10th La Grange Restaurant Week kicks off Friday

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By Steve Metsch For the 10th straight year, folks are invited to visit old favorites and try unfamiliar places during the La Grange Restaurant Week. “It’s a healthy way of building the community, getting people to try new things,” said Zach Molokie, culinary director for Cloud 9 Hospitality, which owns Barrel House Social. “I think…

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Spartan Educational Foundation presents Rat Pack tribute


By Kelly White Oak Lawn Community High School’s Spartan Educational Foundation is dedicated to helping students fulfill their dreams. “The Spartan Educational Foundation is continuously looking for opportunities to raise funding to support our student scholarship and staff mini-grant programs,” Michael Riordan, Superintendent at Oak Lawn Community Hight School and Spartan Educational Foundation Board Member,…

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Stickney’s St. Pius X Parish to merge with St. Leonard

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By Bob Bong St. Pius X Parish in Stickney will merge with St. Leonard Parish in Berwyn this summer, Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, announced last month. The merger is part of the archdiocese’s ongoing Renew My Church initiative and will take effect on July 1. The new parish will have one pastor and…

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Victress Women’s Wellness Center sets goals for 2022

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By Kelly White Empowering women in the new year is Victress, a wellness center for women, in Palos Heights. The center opened in October at 7120 W. 127th St. and welcomed in the new year with a goal-setting seminar open to women in the local community called, Achieve 2022: This year set goals, not resolutions.…

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Experienced bakers buy The Great American Bagel in Palos Heights

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New owners nearly double the menu for breakfast, lunch By Cosmo Hadac When The Great American Bagel’s shop in Palos Heights changed hands late last year, the new owners who walked in the door weren’t exactly new. Manny Rios Sr. and his wife, Silvia, have nearly 50 years of combined experience in the bagel…

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Pekau takes Rubin and Foxx to task over mandate punishments


By Jeff Vorva Orland Park has Cook’s County’s attention. The village’s decision to vote against enforcing Cook County COVID-19 mandates at a special meeting Dec. 28 has been a hot topic. The village’s position is that businesses need not require proof of vaccination for patrons to enter. Some businesses are taking the board up on…

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Hog Wild to open Monday in Oak Lawn


By Kelly White Dining choices will get a boost in Oak Lawn with the arrival of Hog Wild. The restaurant is scheduled to open Monday, January 17, at 4040 W. 111th St. That’s a week later than originally scheduled. “We are very fortunate here in Oak Lawn to have attracted Hog Wild,” Oak Lawn Mayor…

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New county mandate to combat COVID surge

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Restaurants, fitness centers, venues will be required to check vaccination status on Jan. 3 By Bob Bong The latest surge of COVID cases has people flocking to testing centers to see if they have the virus and those that definitely have it threatening to overwhelm local hospitals. The Illinois Department of Public Health last Friday…

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Comings & Goings: Smashburger opens Thursday in Orland Park

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By Bob Bong Get ready Orland Park, you are about to be smashed. Don’t worry, it won’t hurt. In fact, you will probably enjoy it. Denver-based Smashburger will open its newest south suburban location on Thursday at 15061 S. LaGrange Road in Orland Park near the new Raising Cane’s, Chipotle and Panera restaurants on the…

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Chuck Lager restaurant coming to Orland Park


By Jeff Vorva Fabio showed up to the Village of Orland Park Board of Trustees meeting Monday night. No, not the famous model and actor with the long hair. But this Fabio has a little bit of celebrity status. Fabio Viviani, representing Chuck Lager American Tavern restaurant, was on hand to talk about a proposed…

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