• StarView Vineyards

  • Five Breathtaking Nature Walks in Illinois

  • Ebertfest Feature Image

    Honoring Filmmakers at Ebertfest

  • Unwind at The Senator’s Inn

  • Quad Cities Botanic Center Feature

    Escape to the Quad City Botanical Center


20 home from a box

Home From a Box on Rte. 66

As you make your way into Carlinville, which sits on Old Route 66 about 35 miles southwest of Springfield, one thing you’ll notice from the distance above the treeline is the Macoupin County Courthouse. Completed in 1870 at a cost of more than $1.3 million, the massive building that sits just east of the square looks like it could be the Statehouse of a small New England state. But one of the more unique stories the town has to tell is a little off the beaten path.




24 Fishes and Fun

Fishes and Fun

Looking for a way to entertain the kids and yourself this winter break? Head over to the Shedd Aquarium in downtown Chicago for a fun-filled day. Recently my husband, daughter, parents and I spent the day at the Shedd. It …