Time to grab the snow gear! From eagle watching at Starved Rock State Park to sledding down the massive hill at Twin Sisters Park, our region has plenty of exciting winter activities for the young and young-at-heart. ...

Since we’re at the beginning of a new era, now is the time to embrace optimism and expand on your New Year’s resolutions, whether it’s volunteering more, working on certain relationships or taking on a new hobby. ...

Close to home, but just far enough to feel like you’re getting away, the little Wisconsin hamlet of Wilmot has all the trappings of a quaint winter retreat. Discover the best family attractions, dining destinations and overnight lodging here. ...

His travels take him to some of our continent’s most majestic wilderness in search of elusive wildlife. Explore some of the latest work by this award-winning photographer as you’re transported to the quiet and awesome scenes of our natural world. ...

Downtown Rockford has a new splash of color and beauty. Learn what inspired the nine public murals found throughout the Forest City’s urban campus, and meet all of the talented artists who created them. ...

Meet a Rockford man who overcame personal challenges to become a beacon of light for others. ...

Some of the most important conservationists in the nation have called Illinois and Wisconsin home. Get to know local luminary Aldo Leopold and meet others who’ve championed our wildlife throughout the generations. ...

In 1858, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas faced off in a series of debates throughout Illinois, and the outcome was life-altering for everyone. Learn how Freeport is celebrating Lincoln’s legacy today. ...

As Illinois and Wisconsin raced to be the first states that enshrined women’s voting rights in the Constitution, a wider movement was also being led by women in our region. Learn how their work impacted life as we know it today. ...

Battling a relentless enemy and biting temperatures that reached 35 below zero, Charlie Gebhardt was among the American troops beating a hasty retreat at the Chosin Reservoir in late 1950. ...