Illinois artisans say there will always be a demand for the unique in a mass-produced world — from jewelry to metalworks to chocolate sauce.
Across Illinois, craftsmen quietly build some of America’s most storied musical instruments, including harps, violins and organs.
Chicago has gone for years without a single record being pressed here as vinyl records boom. Smashed Plastic Record Pressing aims to change that.
Hot sauce production is exploding as a small business trend in the Land of Lincoln — with more than a dozen companies popping up statewide.
Nearly one in 10 Illinois workers are employed in a company related to manufacturing, a sector of the state economy worth $101 billion.
Whether it’s bow ties or shoes, Illinois fashion designers are putting the state on the style map, sometimes using cutting-edge technology.
Chances are high that if you can put a quarter in a machine and play it, it’s Illinois-built.
Illinois’ sporting goods manufacturers and designers create everything from baseball bats to hunting stands.
Microbreweries are increasingly having a macro impact on the Main Streets of once-sleepy Illinois outposts like Petersburg.
Pilsen-based CH Distillery, the craft distillery known for its organic vodka and London dry gin, will begin making the strong-flavored liquor in 2019.
About one in 10 Illinois workers is employed by a company related to manufacturing. Read about the products and the people that make our state tick.