• The BBQ Bacon Burger ($7.99) at Burger 21 in Orland Park features applewood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, onion strings, hickory BBQ sauce, a beef burger, lettuce and tomato on a brioche bun. It holds the honor of being the location’s most ordered burger. Photos by Bill Jones/22nd Century Media

    Quick-serve roadblock paved partner’s path to Burger 21

    July 20, 2017 By Bill Jones, Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out
    When Ed Karayanes was just 17 years old, he got a job with a quick serve restaurant. And for years, that was the only chain for which Karayanes — now a 53-year-old resident of Elk Grove Village — ever worked, ultimately earning his way to partnership in eight locations.
  • Lauren Munguia walks through the crowd to show children dry ice July 12 during a Wacky Wednesday presentation at the Franklin Loebe Center. Brittany Kapa/22nd Century Media

    Orland’s Wacky Wednesday shows the fun side of science

    July 18, 2017 By Brittany Kapa, Assistant Editor News
    Crazy outfits, messy science experiments and a mad scientist all made for a very Wacky Wednesday. Orland Park’s Recreation Department has been crafting fun summer activities for area children for years now. And Wacky Wednesday has been a staple of those offerings.
  • Dave & Buster’s offers a wide range of food options at it's family-friendly arcade. Bill Jones/22nd Century Media

    Dave & Buster’s pushes grill-style menu to ‘the next level’

    July 13, 2017 By Bill Jones, Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out
    Despite Dave & Buster’s long-standing slogan to “Eat, Drink, Play (and watch Sports),” its Orland Park location has fielded bizarrely similar calls over the past five years, with many first-timers not understanding why the “Eat” is actually first in the list of the entertainment center’s offerings.
  • Sandburg alumnus Tommy Carmody, a 6-foot-9 middle blocker, was named to Team USA’s roster this past month. Martin A. Folb/Pepperdine University

    Orland Park native continues volleyball career

    July 10, 2017 By Steve Millar, Freelance Reporter Sports
    Volleyball is taking Tommy Carmody around the world. Carmody, an Orland Park native and 2011 Sandburg graduate, finished his first professional season in May, playing for Valepa in Finland’s Champions League.
  • Francesca’s Vicinato’s Burrata con Pomodorini features the soft cheese alongside heirloom tomatoes and basil, topped with aged balsamic. (Bill Jones/22nd Century Media)

    Francesca’s Vicinato joins franchise in celebrating 25 years

    July 6, 2017 By Bill Jones, Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out
    When Mia Francesca first opened in 1992 on Clark Street in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, it did not take reservations and reportedly saw lines down the street as word of mouth spread. Its recent 25th anniversary celebration, featuring the original menu and throwback prices ...