Northwest Quarterly Magazine
The Salamone family has spent 30 years serving impeccable food. Discover how these Sicilian natives took their business from a pizzeria to a fine dining establishment.
A Day in the Life of a 13 WREX Reporter
WREX reporter Reuben Jones reacts to breaking news on a daily basis. Step into his shoes as he responds to bank robberies, covers car crashes and digs deeper into stories about homeless students in Rockford.
Big things are coming to this small city and its incredible 2,000-acre natural preserve. Discover what new attractions and events are coming, and how your family can experience them.
Life is good when there’s a gorgeous view to accompany a delicious meal. Take advantage of summertime weather by dining at these regional restaurants with al fresco options.
A day spent on the golf course can yield more than just an enjoyable day on the links. Those who join this annual fundraiser can help to support an essential transportation system.
Changing trends don’t scare this husband-and-wife team. Rather, this pair sees continuing opportunities to help families create a lasting monument to their loved ones.
Summer is the perfect time to spruce up your yard. Gather ideas from some of the best local landscape experts on how to rejuvenate the outside of your home.
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.
Eagles, ospreys and falcons are some of the most creatively adaptive members of the raptor family. Learn how these birds are surviving and where to find them in our region.
Meet a dedicated park district commissioner and attorney who celebrates St. Charles’ history while helping to build its future.
This upscale dining hotspot in Geneva looks to grow upon 10 years of serving quality, time-tested steak, seafood and drinks.
Artale & Co.’s First Friday wine tastings attract an eclectic mix of wine drinkers. Check out how these events market new bottles and nonprofit causes.
River cruises are quickly becoming a top trend in the travel industry. Allow John Sturm of Lindstrom Travel to explain why this intimate, all-inclusive cruise should be your next big trip.
The performing arts venues in our region are beyond impressive. With elaborate architecture and outstanding local performers, we’re lucky to have these entertainment havens so close to home.
This family-owned restaurant has a handle on delivering a fresh variety of tasty dishes. Discover their Mexican staples and experimental additions that will keep you coming back.
The experienced and trusted team at Rockford’s powerhouse independent insurance agency made a youthful transition this year. Learn about the new face of this agency and the legacy and it’s inherited.
This design-and-print shop in Stockton, Ill., has always let customers’ needs guide its offerings. Hear from the multitalented owner about the store’s 11-year growth.
There’s no better time to look and listen for our region’s many types of owls. Check out the tips and insight of local raptor experts on where to see them in the Northwest Territory.
Launched as a volunteer-driven celebration, this burgeoning festival is quickly gaining notice among film buffs in Geneva and around Chicagoland.
She gave up a career in nursing long ago, but this Elgin socialite and philanthropist maintains a fierce passion for taking care of others.
Quality ladies’ undergarments are just the start at this homegrown Crystal Lake business, where customer service and quality products are the means to providing something that’s just the right fit – literally.
For nearly 15 years, this all-volunteer orchestra has grown through the dedicated passion of its musicians. See what’s still to come in this year’s lineup, which is full of surprises.
Only a few decades ago, hawks were nearly wiped out, when humans thoughtlessly poisoned them with DDT and other insecticides. Today, these magnificent creatures remind us that adapting to new realities is imperative for survival.
For musicians and patrons alike, Mendelssohn has cultivated a community of music appreciation in Rockford. Now, its staff is looking to build even more connections with local arts organizations.
This Freeport company combines expertise and compassion to best serve the community. Through home renovations and equipment, they aim to make customers’ lives easier.
This winter, check out these holiday light shows that are transforming our region’s landscape into a winter wonderland.
The family-focused staff behind this Italian restaurant knows how to create a quality, genuine experience. See what’s inspired the wide menu of classic dishes at this popular restaurant’s two locations.
What’s fall without some outdoors adventures and a celebration of the bounteous harvest? Discover four quintessential Midwestern gatherings that boast plenty of pumpkins, farmsteads, scarecrows and zombies.
After 50 years in business, Lindy’s Landing is a Wauconda institution, but tradition hasn’t stopped this restaurant from seeking new ideas to satisfy a changing market.
You don’t have to travel to Napa Valley to enjoy a glass of wine by the vineyard. These Northern Illinois wineries are crafting a reputation for excellence with many award-winning vintages.
Through 80 years of musical outreach, the Rockford Symphony Orchestra has made itself a staple in the region. Learn more about its long history, the music director behind its recent growth and what’s in store for its anniversary season.
The Woodstock area’s one-of-a-kind fall festival is back for its 28th year, with more than 23 rural destinations. Check out what’s in store for this year’s event and find out what you can discover along the trail.
Whether you dream of a Midwest destination wedding or a hometown setting, our area offers spectacular options. Here, we highlight some of our favorites, and share the experiences of couples who recently said “I do.”