insurance company, relationships matter. We’ve found some of the region’s top providers, who pride themselves on building trust.




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.




Transform Rockford: Boosting College Attainment


What’s a community to do when its level of college attainment is low, but the local economy demands an education? Meet a group that’s seeking to transform the region through this promising scholarship.




2017 Guide to Commercial Lending Services


Growth is happening in our region. However you choose to join the new markets that are springing up around our region, you’re sure to need some help from committed lenders.

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