Things are looking up, and local communities are positioning themselves to make the most of it. Check in with chamber of commerce leaders from seven cities to see what they expect from the new year ahead. ...

Many animals hibernate during cold Illinois winters, but you can still find some out and about in our region. See if you can figure out which animal matches up to each of the following facts. ...

Take a closer look next time you see a snowfall, and you'll spy some amazing forms within the tiniest flakes. Learn what it takes to capture nature's miniature marvels. ...

Dubuque, Iowa: Let the Good Drinks Flow By Stephanie N. Grimoldby One way to warm your blood this winter is with some casual imbibing. Dubuque, Iowa, offers several opportunities, starting with the fourth annual Dubuque on Ice Brewfest. From 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21, craft beer lovers can enter the Mystique Community Ice Center, 1800 Admiral Sheehy ...

It's amazing what a different perspective and a little traveling can provide. Janine Pumilia explores the wonders of a recent trip to New Orleans. ...

The tides are changing in Rockford, and for the better. Learn how the Transform Rockford movement is inspiring a new approach to self-development that could make our region a Top 25 community. ...

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. ...

Recreation opportunities abound in our region! Here are a few of the best our area has to offer. ...

It's been 150 years since the bloodiest war on American soil came to an end, with the final battle staged at Appomattox. Learn how the Civil War wound down and how folks in Galena are celebrating this important milestone. ...

When we think of neonatal intensive care units, we think of Rockford Memorial Hospital. But did you also know that the Children’s Medical Center is one of just 10 state-certified pediatric intensive care units in the state? ...