• Julie Shapiro, of Orland Park, won the 2015 Vacation Photo Contest with this photo of her daughter jumping into a rive while on a hike in Big Sky, Montana. (photo submitted)

    Getting ready for summer

    May 21, 2015 By Staff Report News

    51 fun things to do in the southwest suburbs this summer

    The weather is getting nicer, school is out and vacation time is aplenty.

  • Sandburg graduate Scott Fifer (far right) reacts to a play May 9 while serving as a setter for Lewis University’s men’s volleyball team during the NCAA championship game in California. Casey Valentine

    Sandburg grads help Lewis to title game

    May 19, 2015 By Riley Simpson, Assistant Editor Sports

    Fresh off the high school state title in 2011, Sandburg varsity volleyball coach Sean Airola saw then-junior Scott Fifer as a West Coast guy, so the coach was surprised when the setter w

  • The Berkshire pork chop ($24) at Zachary’s in Palos Heights is a double chop served with roasted potatoes and red peppers. It is served with a pan jus sauce featuring garlic, rosemary, thyme, herbs and white wine. Riley Simpson/22nd Century Media

    Old space gets new cuisine

    May 19, 2015 By Riley Simpson, Assistant Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

    Frankfort resident Zach Kubiak calls himself “an old soul.”

  • Orland Park native and Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants founder/CEO Tim McEnery this week opened the 19th location of the franchise he started in his hometown. Jean Lachat/22nd Century Media

    Q&A with Cooper’s Hawk founder Tim McEnery, Part I

    May 19, 2015 By Bill Jones, Editor Life & Arts

    A legend has it, Orland Park native Tim McEnery was always destined to be in the restaurant business.

  • St. Michael School Assistant Principal Nancy Makowski (left) stands with retiring Principal Bernadette Cuttone, as she uses a megaphone to project while saying a few words to the crowd in attendance May 8 at a surprise send-off organized by students, staff and parents. Tristan Zeier/22nd Century Media

    Cuttone ready to make way

    May 19, 2015 By Bill Jones, Editor News, School

    When Bernadette Cuttone started her career in education back in 1972, she entertained the idea of working for public schools, but something — call it divine intervention