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Frankfort’s Dancing Marlin becomes

dining destination to eat, drink and share

Dancing Marlin is proud

to be the first southwest

suburban Chicago restaurant

to offer shared plates

featuring fine American

cuisine in a hip, yet casual

setting. Conveniently

located in Frankfort, minutes

from Interstate 80,

Dancing Marlin offers a

seasonally evolving menu

that highlights innovative

and sustainable fare. Experience

a cutting edge, chefdriven

menu that features

dishes made in-house from


Well recognized for

fabulous food, Dancing

Marlin’s sharing concept

assures an entertaining

and memorable dining experience.

Voted Best Date

Night Spot, Best Outdoor

Dining, and Best Brunch

in 22nd Century Media’s

2019 Southwest Choice

Awards, Dancing Marlin is

the perfect dining destination

for any occasion.

Listen to the critics

who said in the Chicago

Tribune,“This seafood

specialist would feel right

at home in River North or

Lincoln Park,” and from

ABC 7 Chicago’s “Hungry

Hound” – “Dancing

Marlin offers cutting edge



The sharing concept at

Dancing Marlin is the perfect

choice when choosing

a date night spot or when

dining with family and

friends. With no rules for

sharing, diners are encouraged

to begin by ordering

a few dishes to share. For

those who are still hungry,

go ahead and try a few

more. If someone is not the

sharing type, (and there’s

nothing wrong with that),

they can enjoy one of the


We provide dog walks,

in-home vacation care and pet

sitting services for all pets.

Locally owned and operated since 2006.

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large DM entrée offerings.

Start the tasting adventure

with house-made sliders,

tacos or a flatbread, and

then enjoy a DM Signature

Dish such as Gnudi,

the Fig and the Pig or the

locally-acclaimed New

York strip steak served

Tuscan style. Don’t forget

the fresh seafood. Dancing

Marlin features fresh fish

and oysters sourced direct

from Hawaii, Japan, British

Columbia and other

highly acclaimed seafood

locations. Signature dishes

such as crab-stuffed peppers,

DM Scallops, Korean

BBQ shrimp, and

daily Fresh-Off-the-Hook

specials will tantalize any


The full-service DM Bar

offers 18 carefully selected

wines served from an innovative

tap system which

ensures a perfect pour with

every glass. Seasonally

inspired, handcrafted DM

cocktails are also guaranteed

to please everyone.

Enjoy Sunday Brunch

from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.,

where diners can savor

delicious shareable and

larger plate treats, such as

morning tacos, chicken

and waffles and French

toast. For those with an

early Sunday appetite, experience

the popular “All

You Can Munch Brunch”,

an all-you-can-eat dining

adventure for the entire

table at $18 for adults and

$12 for children. Sunday

Brunch also features the

“Marlin Mary Bar,” where

diners can mix and craft

their own Bloody Mary.

Dancing Marlin also

provides the perfect setting

for any private dining

needs, including birthdays,

anniversaries, showers and

large corporate dinners.

Group events are a specialty

at Dancing Marlin

where a private party will

be staffed with dedicated

servers and a host to ensure

that the group’s every

needs are met with perfection.

Visit Dancing Marlin

today for the perfect

date night spot, a Sunday

brunch adventure, or for

spring and summer outdoor

dining. Dancing Marlin

is the go-to dining destination

for family, friends,

date night or a special private

group party.

Submitted by Dancing

Marlin, 20590 S. LaGrange

Road, Frankfort. For more

information, call (815) 464-

6646 or visit www.dancing


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Best Outdoor Dining

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Chinese Kitchen

Fat Rosie’s voted area’s

Best Mexican Restaurant

On a trip to Mexico after opening his

first couple of restaurants, chef and proprietor

Scott Harris met a wonderful old

Agave farmer with a dedicated pet donkey.

This man’s steadfast donkey had

worked alongside him in the Agave fields

for more than 20 years. While most would

disregard their work animal, the old farmer

treated Fat Rosie as part of the family.

They had a rare and inseparable bond

that had formed through the many years

of hard work, sweat, and tears. Harris admired

the love and care that this old man

had for his trusted donkey. He admired it

so much in fact, that one night after many

shots of tequila he promised the old farmer

he would one day open a tequila bar

and name it after the beloved donkey, Fat


Fat Rosie’s offers a modern take on traditional

Mexican fare. The restaurant won

Best New Restaurant in the Southwest

Choice Awards in 2016 and for the last

two years has taken home the title of Best

Southwest Choice Award Winner

2017, 2018 and 2019 - Best

Mexican Restaurant

2016 - Best New Restaurant

Mexican Restaurant.

Submitted by Fat Rosie’s Taco & Tequila Bar,

28 Kansas St., Frankfort. For more information,

call (815) 534-1640 or visit www.




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Jack Gibbons Gardens all about traditions, not trends

Jack Gibbons Gardens

does not follow trends.

Diners are not going

to witness Happy Hours

or Margarita Mondays at

Jack Gibbons.

That is because Jack

Gibbons focuses on what

really matters: great food

and even better company.

The restaurant reportedly

has customers who say

they have not been there

for 25-30 years but come

back and it is just the way

they remember it.

Jack Gibbons Gardens

— or Gibbons, as the

regulars call it — opened

in 1922 as a speakeasy.

Although times have

changed drastically since

then, the restaurant itself

has not. From the

red leather booths to

the wood-paneled walls,

Jack Gibbons is truly


In a time where chain

restaurants are on every

corner, Gibbons has become

even more special

and unique. From the second

a diner sits and is instantly

delivered delicious

warm bread, three-bean

salad and coleslaw, before

even a glance at the menu,

it is easy to know one is

about to have one of the

best meals of his or her

life. From surf and turf to

fried chicken, Gibbons has

something to satisfy any


Gibbons has been described

as a “generational

place” that sees everyone

from grandfathers and fathers

to their grandchildren

who dine there.

A secret to that success

is that the restaurant’s staff

does not experience the

type of turnover seen in

some chain restaurants. Its

employees have worked

there for years, striving

for a “Cheers” vibe

with which the bartender

knows the customers,

what they’re having, and

the friends they bring with




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Gardens, 14700 Oak Park

Ave. in Oak Forest. For more

information, visit www.jack

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Tinley Park Kitchen & Bath Shoppe

repeats win in Southwest Choice Awards

Tinley Park Kitchen & Bath

Shoppe has been voted No. 1 for

Best Kitchen and Bath Remodeling

in the Southwest Choice

Awards for four years in a row.

The showroom is one of the

largest in the south suburbs and

offers something for every budget.

Customers will find a wide

selection of kitchen and bath

cabinetry from Bertch, DuraSupreme,

Haas and Wellborn Forest,

and all are made here in the


They have a room full of the

newest colors and designs in

quartz countertops like Cambria,

Zodiaq, One, Hanstone

and others. Hi-Definition laminate

in Formica and Wilsonart is

also available. See the latest in

Blanco quartz, Elkay and Kohler

kitchen sinks with faucets from

Kohler, Moen, Brizo, Symmons

and more to coordinate with any

kitchen or bath.

TPKBS also offers a variety of

flooring for a customer’s home.

They carry the newest in luxury

vinyl, glazed porcelain plank

tile, engineered hardwoods and


Their designers and installers

have years of experience in

the industry and can coordinate

every aspect of a job to make it

a smooth transition from old to


Whether customers need professional

installation or are a

“Do-It-Yourself-er” they can

help customers create the space

of their dreams.

Tinley Park Kitchen & Bath

Shoppe is a family-owned company

and this year will celebrate

their 14th year in business. They

take pride in having talented

designers, quality products and

expert installation. It is truly a

one-stop shop.

To start the process, customers

can bring in measurements and

pictures of the room that they

want to work on and one of the

designers will be able to show

them how easy it will be to turn

their existing room into the one

they have been dreaming of.

Tinley Park Kitchen & Bath

Shoppe is open seven days a

week for the convenience of

their customers.

To see pictures of their latest

projects, visit www.tpkitch

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Erie Insurance is proud

to congratulate their

Agency, Stringham

Insurance, voted Best

Insurance Agency in

this year’s Southwest

Choice Awards!

Stringham Insurance

Agency Ltd. provides

quality professional service

“Small Town Professionals!”

is an Illinoisregistered

service mark

that Stringham Insurance

Agency, Ltd. of Mokena

adopted years ago as they

felt it uniquely described

how this respected insurance

agency operates on

behalf of their clients.

When asked about the

39 years of insurance service,

the Stringhams believe

that they understand

the formula for success.

“We strive to embody

the Golden Rule and treat

others as we would want to

be treated,” said Mary Ann

Stringham, agency principal.

“Providing solid service

is truly the hallmark

of our success.”

“People come with us to

save money, but they stay

with us for the service,”

said Susie Stringham,


“We are honored

that our clients took

the time and trouble to

vote for us as their favorite

area insurance agency. We

are genuinely proud of the

service we have provided

for over 39 years.”

Stringham Insurance

Agency, Ltd. is a true, independent

insurance agency.

“That means we represent

a number of outstanding

insurance companies,”

said Richard Stringham,

agency president. “As

independent agents, we

work for the customer and

are beholding only to the


“Our independence enables

us to better fit the

client and the right product

because we usually have

a choice and that benefits

our customer ... and the

client’s satisfaction is what

it’s all about.”

As partners in life as

well as in business, Richard

and Mary Ann were

joined by their daughter,

Susie Stringham in the insurance

agency eight years

ago. They express pride at

the success of their familyowned

and operated agency.

The Stringham’s note

that they have logged more

than 39 years of helping

clients with all forms of

insurance including auto,

home, business, life and

long-term care insurance.

The Stringham’s also partner

with many of the area’s

small businesses including

a broad spectrum of contractors,

providing the best

coverage necessary and

on-the-spot support that

today’s businesses require

to successfully operate in

these fast-changing times.

One thing that hasn’t

changed at Stringham Insurance

Agency, Ltd. is

in 39 years, it’s still all

about the customer. Stop

into Stringham Insurance

Agency to see how their

family can help your family.

Submitted by Stringham

Insurance Agency, Ltd.,

19646 Wolf Road, Mokena.

For more information, cal

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Evilena’s Red Dresser was voted

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Evilena’s Red Dresser grateful for 4th win as Best Consignment Shop

“Community and gratitude

are everything,” said

Janice Sabey, owner of

Evilena’s Red Dresser.

“We wouldn’t have a store

without the community.

“We’re so grateful for

our customers and consignors,”

she added.

Evilena’s has been the

Southwest Choice Award

winner for Best Consignment

Shop in 2016, 2017,

2018 and 2019.

Evilena’s will celebrate

a decade in business this

summer with multiple expansions

over the years.

“Our latest expansion

came last year when we

took over the Starbucks

space,” Sabey said. “We

have been able to accept

more furniture and home

décor, giving buyers more


Consignment stores give

consumers a unique shopping

experience because

the inventory is constantly

changing. Evilena’s accepts

consignments on a

walk-in basis. This means

that consignors can bring

in their items when it’s

convenient for them. On

any given day, Evilena’s

can see between 30-60

consignors per day.

“When we first opened

the store, we accepted consignors

by appointment

only and we thought we

were over booking if we

had eight on our calendar

for the day,” Sabey said.

“We would schedule them

an hour apart.”

Sabey found that method

to be limiting.

“We were actually booking

our consignors up to

six weeks out,” she said.

“Basically we were telling

people to not come to our

store for six weeks.”

Today, Evilena’s allows

consignors to bring in up

to 15 items of women’s

apparel and home décor

per day. This allows the

store to serve each consignor

within 15-20 minutes.

They are encouraged

to shop while their items

are being processed. Large

furniture still requires preapproval

and an appointment.

A complete listing

of items the store accepts

along with other information

on consigning can

be found at EvilenasRed-


In addition to the eclectic

mix of consigned items,

there is a variety of handmade

furniture, art and

jewelry, along with recycled

items and much

more. Evilena’s also offers

many classes and events

throughout the year.

“One of the ways we

touch the community is

with our classroom and

event space,” Sabey said.

“By expanding last year,

we were able to create a

classroom and we use it


From Bible studies to

comedy shows, Evilena’s

is always doing something

fun. In March the store

will host a Spring Sip and

Stencil Sign Painting on

March 21 and a Cabinet

Redo Farmhouse Paint

Class March 23. Watch

for info about the fashion

show on Sunday, April 28,

benefiting LWSRA, and

the second annual Garden

Walk on Saturday, June 22,

benefiting The Conservation

Foundation. All classes

and events are promoted

on the Evilena’s website

and Facebook page.

Connect with Evilena’s

Red Dresser on Facebook,

Instagram, and at www.


Visit the store at 20887 S.

LaGrange Road, Frankfort,

from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday,

Tuesday, Wednesday

and Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Thursday, and 10 a.m.-5

p.m. Saturday. The store is

closed on Sundays.

Submitted by Evilena’s Red

Dresser, 20887 S. LaGrange

Road, Frankfort. For more

information, call (815) 464-

2668 or visit www.evile



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APEK Inc. named

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suburbs for the second

year in a row. Winning this

award only inspires them

more as a company to

keep improving upon their

motto when they started

to “give quality service at

budget conscious pricing.”

It has always been their

goal as a team to give the

homeowner in need of an

exterior upgrade – roofing,

siding, soffit, fascia and

gutters – to give a product

and service that they can

afford and also be proud of

the look of their home.

When APEK Inc.

opened in 2008, they only

had a few employees but

big dreams of helping

homeowners in need reach

their home exterior goals.

The owners, Jim and

Becky Richards, have put

in the time and effort every

day since the start for

this company to become

what it is now. The level of

care and expertise found in

APEK Inc. cannot be beat.

Since then APEK has

gained knowledge and

experience in the industry

and every year grows

stronger and more efficient

with their workmanship.

As a family-run business,

they understand what clients

want in a home exterior

company. They know

what customers crave the

most – knowledgeable

salesmen, excellent customer

service and genuine

people who guide them

in the right direction, especially

when making

big decisions about their


That is one of the major

aspects that sets them apart

from the rest.

APEK is excited to offer

financing with the hope

that this alleviates some of

the stress and worries that

come with big decisions

for a customer’s home exterior

project. APEK does

their best to make sure they

can help in any way possible

to make this an easy

and unforgettable experience

for their customer.

They are familiar with the

hardships life can throw at

people and that’s why they

want to make a point of

going the extra mile for all

of their customers.

For those looking for

work to be done on their

home’s exterior then call

and make an appointment

today for a free estimate

with an APEK salesman.

They will have all of the

information needed and be

able to answer any questions

the customer may

have about the entire process

from start to finish.

Make sure to check them

out on Angie’s List and


APEK Inc. knows that

updating a home’s exterior

is a big project and

they are here to make sure

the whole process goes

smoothly for their customer.

Submitted by APEK Inc.,

1005 Industry Road, New

Lenox. For more information,

call (815) 774-0900 or

visit www.apekinc.com.

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Interiors by Diane DeCero helps clients reimagine their space

Enhancing the quality

of life can sometimes be

as simple as designing a

beautiful and comfortable

home that fulfills the needs

of the family that lives

there. Interior design is all

about improving the physical

aspects of the environment

to reflect personal

styles and functionality

within various spaces.

Whether the goal of

the project is to incorporate

clashing tastes of

traditional and modern

elements into a complete

transitional look and feel,

or whether it is rearranging

or replacing furniture

pieces to offer more storage

space or accommodate

a growing family, at Interiors

by Diane DeCero they

have done it all. They have

worked with all types of

homeowners – those who

have a very specific vision

in mind and need assistance

in making it a reality,

as well as those who

are not yet able to pinpoint

what they are looking for

and need guidance.

Regardless of the challenge,

clients can count on

their professional experience

to help them achieve

the exact look they have

always been dreaming

about. The choices in custom

window treatments

are truly endless – from

options in draperies and

valances to blinds, shades

and shutters.

“Window treatments are

the ball gowns of every

room,” DeCero said.

At Interiors by Diane

DeCero, they take pride in

their extensive knowledge

and experience in assisting

homeowners in making

the most of their investment

in custom window

treatments. They focus on

the goals for each room –

whether it be adding a soft

touch to the décor, allowing

more natural light into

the space, or creating a desired

level of privacy.

People who choose to

invest in reupholstering are

usually driven by the wish

to preserve the quality of

the furniture they already

own or the need to hold

on to the sentimental value

associated with the different

pieces in their home. In

some cases, reupholstering

can be costlier than replacing

the furniture. But

nowadays, it can be nearly

impossible to obtain comparable

quality at a reasonable

cost. Widely available

furniture has gone

down in price, but also in

value. Consequently, even

though it can be very easy

to replace a dining room

set or a sofa as far as initial

cost, the return on investment

will likely decrease

exponentially with time as

furniture made today is not

usually meant to last.

At Interiors by Diane

DeCero, they recommend

considering reupholstering

as a great option to make

the most of the valuable

pieces the homeowners

already have in their possession.

Many people enjoy

making their homes reflect

their personal décor tastes,

however, there are also

those homeowners who

absolutely dread the process

out of fear of getting

it all wrong. Regardless of

the category their clients

fit in, most have a difficult

time navigating through

the immense pool of

choices when it comes to

colors, fabrics and styles.

At Interiors by Diane

DeCero, their goal is to

meet and exceed their clients’

expectations in regard

to professional home

décor. They dissect every

room while keeping in

mind the overall look and

feel of the home to make

every space inviting and

comfortable. In the process,

they often inevitably

help homeowners to fall

in love with their property

all over again. After

all, home décor reflects

the life of the family that

lives in the home and it

should tell a story of who

they are. They love to help

their clients write their


Interiors by Diane De-

Cero, 905 S. State St.,

Lockport, is open 10 a.m.-

5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays

and Fridays, 1-5 p.m.

Wednesdays and 10 a.m.-2

p.m. Saturdays. Evening

hours are available by appointment


Submitted by Interiors by

Diane DeCero, 905 S. State

St., Lockport. For more

information or to schedule

an in-home consultation, call

(815) 552-2491 or visit www.


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Murphy Real Estate Group wins Best Real Estate Brokerage

On Dec. 20, 1997, Jim

Murphy walked into his

CEO’s office and resigned

from his executive position

in the consumer electronics

industry to pursue

a career in real estate.

After six months of preparation,

Murphy launched

the Murphy Real Estate

Group. Although the road

was rough early on, the

experience was invaluable,

Murphy said.

“Going straight into

ownership with a staff and

no previous real estate experience

probably is not

the most prudent way to

enter our business,” he

said. “We would go several

days, even weeks, without

a phone call. But I’ve

always found the best way

to identify who you really

are, and your true character

is during your toughest


Murphy Real Estate

Group has been through

the highs and lows of the

real estate business during

the last 21 years, including

the tremendous real

estate boom starting in

2002-2006 to the incredible

market collapse from


“Experience is our difference

maker, but our

quality people is our most

valuable asset,” Murphy


Murphy Real Estate

Group brokers have an

average of more than 25

years of real estate experience.

New technology

tools and the internet have

enhanced and accelerated

information of the real estate

business, but Murphy

said “the bottom line is

this a people business.”

“Many new broker

models will fail due to

being hollow,” he said.

“In other words, they are

absent when critical moments

in the transaction


“The main ingredient

to being successful in

real estate is your ability

to effectively problem

solve, while keeping your

integrity and professionalism.

If you are not a solid

solution maker, you will

not be an effective broker

long term.”

The Murphy Real Estate

Group has grown to

more than 3,000 client relationships.

“A very high percentage

of our business is repeat

and referred clients,”

Murphy said. “Some of

our clients we are assisting

currently are the third

generation of the same


“Our clients know we

will treat it as if it were

our own.”

Submitted by The Murphy

Real Estate Group, 25 E.

Colorado Ave., Frankfort.

For more information, call

(815) 464-1110 or visit www.


Murphy Real Estate Group


Thank You for

Voting Murphy Group the Best

Real Estate Brokerage!


James Murphy

Broker Owner

Joan Armon Kathleen Giacalone June Gill Gerard Huguelet Kathleen Lamarca-


Carol Loebe

Michelle McMahon

Michelle Pomykalski

Joann Tomczak

Marian Bode


16 | March 21, 2019 | 22nd Century Media Southwest Choice Awards


Local attorney advises call before buying or selling real estate

There are many things to

consider when deciding to

buy or sell real estate. Most

importantly is whether to

hire a real estate agent to

assist them. If people are

selling, they can list their

property, or sell the property

themselves without the

help of a real estate professional,

(often referred to

as “FSBO.”) If people are

buying real estate, they

must decide whether to

utilize a real estate agent to

find properties and arrange

for showings, or they may

conduct internet searches

on their own. In any event,

every property transaction

is unique, so it is important

for anyone in the process of

buying or selling real estate

market to decide before they

even get started, on how to


An attorney can assist

people when making this

decision by pointing out

the pros and cons of each

approach. People may find

they are able to save tens

of thousands of dollars in

expenses, including real estate

commissions, and other

closing costs, in the short

run, when deciding to sell

by owner, however, they

may also find that the effort

and unknown jeopardy in

handling things themselves

may not be worth saving the

dollars in the long run.

If people do decide to utilize

a real estate agent for

selling their property, there

are legal contracts and disclosures

to be signed when

hiring a real estate agent.

They must first evaluate

their proposed agreement

for listing the property for

sale, including agreements

allowing dual agency [and

potential conflicts of interests,]

the duration of the

listing, and the marketing,

disclosures, and other terms

of the listing agreement.

The rights and responsibilities

of the real estate agent

and the homeowner are important

and consequential

and are best explained by

a licensed attorney. With

the assistance of an experienced

legal professional,

people will possess the

tools to make a proper decision

as an informed client.

If someone is interested in

purchasing real estate, keep

in mind that some real estate

agents ask for people to sign

an exclusive agreement as

well before they begin the

home search process. These

agreements can hold several

obligations and duties

that should be understood

by the persons signing the

agreement so they can again

make an informed decision.

Additionally, if people

need to engage a mortgage

broker or lender as a buyer

of property, there are legal

contracts and disclosures

to be signed before the process

begins. Many of these

are important governmental

and regulatory documents,

and people may need to

understand the legal ramifications

of the proposed

agreements including, interest

rate locks, costs and expenses

as well as important

timelines. The rights and

responsibilities of the lender

and the homeowner are important

and consequential,

and are best explained by a

licensed attorney.

Most importantly, by directly

seeking the advice

of an attorney before the

initial process of buying or

selling a home, people can

be sure they have an attorney

that is looking out for

their best interests alone.

Thank you to all the readers for voting me Best Real Estate Attorney

in the Southwest Choice Awards.

Real Estate Attorney


I provide quality legal services in the Chicago Metropolitan and Northern Illinois areas in Cook, Will, DuPage,

Kendall, Grundy, and Kankakee Counties and can assist in trust estates, probate, estate and small business planning.

My goal has always been to provide affordable and accessible legal services to help my individual and business clients

provide for their families, protect their rights, and secure their assets. In looking out for the interests of my clients,

I insist on personal communication and assure each and every case my full attention.

Make an appointment today to meet with me to discuss your legal goals and options!

Often times homeowners

are strongly referred by

real estate agents and mortgage

brokers to work with

a “team” that is familiar to

the real estate agent and/or

mortgage broker, and that

“team” often includes an

“exclusive” attorney. Attorney

Mark J. Weidman

finds this is an unfortunate

approach, as it may leave

the client wondering sometimes

if their team members

are communicating and

working exclusively on the

homeowner’s behalf, or if

they are communicating and

working under the influence

of obtaining future referrals

from other members of the


Although Weidman is

happy to accept client referrals

from real estate agents,

other attorneys, and mortgage

brokers, he does not

solicit or incentivize these

referrals due to his devoted

commitment to his clients

alone, and the very important

decisions his clients

have to make regarding

their contractual obligations

to their real estate agents

and their mortgage lenders.

The referrals Weidman

values the most are from

current and past clients that

have used his legal services

and recommend him to their

family and friends.

After determining their

specific goals, Weidman

works exclusively on behalf

of his client to ensure the

successful completion of

their real estate transaction.

Submitted by Attorney Mark

J. Weidman, 1938 E. Lincoln

Highway S-108, New Lenox.

For more information, call

(708) 404-0164 or email



“After determining their specific goals and objectives, I work exclusively on

behalf of my client, the homeowner, to ensure the successful completion of

their real estate transaction.”

-Mark J. Weidman


1938 E Lincoln Highway S-108 | New Lenox, Illinois 60451

(T) 708.404.0164 | (F) 866.603.7358 | markjweidman@lincolnwayattorney.com


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Silver Cross proud to be named best hospital for 4th year running

Hospital also chosen as best birthing center, emergency department

For the fourth year in a

row, Silver Cross Hospital

is proud to be recognized

as the Best Hospital, Best

Emergency Room, and

Best Place to Have a Baby

in 22nd Century Media’s

annual Southwest Choice


“It’s truly an honor

to have been chosen for

these prestigious awards

for the fourth year in a

row,” said Peggy

Gricus, vice president

of Patient Care and chief

nursing officer at Silver

Cross Hospital. “You can

count on

Silver Cross to provide

you and your family safe,

high-quality care 24 hours

a day, seven days a week.”

In fact, keeping patients

safe is the hospital’s No. 1

priority, which is why Silver

Cross has earned eight


A’s for patient safety

from the Leapfrog Group,

which uses 30 measures

of publicly available hospital

data so consumers

can see how well their

hospital protects patients

from errors, accidents, injuries

and infections.

More than 2,600 U.S.

hospitals are graded twice

per year, and with eight

straight A’s, Silver Cross

is one the safest hospitals

in the nation.

And, coming later this

spring, Silver Cross will

begin offering the full

spectrum of heart care

services when it introduces

its much-needed

open-heart surgery program

on its New Lenox

campus. With this addition,

heart patients will no

longer have to experience

the stress and anxiety of

having to leave their preferred

hospital and travel

to another hospital for advanced

heart care.

Emergency Care

“For many people, care

starts in the emergency

department – either at

the hospital or our Silver


Emergency Care Center

at 143rd Street and Bell

Road in Homer Glen,”

Gricus said. “Both facilities

are open around the

clock and are staffed by

the same group of boardcertified

emergency medicine

physicians trained to

treat patients of all ages.”

The Silver Cross Emergency

Department is designated

as a Level II Trauma

Center, Primary Stroke

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Evergreen Senior Living thanks readers for votes

Evergreen Senior Living

thanks their wonderful community

for voting Evergreen Senior

Living in Orland Park the Best

Assisted Living campus in the

area. They work hard to provide

people’s loved ones with the

compassionate care that they so

richly deserve. They are proud of

their team and the attention that

they provide their seniors at their

assisted living campus as well as

at The Legacy: Memory Care.

At Evergreen Senior Living,

they are committed to helping

seniors live life their way.

Each of their residents receives

as much or as little help as they

desire, with multiple levels of

care available to meet individual

needs and preferences. From

routine medication management

to discreet personal service, seniors

maintain their dignity as

they receive personalized support

services in the privacy of

their own apartments.

Their engaging environment

allows residents to retain their

health with a sense of purpose

and fulfillment. Amenities include

chef-prepared meals, the

ability to choose from multiple

dining destinations, lovely property

and inviting spaces for family

and friends, a fitness center,

theater, library and chapel.

The Legacy: Memory Care

offers personalized care and a

unique approach to caring for

seniors with memory loss. Their

unique approach, Life Unrehearsed

allows each day to

unfold with peace and joy. The

compassionate staff at The Legacy

takes care of the day-to-day

tasks so people can go back to

their favorite role in their loved

one’s life – family.

Every detail at The Legacy:

Memory Care has been created

to make the lives of their residents

with memory loss as carefree

as possible. Walking paths

are designed in a figure eight,

so one can always find their way

to their destination. Customized

memory boxes hang outside

of apartments to reassure residents

that they are home. Bathrooms

are set at an angle in each

apartment, so residents have a

clear idea of how to enter and

exit. Kitchen and dining areas

throughout The Legacy are built

for smaller groups to ensure less

noise and interruptions and more

individualized attention.

Evergreen Senior Living is a

part of the Heritage Operations

Group family, one of Illinois’

leading senior healthcare providers.

With 55 years of successful

care for seniors and more than

50 nursing home, assisted living,

and memory care campuses

across the state, their expertise is

extensive. Throughout the years,

they’ve taken the time to refine

their approaches so their seniors

can live their best lives and their

families can have peace of mind.

Evergreen Senior Living in

Orland Park is a community

where independence thrives and

compassionate care is always


Submitted by Evergreen Senior

Living, 10820 183rd St., Orland

Park. For more information or to

schedule a tour, call (708) 479-1082

or visit www.EvergreenSLC.com/


Thank you

to our wonderful community for

voting Evergreen Senior Living the Best

Assisted Living Campus in the area.

We work hard to provide your loved

ones with the compassionate care that

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22ndcenturymedia.com Southwest Choice Awards

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2019 Winners

Readers voted for their favorite local businesses in more than 100 categories and here are the results!

And the winners are ...

22CM announces fourth annual Southwest Choice Awards winners

Heather Warthen, Chief Events Officer

The votes are in and readers of 22nd

Century Media publications have spoken.

From Jan. 17-Feb. 10, readers were

asked to pick their favorite local businesses

in more than 145 categories using

the ballot inside their newspaper or by

visiting www.22ndncenturymedia.com/

swchoice to vote online.

22nd Century Media is the publisher of

The Frankfort Station, The Homer Horizon,

The Lockport Legend, The Mokena Messenger,

The New Lenox Patriot, The Orland

Park Prairie and The Tinley Junction.

If readers completed more than 50 categories,

they were entered to win 22nd

Century Media’s Southwest Choice

22nd Century Media Southwest Choice Awards presented by Celebrity Cruises

2019 Winners

Awards presented by Celebrity Cruises

prize – one $500 Mastercard gift card.

The winner of the gift card was Kendall

Lipine, of New Lenox. Below and

throughout this section are the winners in

each category.



Tom’s Barber Shop

17026 Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park

(708) 532-1565

Beauty School

Capri Beauty College

15815 Rob Roy Drive, Oak Forest

(708) 687-3020

1938 E. Lincoln Highway, New Lenox

(815) 485-3020

Day Spa, Hair Salon and Mani/Pedi

Jeffrey LaMorte

20821 S. LaGrange Road, Frankfort

(815) 469-0660

1243 S. State St., Lemont

(630) 243-0660

15194 S. LaGrange Road, Orland Park

(708) 364-0660


Massage Envy

Multiple locations, www.massageenvy.com


L.A. Tan

Multiple locations, www.latan.com


Assisted Living

Evergreen Senior Living

10820 183rd St., Orland Park

(708) 479-1082


Sports & Spine Chiropractic

39 West Bankview Drive, Frankfort

(815) 464-7113


Patterson Dental Center

19721 Wolf Road, Mokena

(708) 479-5865


Dr. Christopher Udovich

222 Colorado Ave., Frankfort

(815) 469-2123

Emergency Room

Silver Cross Hospital

1900 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox

(815) 300-1100

Hearing Clinic

Century ENT

16001 108th Ave., Orland Park

(708) 460-0007

Home Health Care

Palos Health

12251 S. 80th Ave., Palos Heights

(708) 923-4000


Silver Cross Hospital

1900 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox

(815) 300-1100


Dr. John Bush

9661 W. 143rd St., Orland Park

(708) 460-0931


Booth Orthodontics

12635 W. 143rd St., Homer Glen

(815) 301-0005


Hinsdale Orthopaedics

Multiple locations



Dr. Sean Diamond, MD

16621 S. 107th Court, Orland Park

(888) 584-7888

Physical Therapy

ATI Physical Therapy

Multiple locations, www.atipt.com

Place to have a Baby

Silver Cross Hospital

1900 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox

(815) 300-1100


Mokena Foot & Ankle Clinic P.C.

19841 Wolf Road, Mokena

(815) 479-0790

Senior Living

Tinley Court Catered Senior Living

16301 S. Brementowne Road, Tinley Park

(708) 532-7800

Urgent Care

Palos Health Immediate Care


15300 West Ave., Orland Park

(708) 460-5550

Vision Center

Family Eye Care of Lockport

16612 W. 159th St. #200, Lockport

(815) 836-3937

Weight Loss Center

WW (formerly Weight Watchers)

15176 S. LaGrange Road, Orland Park

(800) 651-6000


Recreational Vehicles

Auto Dealer (Domestic)

Bettenhausen Automotive

8355 W. 159th St., Tinley Park

(708) 532-2665

Auto Dealer (Imports)

Community Honda of Orland Park

8340 W. 159th St., Orland Park

(708) 364-2600

Motorcycle Dealer

Chi-Town Harley-Davidson

17801 S. LaGrange Road, Tinley Park

(708) 623-6000

RV Dealer

Terry’s RV Center

20450 S. LaGrange Road, Frankfort

(800) 603-8600

Fitness &


Art Studio

Art a la Carte

11209 W. 159th St., Orland Park

(708) 403-2233

Bowling Alley

Strike N Spare II Bowling Center

811 Northern Drive, Lockport

(815) 838-2450


Harrah’s Joliet

151 N. Joliet St., Joliet

(815) 740-7800

Country Club

Silver Lake Country Club

14700 82nd Ave., Orland Park

(708) 349-6940

Dance Studio

Allegro Music and Dance Academy

1014 S. Hamilton St., Lockport

(815) 838-2301

Driving Range

White Mountain Golf Park

9901 179th St., Tinley Park

(708) 478-4653

Family Entertainment Center

Dave & Buster’s

49 Orland Square Park, Orland Park

(708) 428-2100

Fitness Center/Gym

LA Fitness

Multiple locations, www.lafitness.com

Gaming Center

Dave & Buster’s

49 Orland Square Park, Orland Park

(708) 428-2100

Golf Course

Silver Lake Country Club

14700 82nd Ave., Orland Park

(708) 349-6940

Gymnastics Center


19220 Ridge Drive, Mokena

(708) 479-6969


Holiday Inn Chicago - Tinley Park

Convention Center

18501 Convention Center Drive, Tinley Park

(708) 444-1100

Live Entertainment Venue


23320 S. LaGrange Road, Frankfort

(815) 469-7315

Movie Theater

Emagine Frankfort

19965 S. LaGrange Road, Frankfort

(779) 216-5200

Music Lessons

Allegro Music and Dance Academy

1014 S. Hamilton St., Lockport

(815) 838-2301

Wedding Venue


23320 S. LaGrange Road, Frankfort

(815) 469-7315


Yoga 360

91 Bankview Drive, Frankfort

(815) 806-0360


Asian Fusion

Q Restaurant

11379 W. 159th St., Orland Park

(708) 966-2179


Fleckenstein’s Bakery

19225 S. LaGrange Road, Mokena

(708) 479-5256

352 W. Maple St., Suite E, New Lenox

(815) 462-3595

Winner’s list

continues on page 22

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22CM Southwest Choice Awards ceremony draws nearly 200 attendees

Winners celebrate at annual event

Heather Warthen, Chief Events Officer

Winners of 22nd Century Media’s fourth annual

Southwest Choice Awards were invited to attend a cocktail

party and awards ceremony March 5 at the Tinley

Park Convention Center in Tinley Park.

The honorees feasted on a variety of hors d’oeuvres

including fresh vegetable crudites with ranch dip, cheese

board, seared sesame tuna, grilled steak crostini, beef

empanada with chipotle aioli, a pear, Brie and toasted almond

filo purse, mini crab cakes with remoulade sauce,

assorted mini quiche, pulled pork sliders, cucumber

finger sandwiches, shrimp cocktail shooters, avocado

deviled eggs, spinach-ricotta stuffed mushrooms, tomato

and mozzarella caprese skewer, prosciutto-wrapped

asparagus with Boursin cheese and balsamic glaze, and

chicken pot stickers with soy dipping sauce.

The winner of the $500 BMO Harris Bank Mastercard

gift card was also announced at the event. Kendall

Lipine, of New Lenox, was selected as the winner.

Entertainment was provided by The Actors Gymnasium

and included a costumed table lady carrying appetizers

(pictured below) and magician.

The award winners received a Southwest Choice

Awards plaque with their business name engraved on it,

window cling and a photo from the ceremony of each

business owner or representative.

Photos by Adam Jomant/22nd Century Media



owner Jim


(left) participates

in a magic trick with magician Sean

Masterson, of The Actors


The Murphy Real Estate Group, winners of Best Real Estate Brokerage, smile for a photo.

Kathy Giacalome (left) watches magician Sean

Masterson of The Actors Gymnasium (middle) perform

a trick with Jill Trimeur.

Melissa Pitts (left), Courtney McKibben (middle) and

Peggy Gricus, of Silver Cross Hospital, show off the

hospital’s awards for Best Emergency Room, Best

Hospital and Best Place to Have a Baby.

Lori Mazeika (left) and Bernie Crean, of Palos

Health, show off the awards for Best Home

Health Care and Best Urgent Care.

Maertin Heating & Cooling employees pose for a photo with their award for Best Heating/


Winners of Best Landscaping, Lauren Rhein (left) and

Jim Melka, of Melka Landscaping & Garden Center,

smile with their award.

Kathy Brady, account executive with Lou

Malnati’s Pizzeria, shows off the award for

Best Chicago-Style Pizza.

Steve Gansel of Need a Hand Handyman

Services shows four fingers to signify his

four wins in the Best Handyman category.

Kathryn Alameda, owner of Art a la

Carte, smiles with her award for Best Art


Hannah Stanton, with The Actors

Gymnasium, offers appetizers to Chet

Brett, of Tribes Beer Co., winner of

Best Brewery, at 22nd Century Media’s

Southwest Choice Awards on March 5 at

the Tinley Park Convention Center.

Ed Nemec (left) and Tom Kara of Dancing Marlin Restaurant show off their

awards for Best Brunch, Best Date Night Spot and Best Outdoor Dining.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant’s

Toni Bria smiles with the restaurant’s

award for Best Business Lunch.

22 | March 21, 2019 | 22nd Century Media Southwest Choice Awards



The Patio (multiple locations)

7830 W. 159th St., Orland Park

(708) 429-7575

Beer Garden

Square Celt

39 Orland Square Drive, Orland Park

(708) 226-9600


HoneyField Restaurant

984 E. 9th St., Lockport

(815) 836-3880


Tribes Beer Co.

11120 Front St., Mokena

(708) 995-1361


Dancing Marlin Restaurant

20590 S. LaGrange Road, Frankfort

(815) 464-6646


Golden Corral

(multiple locations)

6803 W. 159th St., Tinley Park

(708) 444-8480



110 MacGregor Road, Lockport

(815) 524-4391

Business Lunch

Cooper’s Hawk Winery &


(multiple locations)

15690 S. Harlem Ave., Orland Park

(708) 633-0200


Raffy’s Candy Store

2751 E. Lincoln Highway #1, New Lenox

(815) 320-6152

21 S. White St., Frankfort

(815) 806-7515



110 MacGregor Road, Lockport

(815) 524-4391


Salina’s Catering

7551 175th St., Tinley Park

(708) 614-9100

Chicken Wings

Buffalo Wild Wings

Multiple locations, www.buffalowildwings.com

Chinese Food

Mo’s Chinese Kitchen

9200 W. 159th St. and 18062 Wolf Road, Orland


2417 E. Joliet Hwy., New Lenox

Date Night Spot

Dancing Marlin

20590 S. LaGrange Road, Frankfort

(815) 464-6646

Deli/Sub Sandwiches

Rubino’s Italian Imports

16635 Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park

(708) 614-0755

Family-Owned Restaurant


110 MacGregor Road, Lockport

(815) 524-4391

Fine Dining

Jack Gibbons Gardens

14700 Justamere Road, Oak Forest

(708) 687-2331

Fried Chicken

Hienie’s McCarthy’s

9869 W. 143rd St., Orland Park

(708) 349-0390

Greek Restaurant

Antonis Restaurant

1151 E. 9th St., Lockport

(815) 836-8141


Mickey’s Ribs & Gyros

(multiple locations)

17432 Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park

(708) 532-3060

Happy Hour

Girl In The Park

11265 W. 159th St., Orland Park

(708) 226-0042

Hibachi Grill


11230 Lincoln Highway, Mokena

(815) 806-1888

Hot Dogs

Joey’s Red Hots

(multiple locations)

17400 Wolf Road, Orland Park

(708) 478-6200

Ice Cream

Plush Horse Ice Cream Shoppe

Tinley Park

7903 W. 171st St., Tinley Park

(708) 444-1800

Irish Pub

Square Celt

39 Orland Square Drive, Orland Park

(708) 226-9600

Italian Restaurant


(multiple locations)

40 Kansas St., Frankfort

(815) 464-1890


Tropical Smoothie Cafe

(multiple locations)

1872 E. Lincoln Hwy., New Lenox

(815) 717-8095

7101 W. 183rd St., Unit 102, Tinley Park

(708) 468-8456

16105 Farrell Road, Lockport

(815) 523-4647

Mexican Restaurant

Fat Rosie’s Taco and Tequila Bar

28 Kansas St., Frankfort

(815) 534-1640

New Restaurant (1 year or less)

Coom’s Corner Sports Grill

1225 E. 9th St., Lockport

(815) 838-4420

Outdoor Dining

Dancing Marlin

20590 S. LaGrange Road, Frankfort

(815) 464-6646


Aurelio’s Pizza

Multiple locations, www.auerliospizza.com

Pizza (Chicago-Style)

Lou Malnati’s

Multiple locations, www.loumalnatis.com

Pizza (Most Creative)

Pizza Mia

(multiple locations)

19860 S. Harlem Ave., Frankfort

(815) 806-8300

14413 S. Bell Road, Homer Glen

(708) 301-0001

830 W. Laraway Road, New Lenox

(815) 463-8300

Pizza (Thick Crust)

Giordano’s Pizzeria

Multiple locations, www.giordanos.com

Pizza (Thin crust)

Fox’s Pizza

9655 W. 143rd St., Orland Park

(708) 349-2111

11247 W. 187th St., Mokena

(708) 478-8888


The Patio

(multiple locations)

7830 W. 159th St., Orland Park

(708) 429-7575

Seafood (Fast Food)

Just Shrimp

(multiple locations)

15940 S. Harlem Ave., Tinley Park

(708) 444-2770

Seafood (Fine Dining)

Tin Fish Restaurant

18201 S. Harlem Ave., Tinley Park

(708) 532-0200

Sports Bar

Legends Grill and Bar

9710 W. 191st St., Mokena

(708) 995-7278


Mr. Benny’s Steak & Lobster House

19200 Everett Lane, Mokena

(708) 478-5800

Sushi Restaurant


(multiple locations)

19951 S. LaGrange Road, Frankfort

(815) 469-5189

13137 S. LaGrange Road, Orland Park

(708) 671-1716

Thai Restaurant

Oy’s Thai Cuisine

1880 E. Lincoln Hwy., New Lenox

(815) 462-9000



Bobbie Noonan’s Child Care

Multiple locations, www.bobbienoonans.com

Private K-8th Grade School

Cardinal Joseph Bernardin

Catholic School

9250 W. 167th St., Orland Hills

(708) 403-6525

Private High School

Providence Catholic High School

1800 W. Lincoln Highway, New Lenox

(815) 485-2136


Pet Boarding

K9 Tailshakers

9204 Gulfstream Road, Frankfort

(815) 464-8245

Pet Groomer

A Paw-Fect Cut

33 Old Frankfort Way, Frankfort

(815) 469-2243

Pet Shop


Multiple locations, www.petsmart.com

Pet Walker

Pet Patrol

(708) 349-3647


Cedar Way Veterinary Clinic

2041 Calistoga Drive, New Lenox

(815) 462-7387

Real Estate

Commercial Real Estate Agent

Kim Wirtz, Century 21 Affiliated

1215 E. 9th St., Lockport

(708) 516-3050

Real Estate Attorney

Mark J. Weidman

1938 E. Lincoln Hwy., New Lenox

(708) 404-0164

Real Estate Brokerage

The Murphy Real Estate Group

25 E. Colorado Ave., Frankfort

(815) 464-1110

Real Estate Mortgage Lender

Marquette Bank

(multiple locations)

(877) 304-8323


Real Estate Team

Bob & Teresa Kroll, Century 21


18700 Wolf Road, Mokena

(815) 735-0749

Residential Real Estate Agent

Kevin Burke, RE/MAX Synergy

15607 S. Harlem Ave., Orland Park

(708) 805-1754


Auto Repair

Mike’s Auto Services Mokena

10201 191st St., Mokena

(708) 478-1616


Chase Bank

Multiple locations, www.chase.com


C.P. Meat Market Inc.

1312 N. Cedar Road, New Lenox

(815) 485-3629

Car Wash

Fuller’s Carwash, Detail &

Automotive Centers

Multiple locations, www.fullerscarwash.com


Creative Carpet & Flooring

19420 S. LaGrange Road, Mokena

(708) 479-8600

Credit Union

NuMark Credit Union

(multiple locations)

951 E. Lincoln Highway, New Lenox

(815) 729-3211

8001 W. 159th St., Tinley Park

(708) 429-8590

Day Care

Bobbie Noonan’s Child Care

Multiple locations, www.bobbienoonans.com


Village Square Electric

(708) 349-8550

Financial advisor

Marquette Wealth Management

(multiple locations)

(877) 304-8323



Bella Fiori Flower Shop

1820 E. Lincoln Hwy., New Lenox

(815) 463-8330

Funeral Home

O’Neil Funeral Home P.C. and

Heritage Crematory

1105 E. 9th St., Lockport

(815) 838-5010

Handyman Service

Need a Hand Handyman Services -

Steve Gansel

(815) 545-9576


Maertin Heating & Cooling

19150 Wolf Road, Mokena

(708) 479-9350

Home Builder

McMahon Custom Builders

(815) 806-9800

Home Improvement

Relentless Carpentry

8002 189th St., Mokena

(888) 575-8746

Insurance Agent

Stringham Insurance Agency Ltd.

19646 S. Wolf Road, Mokena

(708) 479-2526

Interior Design

Interiors by Diane DeCero

905 S. State St., Lockport

(815) 552-2491

Kitchen/Bath Remodeling

Tinley Park Kitchen & Bath Shoppe

17050 Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park

(708) 429-6601


Jim Melka Landscaping &

Gardening Center

11606 179th St., Mokena

(708) 349-6989

Law Firm

Frankfort Law Group

(multiple locations)

10075 W. Lincoln Highway, Frankfort

(708) 349-9333

Lawn Care

Lawn-Tech Ltd.

7320 Duvan Drive, Tinley Park

(708) 532-7411

Oil Change

Jiffy Lube

(multiple locations)


Pest Control

Southwest Pest Control

6 Ford Court, New Lenox

(815) 485-3750


Burns Photography

2555 E. Lincoln Hwy., New Lenox

(815) 485-4802


Meurer & Sons Plumbing &


1129 E. 9th St., Lockport

(815) 838-6590


Aqua Pools

13445 W. 159th St., Homer Glen

(708) 301-9400



1005 Industry Road, New Lenox

(815) 774-0900

Towing Company

Sterioti Towing

699 Green Garden Place, Lockport

(815) 726-7500

Travel Agency

Carol’s Travel Service

7625 W. 159th St., Tinley Park

(708) 532-5450

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22nd Century Media | March 21, 2019 | 23

Frankfort’s McMahon Custom Builders

voted Best Home Builder for second year

McMahon Custom Builders

is a family-owned and operated

home builder based in Frankfort.

The company has built more

than 150 homes in the southwest

suburbs with a portfolio ranging

from $500,000 to more than $1

million. In recent years, McMahon

Custom Builders has been involved

in building homes in one

of Frankfort’s most prestigious

subdivisions, Olde Stone Village.

“A lot has changed since we

started the company in 1993 but

one thing remains constant with

us,” Pat McMahon said. “We are

customer-focused with a passion

for creating beautiful homes of

value and distinction.”

McMahon Custom Builders is

renowned in the south suburbs for

their quality of workmanship and

attention to detail while helping

homeowners through every stage

of the planning and building process.

The company is also very

focused on their unrivaled after


The company has a long list

of satisfied customers who have

provided glowing testimonials

on their website. The testimonials

page has been supplemented

further by the addition of three

videos from customers making

McMahon Custom Builders

one of only a handful of builders

to showcase testimonials in

this way. The company has developed

long-lasting friendships

with many of their customers.

The company is also proud of the

service provided by all their contractors

and suppliers.

“We are very pleased to have

surrounded ourselves with the

very best team of experienced

professionals over the years who

continually exceed our expectations

and those of our customers,”

McMahon said.

Being voted the Best Home

Builder in Chicago’s southwest

suburbs for the second year in

a row is testament to the many

years of hard work and dedication

by all the people involved in

McMahon Custom Builders.

Olde Stone Village is located

at Wolf Road and Steger Road in

Frankfort. There are currently 25

prime lots available in Olde Stone

Village. Two new model homes

will be available in mid-summer

this year. Visit their website for

more information at www.mcma

honcustombuilders.com or call

(815) 603-1433 to make an appointment.

Submitted by McMahon Custom

Builders, 11677 Flagstone Turn,

Frankfort. For more information,

call (815) 806-9800 or visit www.



Home Builder 2019


of Frankfort

Prime lots still available - contact us today!


Award Winning Homes in an Award Winning School District that has it all…Shopping, Restaurants, Parks, Entertainment, Festivals, etc.

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Two model homes available in June/July

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Gym-Kinetics wins Best Gymnastics Center award

Co-owners Jim and

Wendy Fredrickson would

like to thank all of the residents

from the surrounding

area for voting Gym-Kinetics

the Best Gymnastics

Center in 22nd Century

Media’s recent Southwest

Choice Awards. Gym-Kinetics

has been in business

for 34 years and is getting

better every day. The

24,000-square-foot facility

located at 19220 Ridge

Drive in Mokena is the

largest and best equipped

gymnastic facility customers

will find anywhere.

Gym-Kinetics offers

programs for children of

all ages – starting with

walkers all the way up to

training some of the country’s

finest gymnasts. Customers

will find the best

quality instruction for every

level of class offered,

along with the latest upto-date

equipment all in a

clean safe environment.

Wendy Fredrickson said

a lot went into ensuring

they have the top gymnastics


“Hard work, some long

hours and listening to what

our customers want,” she

said. “Most importantly,

we provide quality programs

for each and every

student that comes through

the door.”

Jim Fredrickson agreed.

“We want every student

that comes through our

doors to have a great experience

and have a sense

of accomplishment,” he

said. “All of our students

have fun in class, but we

also want moms and dads

to see quality instruction

while having fun.”

In addition to gymnastics,

Gym-Kinetics also

offers tumbling classes for

cheerleaders, ninja classes

for both boys and girls,

the best birthday parties in

town and open gyms for

children of all ages.

If its a competitive program

customers are looking

for Gym-Kinetics

has one of the largest

and one of the most successful

competitive team

programs in the state of

Illinois. Gym-Kinetics is

a nationally recognized

program that has had more

than 30 young men and

women receive Division 1

college scholarships.

For those looking for a

recreational or competitive

program, Gym-Kinetics

in Mokena is the No. 1

choice. Classes offered

are Baby Gym (walkers up

to 2 years), Mom & Mini

(2 year olds), 3-year-old

mini’s, 4- and 5-year-old

mini’s beginner, advanced

gymnastics for boys and

girls of all ages, tumbling,

and ninja classes for boys

and girls ages 4-12. Registration

is open for the new

session beginning April 8.

Submitted by Gym-Kinetics,

19220 Ridge Drive, Mokena.

For more information, call

(708) 479-6969 or visit www.



Celebrating 34 years in business

Thank you for voting us the best in

the southwest suburbs!




19220 Ridge Dr., Mokena, IL 60448



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Silver Cross is the Best Hospital

in the Southwest?





We are extremely honored and proud that you have chosen Silver Cross as the Best Hospital,

EmergencyRoom, and PlacetoHaveaBaby for the fourth year in arow.

For life’s unexpected illnesses and injuries to the most precious deliveries –and everything in between,

you can count on us to provide you and your family with the safest, highest-quality,

personalized care 24 hours aday,7days aweek.

At Silver Cross, it’s not unusual. It is simply the way you should be treated.

To learnmoreabout Silver Cross or forareferraltoadoctor on staff,visit www.silvercross.org

1900 Silver CrossBlvd. • NewLenox • www.silvercross.org • (815)300-1100

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Your Dream Garden

Begins at…


• Flowering Annuals

• Garden Statuary & Decor

• Soil, Mulch &

Landscaping Stone

• Shrubs, Perennials, Trees

& More!

• Weber Grills & Propane

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your purchase

of $30 or more.

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Landscaping & Garden Center


11606 179th Street, Mokena

(708) 349-6989 • jimmelkalandscaping.com

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• Landscape Design &


• Lawn Maintenance

• Brick Pavers

• Landscape Lighting





Melka Landscaping

and Garden Center

serves community

for 30-plus years

Melka Landscaping and

Garden Center has been

serving the community for

more than 30 years. Their

drive for quality work and

professionalism has never


Melka Landscaping offers

a wide range of services

including: landscape

design, plant installation,

and lawn maintenance,

brick paver patios, landscape

lighting and much

more. Also for the “DIY”

customers, Melka’s offers

a full-service Garden

Center with trained professionals

to help bring

their dream garden to life.

Customers can also

“hop into spring” at Melka

Landscaping and Garden

Center with flowering annuals,

fresh herbs, custom

planters and hanging baskets

in an abundance of

colors are arriving daily.

Easter is fast approaching

and customers can browse

the greenhouses and garden

center for the perfect

gift, or a well-deserved

treat for themselves.

Remember now is the

best for spring clean-up

and maintenance around

the yard. Melka’s has all

the tips and products customers

need to make their

yard ready for spring.

Melka Landscaping and

Garden Center is open

seven days a week from

April through December.

They encourage people

to shop and support local

at Melka Landscaping

and Garden Center for all

seasonal gardening needs.

For current events, new

plant arrivals, landscape

photos and more, visit



Submitted by Melka Landscaping

and Garden Center,

11606 179th St., Mokena,

four blocks west of Wolf

Road. For more information,

call or visit www.jimmelka


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Celebrating our 60th Anniversary


Chicagoland for

60 years!


Great Deals on Stock Warehouse Items Up to 90% OFF Original Price!

Spring Warehouse Sale

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Interior & Exterior Doors

Mirrors & Glass

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Visit our 4,000 square foot showroom to view our wide selection of products


Celebrating our 60th Anniversary

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Francesca’s named Best Italian

Restaurant in Southwest Choice Awards

For the third straight

year, Francesca’s was

named Best Italian Restaurant

in the 2018 22nd

Century Media Southwest

Choice Awards.

With 18 locations, locally

Francesca’s operates

Francesca’s Vicinato in

Palos Park and Francesca’s

Fortunato in Frankfort.

Francesca’s Vicinato

is the 12th restaurant in

“The Family of Francesca

Restaurants” while

Francesca’s Fortunato is

the 13th restaurant.

Both restaurants offer

a contemporary, casually

sophisticated trattoria

Southwest Choice Award Winner

2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 - Best Italian


2016 - Best Business Lunch

ambiance, good, simple

cooking, friendly service

and fair prices. The menu

features the zesty earthy

cuisine of Rome and the

surrounding areas of Tuscany,

Umbria and Lazio.

The menus change almost

daily, but they always

offer a tempting

selection of appetizers,

salads, pasta dishes, fresh

fish, veal and chicken

preparations. Their extensive

wine list includes

carefully selected Italian

and Californian wines

that will complement the

meal perfectly.

Submitted by Francesca’s

Fortunato, 40 Kansas St.

Frankfort and Francesca’s

Vicinato, 12960 S. LaGrange

Road, Palos Park. For more

information, call (815) 464-

1890 or (708) 671-1600 or

visit www.miafrancesca.com.

for voting us “Best Liquor Store” for the

2019 Southwest Choice Awards


For all the NCAA Tourney Action

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Joey’s Red Hots & Joey’s Pizzaria

ORLAND PARK, IL • (708) 478-6200

JOEY’S RED HOTS & JOEY’S PIZZA, PASTA & GELATO • 17400 Wolf Road Orland Park, IL 60467 • (773) 614-8997

Sunday - Thursday 10am - 10pm • Friday & Saturday 10am - midnight

30 | March 21, 2019 | 22nd Century Media Southwest Choice Awards


First-time home buyers can ‘stack’ grants worth

up to $19,500 in down payment assistance

Buying a first home can

be an overwhelming proposition.

Doing research

and knowing the options

goes a long way towards

saving a new home buyer

thousands of dollars and

making the process easier.

Many first-time home buyers

forget to check their

eligibility for low down

payment programs or

down payment assistance

programs. Here are three

grant programs that essentially

provide home buyers

(free) money towards their

down payment or closing


1st Home Illinois – Offers

$7,500 in cash assistance,

administrated by

Illinois Housing Development

Authority (IDHA),

and is available to firsttime

buyers, veterans or

anyone who has not owned

a home in the past three

years. For income and

other requirements, visit


Downpayment Plus –

Offers up to $6,000 in cash

assistance to first-time

buyers, administered by

Federal Home Loan Bank

of Chicago (FHLBank

Chicago), and also requires

potential home buyers

to attend home buyer

education. For income and

other requirements, visit


Marquette Bank Affordable

Housing Foundation

Grant – Offers up

to $6,000 in assistance to

home buyers purchasing

a home in Cook, Will or

DuPage counties and is

administered by the Marquette

Bank Affordable

Housing Foundation. For

income and other requirements,

visit emarquettebank.com.

If eligible, a home buyer

could take advantage of all

three programs contributing

up to $19,500 toward

their purchase of a home.

In addition to these programs

there are other forgivable

grants, repayable

assistance, home refinance

assistance or low down

payment programs available.

While many of the

programs are complex,

one way to simplify the

process is to work with

an authorized IDHA and

FHLB lender with knowledge

of all the eligibility

requirements and programs


Locally, Marquette Bank

is an authorized IDHA

lender, FHLB lender and

experienced with special

programs from FHA, Freddie

Mac and Fannie Mae.

Marquette Bank was recently

chosen as the “Best

Real Estate Mortgage

Lender” by 22nd

Century Media readers

in the Southwest Choice

Awards and their first-time

home buyer program was

recognized by the Community

Banking Association

of Illinois with an “Innovation

and Excellence”


To explore home financing

options, visit emarquettebank.com

or call

(888) 254-9500 to talk to a


Bank mortgage specialist.

Submitted by Marquette

Bank. For more information

on locations or services, call

(888) 254-9500 or visit emar




Home Financing YouCan Trust

Visit: emarquettebank.com

or call: 1-888-254-9500 to discuss

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Girl in the Park keeps it local

Girl in the Park does things local

with their concept stemming from their

name, Girl in the Park. Their “Girl” is

cofounder and head chef Jayme Parker.

The “Park” represents their location

in Orland Park. As an alumna of

Sandburg High School and culinary

graduate of Robert Morris University,

Parker and her family’s goal is to combine

the love of her roots and her time

studying in Florence, Italy, to bring

diners an experience like nothing else

in the area.

Girl in the Park is truly a unique

American bar and grill with a menu

specializing in locally-sourced ingredients,

handcrafted infused cocktails,

and a strong bourbon game. Their

partnership with local farmers, grocers

and brew houses ensures that they will

deliver a fresh product that sets them

apart. They sincerely believe that their

family-owned business, with customers

at the center, represents how much

they value community and friendship,

providing diners with moments that

will turn into memories.

They have created a menu that ensures

natural, hormone-and-antibiotic-free

items. They do not use highfructose

corn syrup, MSG or nitrates.

The founders strive to provide fresh,

locally-sourced food to

Orland Park and the surrounding

communities. For 2019, they announced

a new partnership with Slagel

Family Farm in Fairbury for customblended

meats and cage-free eggs.

They envisioned a fun, city-style bar

menu with something for everyone,

from custom-blended burgers, homemade

sauces or just a healthy salad

with local farm chicken.

Their cocktails are uniquely crafted,

incorporating freshly squeezed juice,

house syrups, as well as small batch

and infused spirits for all tastes and

types. Customers will also be sure to

find a wide range of beer, bourbon, and

the best burgers they’ve ever tasted.

Girl in the Park also has a vast bourbon

and whiskey selection.

Submitted by Girl in the Park, 11265 W.

159th St., Orland Park. For more information,

call (708) 226-0042 or visit www.


Voted Best Happy Hour in 2018,

2019 Southwest Choice Awards

Happy Hour

2-5 p.m.


through Friday

(Bar Only)

$7 Baby Old

Fashions &


$6 Long Islands

$6 nacho bowl,

fried pickles or

stuffed mushrooms

$3 Bartender shots

Girl in the Park



Boneless wings -

75 cents

Craft drafts $4

Loaded Bloody -


Mimosa package

- $15


Chicken wok bowl


Bottles of wine 50

percent off

Craft Mules $6


Pulled pork

sandwich with fries


Nacho bowl $5

Craft cans $5

House martinis $6

Live Music

Wednesday –


DJ on Sunday

Closed on Mondays

and Tuesdays

Voted Best

Happy Hour!



With An Entrée

During Lunch Time

Not valid with any other offer.

No split checks

Expires: 6/1/2019



At Lunch Time

Not valid with any other offer.

No split checks

Expires: 6/1/2019

Locally Sourced Products Locally Owned Locally Brewed Beer

Best Burgers Around Rare Bourbons Infused Cocktails

Not Your Average Bar Menu

Catering & Private Parties

www.GirlinthePark.com | 708.226.0042 | 11265 W 159th St. • Orland Park, IL 60467 Located in Berkot’s Plaza

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Lawn-Tech Ltd. has served

customers for 35 years

Lawn-Tech Ltd. is a 35-year-old

family-owned business specializing

in the custom application of fertilizers

and pesticides to lawns, trees and


It currently services 12,000 properties

in the southwest suburban area

with 23 service vehicles.

Lawn-Tech uses granular fertilizer

and liquid weed controls year-round

to care for lawns. Optional services

include preventive grub control,

core aeration, preventive and curative

insect and disease control, specialty

programs for diseased lawns,

and pre-emergent control of weeds

in landscape beds. It offers flexible

programs based on the customer’s

expectations and finances.

Lawn-Tech also offers tree and

shrub fertilization, treatment for insect

and disease suppression, and

specialty programs if needed for

plant-specific problems. Lawn-Tech

customers receive newsletters when

the lawn is serviced that discuss

common seasonal problems the customer’s

lawn may be experiencing,

as well as guidelines on how to do

their maintenance activities correctly.

Lawn-Tech dry fertilizers contain

controlled-release nitrogen yearround

to give a more even feeding

over the entire application period,

and to reduce stress and burn potential

in hot dry weather. Lawn-Tech

thinks this is a major difference

between their program and others,

whose brochures may only mention

controlled-release nitrogen in one

summer application to reduce “burn”


If other companies were using

controlled-release year-round that

would be a major selling point which

one would expect they would mention.

Quick-release nitrogen is much

cheaper, which is reflected in their

low prices. If they offer a free application

when a customer takes full

service, it is probably just cheap nitrogen

and nothing else.

Lawn-Tech services residential

lawns, as well as businesses, school

districts, football and baseball fields.

For a no-cost, no-obligation quote

for lawn and landscape needs, or to

receive 10 percent off a spring or fall

core aeration, contact Lawn-Tech at

(708) 532-7411.

Submitted by Lawn-Tech Ltd., 7320

Duvan Drive in Tinley Park. For more

information, call (708) 532-7411 or visit



From Page 22


Schaaf Window Company

18445 Thompson Court, Tinley Park

(708) 342-0900


Squeegee Squad

(815) 281-3149



Anna B’s Antiques N’ Things

14330 Beacon Ave., Orland Park

(708) 364-9336

Appliance Store

Lorenz Appliances Inc.

19081 Old LaGrange Road, Mokena

18320 Governors Hwy., Homewood

(708) 206-0896


Moody Blues Jean Boutique

1844 E. Lincoln Hwy., New Lenox

(815) 462-4144

Consignment Shop

Evilena’s Red Dresser

20887 S. LaGrange Road, Frankfort

(815) 464-2668

Furniture Store

Darvin Furniture

15400 S. LaGrange Road, Orland Park

(708) 460-4100

Garden Center or Nursery

Alsip Home & Nursery

(multiple locations)

20601 S. LaGrange Road, Frankfort

(815) 469-1044

Grocery Store


(multiple locations) jewelosco.com

Health Food Store

Health Nutz Natural Foods

19844 S. LaGrange Road, Mokena

(708) 479-7578

Jewelry Store

Distinctive Gold Jewelry

19991 S. LaGrange Road, Frankfort

(815) 469-2929

Liquor Store

Kenwood Liquors

(multiple locations)

12037 W. 159th St., Homer Glen

(708) 590-8210



Lawn-Tech , LTD. (708) 532-7411





















-Mark&Sue Spence, Owners


Best Lawn Care

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at Terry’s RVCenter!

Adventures begin

at Terry’s RV Center

The road to adventure

begins at Terry’s RV Center

in Frankfort. Since

1971, Terry’s RV Center

has been serving the Chicagoland

RV community

with the best values, service,

and selection of new

and used motorhomes

and recreational vehicles,

along with quality parts

and accessories.

Their customer’s complete

satisfaction is always

their No. 1 priority. That’s

why Terry’s recently received

a Southwest Choice

Award for the “Best RV

Center” in the area.

As Chicagoland’s premier

motorhome and RV

store, they offer a huge

selection of new and used

Class A and Diesel motorhomes,

Class C motorhomes,

travel trailers,

fifth wheels, pop-up trailers

and cargo haulers.

They stock units from

Coachmen, Keystone,

Thor Motor Coach, Cruiser

RV and Forest River,

and offer a wide assortment

of models, including

Palazzo, Mirada, Pursuit,

Leprechaun, Freelander,

Radiance, Passport and

Aspen Trail. They also

have an extensive lineup

of pre-owned RVs available.

Planning a vacation?

Terry’s has a huge selection

of RV rentals, all quality

inspected to meet their

exceptional standards.

Looking to trade-in a current

vehicle? Terry’s offers

top dollar on all trade-ins.

What really makes Terry’s

RV Center different

is their experience. They

have more than 45 years in

the business, and have sold

thousands of units since

opening their doors in

1971. Their reputation and

commitment to providing

customers with the best

service and value make

them the logical choice for

the customer’s next motorhome

or RV.

Their fully staffed service

department features

trained and certified technicians

to perform all necessary

repairs, and they

guarantee their work with

a variety of service warranties.

Their parts and accessory

department has or

will acquire any repair part

or accessory a customer


They work on nearly all

makes and models of RVs,

not just those they sell.

Terry’s specializes in collision

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sidewall replacements,

cab-over and roof

rebuilds and replacements,

and aluminum siding and

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At Terry’s RV Center, all

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Whether a customer was

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Joey’s Red Hots takes home award for Best Hot Dogs

Established in 2016 by

two industry veterans, the

Joey’s group of restaurants

and food trucks are

old-school Chicago establishments

that offer customers

a taste of the old

neighborhood and bring

them back to the tastes,

sights and sounds of their


Joey’s Red Hots, located

at 17400 Wolf Road

in Orland Park, was the

winner of Best Hot Dogs

in 22nd Century Media’s

2019 Southwest Choice

Awards. Also located

there is Joey’s Pizza, Pasta

& Gelato. Hours are 10

a.m.-10 p.m.

Joey’s is known across

Chicagoland for providing

exceptional service,

family friendly prices and

a consistent experience

across their entire brand.

Whether visiting one of

their three locations offering

Vienna Beef products

or homemade Italian

specialties, Chicago-style

pizza, or homemade gelato,

customers are guaranteed

to find high-quality

food coupled with highquality

service that keeps

customers coming back

day after day. Customers

don’t visit Joey’s just

to eat, they visit Joey’s to

have a dining experience

that is “Just like the Old


In addition to the Orland

Park location they

also have one at 11500 S.

Western Ave., in Chicago’s

Morgan Park neighborhood.

They also offer

catering and food trucks.

Hours for both locations

are 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Sunday through Thursday

and 10 a.m.-12 a.m. Friday

and Saturday.

Submitted by Joey’s Red Hots,

17400 Wolf Road, Orland

Park. For more information,

call (708) 478-6200 or visit


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NuMark Credit Union can help

customers do more with their money

NuMark Credit Union

knows all people have

dreams for the future and

want to take good care of

their families. NuMark

Credit Union wants to

help people get to their

fantastic future faster. After

all, they know people

work hard for their money,

so it should be working

hard for them.

For those looking to

buy a home, NuMark’s

in-house mortgage department

is ready to help

people purchase their first

or next home. They will

take the time to listen

to their needs, and walk

them through the process,

so there are no surprises.

With their quick closing

periods, they could be sitting

in their new living

room in no time.

Looking to make home

improvements? NuMark

Credit union has the flexibility

and great rates that

people need to get the job

done. Their home equity

lines of credit are perfect

for tackling their home

projects, consolidating

debt, paying college tuition

and so much more.

People may be surprised

to discover that

some people still pay $12

a month for their checking

accounts. That’s $144

a year. NuMark Credit

Union still has free checking

that comes with no

minimum balance. It’s

easy to make purchases

right from a smart phone

or debit card.

Customers can manager

their money with

NuMark’s convenient mobile

banking app, so they

have banking available at

their fingertips. If customers

are out of town, they

can access their NuMark

accounts at 5,600 shared

branches nationwide.

NuMark Credit Union is

there when their customers

need them.

NuMark Credit Union

gives back to their community

that they serve.

NuMark is a proud supporting

partner of the

Northern Illinois Food

Bank, having donated

$16,750 to date. They

have hosted several local

mobile food pantry

events where their staff

volunteers to help distribute

food to hungry neighbors

who need it. NuMark

Credit Union cares about

their members and their


Each year on the Second

Saturday in December

volunteers from the

Wreaths Across America

project coordinate wreathlaying

ceremonies at Arlington

National Cemetery,

as well as at more

than 1,600 additional

locations in all 50 U.S.

states, at sea and abroad

to honor veterans and

their families. Through

flag sales and member

donations NuMark Credit

Union sponsored 425

wreaths that were placed

at Abraham Lincoln National

Cemetery as part of

the Wreaths Across America


Led by their volunteer

board of directors, who

are all veterans themselves,

NuMark Credit

Union proudly offers

member discounts to veterans

and those who are

serving in the active Military.

See their website at

numarkcu.org for all the


NuMark Credit Union

has offices in Joliet, Crest

Hill, Countryside, Tinley

Park and New Lenox.

NuMark Credit Union is

federally insured by the

National Credit Union

Administration (NCUA)

and is an Equal Housing

Opportunity Lender.

Submitted by NuMark Credit

Union, 951 E. Lincoln Highway,

New Lenox, and 8001

W. 159th St., Tinley Park.

For more locations or information,

call (815) 729-3211

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Tinley Court stands out with its catered living

What makes Tinley

Court different than all

other senior communities?

For over 20 years, Tinley

Court has offered catered

senior living, providing independent

seniors a unique

place for companionship,

security and the feeling

of being at home, while

at the same time knowing

every form of personal assistance

is available onsite

when needed.

Included in monthly rent

• Three chef-prepared

meals, served daily in

our formal dining room

by a professional and

caring wait staff

• Weekly housekeeping

• Utilities

Each day, Tinley Court

offers exciting activity

programs, designed for

the enjoyment and wellbeing

of our residents.

Monthly features include

live entertainment,

birthday parties, shopping,

plays, luncheons

and many more exciting

events and outings.

At Tinley Court, we

realize the importance of

choosing wisely when it

comes to selecting a retirement

home for yourself

or a loved one. Tinley

Court is the place to be

when changes in our lives

require help with day-today

tasks, or when one

just needs a comfortable

place to relax and enjoy.

We offer a variety of services

and amenities that

provide a world-class experience

within our establishment.

Tinley Court proudly

believes in fine traditions

with old-fashioned values

and commitment. You will

immediately see the concern

and careful planning

that has gone into our design

and most importantly

the friendly attention of

our staff. Not to mention

we offer the best value in

the south suburbs.

But what is most unique

about Tinley Court is our

concept of catered living.

We understand everyone’s

needs are different; we are

compassionate and attentive

to those needs. Staff

is available to assist you

24 hours a day, seven days

a week, offering residents

and families the peace of

mind living alone cannot


We have studio units,

one-bedroom units and a

double unit available for

immediate occupancy.

Call today because the

one bedroom and double

unit will go fast, so if you

are interested in seeing

one of these rooms, please

contact Cindy Stephens at

(708) 532-7800.

Tinley Court has been

described as “like being

on a cruise ship without

the seasickness.” We eat,

play games and enjoy the

camaraderie of our neighbors

and friends.”

Tinley Court is so honored

to have many veterans

and their surviving

spouses living with us. We

offer financial aid for veterans

and their spouses, so

please inquire about this

wonderful program when

you call to schedule a tour

of our “one-of-a-kind” senior

living community.

Submitted by Tinley Court,

16301 Brementowne Road in

Tinley Park. For more information,

call (708) 532-7800

or visit www.tinleycourt.com.





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Palos Health Immediate Care, providing

high-quality care for more than 30 years

Since the 1970s Palos

Health has been committed

to providing Chicago’s

southwest suburbs with

quality health care. In the

1980s Palos opened its Immediate

Care in Orland


Palos Health has been

named the Best Home

Health Care and their

Palos Health Immediate

Care Center won for Best

Urgent Care in the 2019

Southwest Choice Awards

presented by 22nd Century

Media, which is voted on

by residents in the southwest


“Palos Immediate Care

Center has cared for generations

within our community

for over 30 years,”

Palos Health Immediate

Care Center Clinical Nurse

Leader Lynne Wagner said

of winning two Southwest

Choice Awards. “We are

proud of our high-quality

care and privileged to be

our community’s provider

of choice.”

The staff at Palos Health

Immediate Care are on

hand to complement the

care patients receive from

their regular physician

when their regular doctor

is not available.

Residents will be treated

by experienced nurses and


The staff at Palos Health

follow its philosophy of

“treating patients they

way they would want their

family and friends to be


The immediate care center,

located in Orland Park,

is a place where patients

can go without an appointment

for minor accidents

and illnesses.

Patients can turn to the

immediate care center for

issues such as sprains,

stitches, urinary tract infections,

non-life threatening

illnesses or injuries.

Basic X-rays and laboratory

services are also available.

Palos Health knows people

have all experienced a

time where their children

get sick during the weekend,

or get injured playing

a sport and they cannot

wait days to get into their

regular physician. Palos

Health Immediate Care

Center is a place available

to individuals who need

to see a doctor, but do not

have a life-threatening injury

or illness that requires

emergency care.

Palos Health Immediate

Care Center always has a

physician on site and can

assist patients with suggesting

specialty care if


Services available at the

Palos Health South Campus

extend well beyond

immediate care. Additional

services available at this

location include:

• Cardiac Diagnostics

• Comprehensive Imaging

and Lab Services

• Palos Medical Group

(primary care physicians

and a variety of specialists)

• Palos Health Behavioral


• Outpatient Surgery Center

(opening soon)

• Outpatient Surgery Center

(opening soon)

• Occupational Health

Palos Health Immediate

Care Center is located on

Palos Health South Campus

in the D Building,

15300 West Ave., Orland

Park. Palos Health Immediate

Care Center is open

7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-

Friday and 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday.

Submitted by Palos Health

South Campus, 15300 West

Ave., Orland Park. For more

information, call (708) 460-

5550 or visit paloshealth.


Written by Alyssa Groh of

22CMBoost, the contentwriting

division of 22nd

Century Media, publisher

of this special section and





Once again, Palos Health is proud to receive Southwest Choice

Awards for quality in Immediate Care and Home Health Care.

Whether you visit our South Campus in Orland Park or welcome

our dedicated professionals into your home, we want to thank

you for giving us the opportunity to care for you.

Palos Immediate Care

Palos Health South Campus

15300 West Avenue • 708.460.5550


7am to 8pm Weekdays

8am to 8pm Weekends

Palos Home Care

To request care or to learn more,

call us 24/7 at 630.257.1111


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Schaaf continues to provide

customers with best value

Since its inception in

1959, Schaaf Window Co.,

Inc. has prided itself on

providing the highest quality

and best valued products

to its customers.

This philosophy has

helped grow Schaaf Window

Co. into an industry

leader, distributing a wide

range of quality windows

and related products

throughout Chicagoland.

As many satisfied customers

have come to

know, Schaaf Window offers

not only products and

services on which customers

can depend but also a

long-lasting partnership

with every one of its customers,

both builders and

homeowners alike.

A family-owned business,

Schaaf Window began

with a focus on customer

satisfaction. Today,

it maintains that unwavering

commitment to superior

service, offering a

wide range of products and

services to builders, contractors,

and homeowners

throughout Chicagoland.

Schaaf Window is a onestop

distributor of highquality

windows (wood,

wood clad, and vinyl), exterior

doors (wood, fiberglass,

and steel, with many

glass options), interior

doors (hardwood, MDF,

and molded composite),

skylights, millwork, mirrors,

glass, and shower

doors. They back up their

products with years of

technical experience and

a courteous customer service


Schaaf offers installation

of windows, doors,

and shower doors using

its own employees, who

are trained to the manufacturer’s


They will meet customers

at their homes or job sites

for a no-cost estimate.

From its facility in Tinley

Park, Schaaf serves

homeowners and a wide

range of builders, from

tract to custom to high end.

Its 91,000-square-foot facility

is a home base for its

employees to serve all of

Chicagoland. They serve

each customer personally,

with a suite of professional

resources to offer.

As their business has

continued to grow, so has

their reach. Schaaf recently

acquired Area Glass

Co. out of St. John, Indiana,

which has allowed

them to reach a whole

new set of customers and

expand their business’s

capabilities. They’ve also

moved onto many social

media platforms, such as

Facebook and Instagram,

where they encourage interested

homeowners to

follow and check out the

variety of products they

have to offer.

Submitted by Schaaf Window

Co. Inc., 18445 Thompson

Court, Tinley Park. For more

information, call (708) 342-

0900 or visit www.schaafwin



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Joliet’s west side to provide after-hours

medical care for sudden illnesses and

injuries that don’t warrant a trip to the

emergency department. For added convenience,

patients can reserve an appointment

online through SCHedule Now at


For patients with minor illnesses who

need access to quality medical care when

it’s not possible or practical to see a doctor

in person, Silver Cross has partnered

with Teladoc. Patients can talk with a

doctor via phone or video any time of the

day or evening for just $49 per consultation.

To access, visit www.silvercross.


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Choosing where to have a baby is a

major decision. When expectant families

choose Silver Cross, they can be confident

they’re receiving care that meets the

highest standards for quality, safety and


Silver Cross combines cutting-edge

medical technology with spa-like amenities,

including 12 luxurious birthing

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to make the birthing experience unforgettable.

For deliveries requiring surgery,

there are three complete Cesarean suites.

And since Silver Cross is a Level II Nursery

with extended capabilities, fewer babies

need to be transferred to specialized

neonatal care centers.

Parents can also feel confident knowing

that Silver Cross has pediatricians and

neonatologists from Lurie

Children’s Hospital of Chicago as well

as OB/GYNs and anesthesiologists available

at all times. If needed,

Lurie Children’s pediatric cardiologists

can analyze a baby’s echocardiogram in

real time through a video linkage with Silver


For more information or a referral to an

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Silver Lake offers

golf for all levels

Orland Park venue

offers space

for banquets,


Silver Lake is a public,

family run golf course

and wedding and banquet

venue that embraces the

standards, service and

amenities of a country

club, without the pretense

or fees. Located in Orland

Park, east of Orland

Square Mall, Silver Lake

has served the Chicago

Southland for more than

90 years. Since 1937, the

Coghill family has owned

and operated the awardwinning

public course,

providing the timeless tradition

of golf to everyone

who loves the sport, or is

just becoming acquainted

with it. Generations of

Southland golfers have

looked to Silver Lake as

their home course, a place

one feels welcomed and a

part of a greater community.

At Silver Lake it doesn’t

matter if players are serious

golfer, a casual golfer,

a beginner, or just interested

in a hitting a bucket of

balls, they have something

for everyone. Kicking off

the summer for kids and

families, the Junior Golf

League, and don’t forget

kids play free any day after

6 p.m. with a paid adult.

Golf Courses and Driving

Range [hed]

Silver Lake welcomes

golfers of all levels to join

its golfing community.

The property boasts two

award-winning 18-hole

championship courses

– the North Course and

South Course and an executive

nine-hole course

named Rolling Hills.

The North Course is the

preferred course for longer

hitters, with less sand and

water, but still challenging

at the tee, close to 7,000

yards from the back tee.

The South Course is

known for its abundance

of sand and water with

lush greens and fairways

of bent grass. The South

Course checks in at 6,300

years from the back tees

and challenging par 3’s

with No. 9 being a 240-

yard shot over the water.

Rolling Hills has been

named Chicago’s No. 1

Sporty 9 for almost twodecades

running. The

course is ideal for juniors

and beginners, but still

tests the short game of a

veteran. Some consider it

a par-3 course, yet it consists

of seven par 3’s and

4’s. Juniors can enjoy a

round on Rolling Hills for

only $12.

In addition to the awardwinning

golf courses, Silver

Lake features a natural

grass driving range and

dedicated short game area,

complete with bunkers and

fairway grass. The driving

range is open daily from

sun up to sundown.

Golfers may book tee

times online at www.sil

verlakecc.com or call the

Proshop at (708) 349-6940

ext. 4. The course offers

permanent tee times on the

weekend for those looking

for competitive golf from

5:30-9 a.m. There are also

a variety of leagues looking

for new players for

those that want to commit

to playing more.

After a round of golf

head into the club house

for a cocktail in our newly

redecorated bar area with

the best views in Orland


Banquets and Weddings


Silver Lake also offers

breathtaking event spaces

for weddings, showers

or anniversaries. All of

the event space features

floor-to-ceiling wall-towall

windows overlooking

lush gardens. This entire

scene is illuminated in the

evening with thousands of

lights so guests may enjoy

the gardens all evening.

The West Garden Ceremony

Site is surrounded

by a variety of annual

and perennial flowers to

make a perfect backdrop

for the amazing moment.

The Lakeside Ceremony

Site is nestled in a valley

on the golf course surrounded

by flowers with a

sparkling lake and big blue

skies. The property offers

couples hosting their event

at Silver Lake some amazing

photo opportunities

that include lakes, open

space, barns and amazing

willows. It’s everything a

bride dreams about.

Come up and have a

cocktail at the Silver Arrow

Bar to see what Silver

Lake has to offer, visit


and follow on Facebook

to learn about upcoming

events, news and promotions.

Submitted by Silver Lake

Country Club, 14700 82nd

Ave. in Orland Park. For

more information, visit www.

silverlakecc.com or call

(708) 349-6940.




Silver Lake Country Club is the perfect venue for any

type of celebration or corporate event. With amazing

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this scenery comes alive as thousands of lights

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Our unique lifestyle of Catered Senior Living.




It means we understand that

each person has unique needs

and wants. At Tinley Court those

needs and wants will be met with

dignity, respect and support.




Tinley Court strives to nurture individuality with a sense of purpose in hopes of enriching one’s life. We offer a

support system like no other senior community. 24 hour staffed for the well being and security of our residents.


• 3 Chef Prepared meals served to you by a professional wait staff

• Full Daily activity program which includes entertainment & trips

• Wellness Center offering podiatry, therapy, x-ray, lab, hearing &

dental services without having to leave the building

• Weekly housekeeping

• Utilities

• Library, chapel, café, beauty/barber shop

• Walking distance to Tinley Park shops & restaurants

• Veteran’s Financial Assistance available

One bedroom

and double unit









Call 708-532-7800



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Member of Tinley Park Chamber of Commerce Since 1994

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