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Brad Nordlof: All Aboard in Iceland

Brad Nordlof: All Aboard in Iceland

The Land of Fire and Ice is stunning from the ground, but seeing it from the air puts it into a new perspective. Iceland has more than 150 volcanic mountains, a handful of which are still active. On average, a volcanic eruption occurs in Iceland every four to five years. Because of this constant activity, a good…

Stave Off That Cabin Fever

Stave Off That Cabin Fever

The days are getting longer, and that’s a sure sign spring is on its way. At the same time, you still can’t go outside without a jacket, hat and gloves, so we’re not exactly done with winter just yet. This in between season is what we make of it, and lucky for us, we have…

Dining Profile: Rosie’s Gluten-Free

Dining Profile: Rosie’s Gluten-Free

Not everyone who wants a sweet treat can always have one. For many reasons, including sensitivities or lifestyle choices, it may be out of reach. Pamela Strelcheck understands the dilemma after watching her own mother’s sensitivities for years. It’s a fitting tribute, then, that Strelcheck’s new, standalone bakery, Rosie’s Gluten Free Sweets, 1400 Seminary Ave.,…

Milestone: Marvin’s in Barrington

Milestone: Marvin’s in Barrington

It’s a good indicator a business is thriving when it announces an expansion. All signs look positive, then, for the mother-daughter duo behind Marvin’s Toy Store. They’ve recently opened a second location in downtown Barrington, at 100 E. Station St., Unit 155. For the past six-and-a-half years, Marvin’s has been reaching families from its home…

Dining Profile: Stolp Island Social

Dining Profile: Stolp Island Social

Downtown Aurora’s newest dining destination is unlike anything else in the neighborhood, and that’s by design. Amy Morton, owner of Stolp Island Social, 5 E. Galena Blvd., in Aurora, wants her latest creation to be a place that feels like home for both residents and visitors. “When people walk into Stolp Island Social, I want…

Visions of Nature: A Photo Journey with David Olson

Visions of Nature: A Photo Journey with David Olson

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. I am so blessed to be able to witness the wonders of nature in my…

Think Spring! 5 Ways to Break Cabin Fever

Think Spring! 5 Ways to Break Cabin Fever

They call it the winter doldrums, but what is there, really, to be sad about this time of year? Early spring fun abounds – if you know where to look. Enjoy the OutdoorsAcross McHenry County, you’ll find more than 26,000 acres of preserved land with trails for hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. A hike through…

Technology Upgrades Can Save You Money

Technology Upgrades Can Save You Money

Want to save some money each month? Technology upgrades may be the way to do that, says Charles Zambrano, owner of EZ Satellite and Technologies. Zambrano has expanded his business and is now working with Nest to bring the conveniences of home automation into his customers’ lives. “Everyone has a smartphone, but not everyone is…

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