• 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.

  • 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

    The Dish: New in town

    May 18, 2015 By Riley Simpson, Assistant Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

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

  • Lisa Trout holds a collection of memory bears she created May 12 at her home in New Lenox. Photo illustration by Nancy Burgan/22nd Century Media

    Blankets, baskets, bears, oh my!

    May 18, 2015 By Meredith Dobes, Editor Life & Arts

    They say the eyes are the windows to the soul, but fabric artist Lisa Trout’s handmade memory bears have plenty of soul — and no eyes.

  • Lincoln-Way West junior Ryan Hastings rounds third base May 13 during a game at Lincoln-Way Central. Tristan Zeier/ 22nd Century Media

    Striving for state

    May 18, 2015 By Dave Owen, Staff Writer Sports, High School

    Warriors baseball team works toward playoff success as record improves

  • Jordi Gallegos prepares to bowl Saturday, May 16, during the New Lenox Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Strike Out Hunger Candlelight Bowling Bash at Laraway Lanes in New Lenox. Tristan Zeier/22nd Century Media

    Will bowl for food

    May 18, 2015 By Rebecca Susmarski, Assistant Editor News

    Chamber’s bowling bash benefits Township food pantry