Illinois artisans and hobbyists, including crafts, carvings, collections and other creativity.
Young Farmer Builds Toy Hobby Into a Business
Sixth-generation farmer Alan Chesnut founded Top Shelf Replicas, an independent manufacturer of die-cast collectibles.
1,000 Tree Project Plants Seeds, Good Deeds
The 1,000 Tree Planting Project is an all-volunteer effort to plant 1,000 trees on one day every fall...
Chicago Neighborhood Gardens Grow Veggies, Community Spirit
More than 600 community gardens across Chicago have sprouted green space in urban areas to grow fresh produce...
Homemade Pine Cone Bird Feeders
Recent research has shown that providing garden birds extra food during cold months helps ensure a more successful...
Eagle Eyes on Southwestern Illinois
Visitors to Southwestern Illinois look toward the skies each winter to spot bald eagles.
Chainsaw Artist Carves ‘Designer’ Firewood
Chainsaw artist Brian Willis transforms tree stumps, logs and firewood into artwork for homes and yards.
Illinois Photographer Michael Zecher Pictures Farms in the Best Light
Agriculture inspired Mercer County farmer and photographer Michael Zecher to go into professional photography – and it also...
Hillsdale Woodcarver Creates Intricate Art
Rick Frels found his calling in woodcarving.
Wool Comes From Many Animal Breeds
Sheep are the most prevalent producers of wool, though it also comes from rabbits, goats and alpacas.
Weaving Farm Upbringing and Love of Fiber Arts at Esther’s Place
Natasha Lehrer, a 22-year-old from Big Rock, Illinois in Kane County is the owner of Esther’s Place Fiber...