Imagine the government is telling you an epidemic outside your door is “only the flu” and not really serious. That's just what happened 100 years ago, as a flu and a world war swept across the globe and throughout our region. ...

In celebration of Illinois’ bicentennial, explore how the Prairie State became central to the U.S. in terms of economy, culture and politics, and learn how you can join in on the celebrations happening through this year. ...

Our nation is very young, but thousands of important events have already been forgotten. Test your knowledge of the region once known as the “Old Northwest Territory." Scroll down for answers. 1. Which state university was established first? A) Illinois State University in Normal B) University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana C) University of Wisconsin 2. Which of these Wisconsin-area native ...

As we celebrate the 200th birthday of the State of Illinois this year, let’s see what we know about the Land of Lincoln, which is the sixth largest population in the U.S. at 12.8 million. ...

How well do you know the history of northwest Chicagoland? Take our quiz and test your knowledge on these noteworthy properties. ...

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

If you live in an older home, your walls have a story to tell. With a little detective work, and some help from an historical researcher, you can uncover the tales of your home and its former owners. ...

The gravestones of our region's cemeteries tell a tale of their own – if you know where to look. As one Lake in the Hills researcher discovered, the lives of the interred are just as colorful as their memorials. ...

Its population doubles in the daytime, as out-of-towners converge on the city's many shopping and playtime destinations, offices and industrial centers. Explore what makes this village one of the state's strongest attractions. ...

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