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Oh, The Places We Live

Oh, The Places We Live

Big-city lifestyle, quiet countryside, bustling suburban life – we enjoy it all in northwest Chicagoland. From our bedroom communities and scenic subdivisions to our downtown districts and rural landscapes, the places we live are as diverse and as interesting as the people who call this land home. Elgin What’s now Illinois’ sixth-largest city made its…

Chocolatey Goodness

Chocolatey Goodness

It’s OK to cheat on your diet with some indulgent chocolate from Riverside Chocolate Factory, in McHenry. It’s also OK to take a bite of this heavenly chocolate and, without thinking, blurt out the words, “Oh, my goodness.”This chocolate destination has been around since 1986, and its owners have one goal: satisfy taste buds with…

25 Most Interesting People

25 Most Interesting People

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Harlan Jefferson

Harlan Jefferson

All Heart and Soul Harlan Jefferson has played saxophone from New Orleans to Los Angeles, but he’s most comfortable when he’s home in Rockford. “My family and friends are here,” he says. “I feel the same way Rick Nielsen (of Cheap Trick) does. I like to get out of the area and play, but there’s…

Tia Lasswell

Tia Lasswell

Prepared for Anything When Tia Lasswell was voted Rockford’s No. 1 Wedding Planner by The Knot, her own fiance wasn’t surprised.“He was like, ‘Everyone can see the passion you have for what you’re doing,’” Lasswell says. “He pushes me to do more. I’ll stay until the bitter end of your wedding and pack you up in…

Henry McDavid

Henry McDavid

The Universe is Calling Call it destiny, or call it the product of positive thinking – either way, it’s been a driving force for this serial entrepreneur. Growing up in DeKalb, Henry McDavid never dreamed of owning his own business, even though he was earning fistfuls of cash selling goods to friends and colleagues. Dozens…

Bill Lambert

Bill Lambert

Seizing the Day If you look up the Guinness World Record for the world’s oldest male scuba diver, you’ll see a photo of a 96-year-old gentleman. But at age 99, Rockford resident Bill Lambert has paperwork pending to claim that title as his own.  “I’m living now at a senior living home, and we were…