• Mother-son competitors Jamie Vita, 42, and her son Cater Vita, 10, of Tinley Park, show off some of their signature moves at Mokena-based Family Martial Arts Friday, Nov. 9. Family Martial Arts combined for an astounding 103 medals, plus three Grand Champion trophies, at the Chicago Martial Arts Association TaeKwonDo Championship on Nov. 5 in Carpentersville. PHOTOS BY MEGAN SCHULLER/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

    Tinley Park, Mokena students get a kick out of martial arts

    December 14, 2018 By Megan Schuller, Assistant Editor Sports, Youth
    Parent Sandi Levato, of Tinley Park, said that the staff at Family Martial Arts has taught her daughter invaluable lessons. “It’s not just a school, it’s a family,” Levato said. “My daughter has learned confidence, focus and strength from the masters who love our children just as much as we do.”
  • Henry Jacobek, 7, of Oak Forest, watches a miniature train move around a Christmas tree on Dec. 1 at Vogt Visual Arts Center in Tinley Park. PHOTOS BY MARY COMPTON/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

    Christmas Convoy: Tinley Park's Vogt Visual Arts Center welcomes toy train enthusiasts for holiday exhibit

    December 13, 2018 By Mary Compton, Freelance Reporter Life & Arts, The Arts
    “Everyone that has come through these doors tell me that trains go with Christmas,” said Julie Dekker, VVAC gallery director. ”This year is the first year we have a big tree with a train going around it. Walk in our front door and you’ll find Christmas.”
  • Personalized gift booths, such as this display set up by Tinley Park resident and Millennium Elementary mom Jennifer Duchene, highlighted the school’s Winter Market. PHOTOS BY LAURIE FANELLI/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

    Millennium PTO's Winter Market was perfect for Tinley Park shoppers big and small

    December 12, 2018 By Laurie Fanelli, Freelance Reporter Life & Arts
    Millennium Elementary School provided the perfect way for families to bond while browsing for a special something with its annual Winter Market. Along with featuring over 40 vendors selling everything from jewelry to tasty treats to hand crafted items, the event also offered a place for children to shop – with the help of one of Santa’s helpers – for low-cost gifts for mom and dad.
  • Christmas Eve in 2016: The streets of the West Loop/Fulton Market are largely barren. The only thing that could make it more enjoyable are some snowflakes. BILL JONES/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

    Get out of Town! Chicago a winter wonderland with the right perspective

    December 11, 2018 By Bill Jones, Managing Editor Life & Arts, Living
    It seems counterintuitive to enjoy a city more when its winters make travel a nightmare, when its windchills provide an extreme endurance challenge as good as any and when, at its worst, most of its outdoor attractions are off limits. But those are the types of things that discourage normal folks, and for me that means an opportunity to explore a usually bustling cityscape without as much of the bustle.
  • Andrew senior Luc Valdez, shown wrestling at the Barrington Invitational on Nov. 24, is aiming for a state appearance this season after he was a point away in 2017-2018. PHOTOS BY GARY LARSEN/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

    The 'Luc' of Determination: Andrew wrestler Valdez wants state bid not alternate ending

    December 10, 2018 By Gary Larsen, Freelance Reporter Sports, High School
    “That sour taste is something that doesn’t go away,” T-Bolts coach Mike Pila said. “They think about it when they’re summer wrestling, lifting, in the preseason, in the practice room — it’s always there in the back of their minds.”

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