• The costeletta alla griglia ($28.99) is one of the most popular special items at Ottimo. Max Lapthorne/22nd Century Media

    The Dish: Ottimo brings authentic Italian dining to Orland Park

    June 23, 2017 By Max Lapthorne, Contributing Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

    Tucked away in a strip mall set back from LaGrange Road in Orland Park is a restaurant that seems better fit for a small town in Italy than a southwest suburb of Chicago.

  • Andrew Special Olympians (left to right) Tyler Olsen, Zach Herzberger and Spiros Drikos show off the medals they earned at the Summer Games held June 9 and 10 at Illinois State University and Normal High School. Bob Klein/22nd Century Media

    Work hard, play hard: Andrew’s athletes go for more than just the gold at Summer Games

    June 20, 2017 By Frank Gogola, Freelance Reporter Sports, High School

    Andrew sophomore Tyler Olson was hesitant to join a high school sports team as a freshman.

  • Tinley Park couple Wayne and Joan Hochwarter man a booth at Orland Township’s Pet-Palooza held June 17 and help others see what their organization, Minnie’s Memorial Fund, does for pets with special needs. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22ndCentury Media

    A pawsitively good time: Orland Township’s Pet-Palooza offers afternoon of fun

    June 20, 2017 By Laurie Fanelli, Freelance Reporter Life & Arts

    Anyone who has ever welcomed a four-legged friend into their home knows how important pets are to their families. 

  • For over two decades, Laurie Mraz has taught at St. George School in Tinley Park. Mraz, 64, of Matteson, stands inside one of her classrooms and poses for a photo. F. Amanda Tugade/22nd Century Media

    One for the books: Following her recent retirement, St. George’s Laurie Mraz reflects on 26-year long teaching career

    June 20, 2017 By F. Amanda Tugade, Editor News, School

    Laurie Mraz’s nameplate has yet to be removed from the door of her former second-grade classroom.

  • Improvisors (left to right) Josh Blair, Marianna Piatanesi, Sarah Denton, Peter Glodowski and Samantha Bryce make up Graffiti on the Fourth Wall, a Tinley Park-based improv group that recently performed at the Tinley Park Performing Arts Center. The group is to perform, once again, Saturday, July 29. Photos by Bob Klein/22nd Century Media

    Off the wall: Tinley Park’s Graffiti on the Fourth Wall stirs up laughs

    June 15, 2017 By F. Amanda Tugade, Editor Life & Arts
    Thirty-eight-year-old Peter Glodowski remembered the very first time he stepped onstage – and it was not his call either.