In the Illinois capital, a collective of veterans and firefighters take old barns and turn them into new symbols of the American spirit.Learn More
In Chicago's Lincoln Square, a community café serves pastries, breads, and whole-grain comfort foods.Learn More
For over 30 years, Ian Schneller has been a maestro of hand-crafted musical instruments.Learn More
With public works exhibited both domestically and across the globe, there's no denying the impact of Matthew Hoffman's inspiring artwork.Learn More
The smell of spicy, smoky sausage has been filling the air at this Aurora storefront since 1895.Learn More
This German style family owned and operated brewery is certain to WOW!Learn More
Enjoy ice cream, candy, chocolate, and sandwiches at a family-owned old-fashioned ice-cream parlor.Learn More
Formerly known as 3-Switch, Swoon Living by Patrick Fitzpatrick is a Chicago based company known for revolving glassware including wine glasses, decanters and cocktail glasses.Learn More
After spending years doing nonprofit work, Josh started his own community-minded business almost by accident.Learn More
Endiro Coffee is a tree-to-cup coffee company born in Uganda but growing with a global vision to end child vulnerability through coffee.Learn More
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