• Lincoln-Way West alumna Gabrielle Tanquilut performs on the Warriors dance team in 2015. Burns Photography

    Dancing like there’s no tomorrow

    July 28, 2016 By James Sanchez, Assistant Editor Sports
    side from skill, hip-hop dancing requires a certain personality, style and confidence in order to be great at it. Those traits fit Lincoln-Way West alumna Gabrielle Tanquilut the best more than any other realm in dance, she said
  • Wooden Paddle Pizza’s The Buzzkill (starting at $8.35) features fresh basil, pepperoni, Calabrian chili peppers and fresh mozzarella on red tomato sauce, topped with honey. Bill Jones/22nd Century Media

    Wooden Paddle signature pie anything but a buzzkill

    July 27, 2016 By Bill Jones, Managing Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

    No matter how much January 2014’s Pizza of the Month was, like any other Pizza of the Month, designed to simply come and go at Orland Park’s Wooden Paddle Pizza, owners Jonathan and Bria

  • Michelle Freeland, director of the Lincoln-Way Youth Strings Ensemble conducts the group Thursday, July 21, at it’s free summer concert at Lincoln-Way East high school. Seamus Scanlan/22nd Century Media

    Beat-ing the heat

    July 26, 2016 By Michael Ivey, Editorial Intern Life & Arts
    The rainy weather and hot temperatures this past week did not wash out the tunes of the Lincoln-Way Youth Strings Ensemble. The youth ensemble performed a concert Thursday, July 21 in the cafeteria of Lincoln-Way East High School. The performance was the ensemble’s annual summer concert, which originally had been scheduled to take place at the Frankfort Square Park District, but the high heat index drove the ensemble to seek a cooler climate.
  • Festa Italia member Ray Loffredi, of Mokena, cooks sausages July 17 for the third annual Festa Italiana hosted in the Metra parking lot on Front Street. Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

    Showing pride in Italian heritage

    July 25, 2016 By Amanda Del Buono, Freelance Reporter News
    Despite the rain on the morning on July 17, the third annual Festa Italiana took over the Metra parking lot on Front Street. Celebrating Italian heritage, attendees donned red, white and green as they enjoyed food from a plethora of vendors, several activities and an extensive lineup of entertainment.
  • Mokena Korean War veteran Bob Menclewicz (left) shakes hands with Boy and Girl Scouts waiting for him to return from the July 13 Honor Flight, which flew out of Chicago Midway International Airport. Photos by Mark Korosa/22nd Century Media

    Mokena Korean War veteran flies to D.C. on Honor Flight

    July 18, 2016 By Amanda Jarzynski, Editor News
    It’s safe to say Mokena resident Bob Menclewicz has had his fair share of adventures throughout his life. The 86-year-old, along with his wife, Jerry, has traveled to many far-off places on vacation. Before all of his trips though, Bob Menclewicz went overseas for another reason. He was drafted into the Army during the Korean War with his two brothers, Leonard and Clarence. Sixty-three years after being discharged, Bob Menclewicz has taken the Honor Flight July 13 out of Chicago Midway International Airport, for his first visit to Washington D.C.