14 | May 16, 2019 | 22nd century media Summer Fun Guide 22ndCenturyMedia.com 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 timeless. 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 craving. 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 them. STEAKS •CHOPS •PRIME RIB SEAFOOD•CHICKEN •RIBS Submitted by Jack Gibbons Gardens, 14700 Oak Park Ave. in Oak Forest. For more information call (708) 687- 2331, or visit jackgibbons garden.com. ACLASSIC apple AMERICAN apple STEAKHOUSE SERVING THE SOUTH SUBURBS SINCE 1922 THANK YOU for Voting us 2019 WINNER BEST Fine Dining Restaurant 708.687.2331 147th &Oak Park Ave. •Oak Forest, IL 60452 BookingPrivate Luncheonsfor 35 or more Monday-Friday: 5pm -Close•Saturday: 4pm -Close • Sunday: 3pm-Close GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE
22ndCenturyMedia.com Summer Fun Guide 22nd century media | May 16, 2019 | 15 new lenox From Page 10 show, so be sure to check out the Village website when making your plans. Fridays After Five will return beginning June 14, bringing food trucks and live music to the Commons on select Friday evenings. Midlife Crisis will join us to kick off the series, and the events will continue with LUPO headlining on Aug. 2 and Worth the Risk finishing things up on Aug. 23. This free event is a great way to start your weekend, so be sure to grab your cooler and blanket and meet us for the tastes and tunes. Play Day in the Commons is returning on June 30, with more fun for our young residents and visitors, including character visits, face painting, an animal show, inflatables, and more. The Village’s Independence Day Celebration takes place at 6 p.m. July 4, and will feature live music and a fireworks display that can’t be missed. Another local tradition is Ladies Night Out, which will take place on Aug. 16, bringing shopping, wine, and live music from CK and The Gray to the Commons. And, finally, Live on the Lawn is returning on two days and will be a celebration of our community talent. The New Lenox Community Band will be performing on both dates and will be accompanied by Cloggin’ Craze on June 2 and the Lincoln-Way Area Chorale on July 14. Please note that Village Commons events, with the exception of Triple Play concerts, are free to attend for residents and visitors alike. For more information on any of our events, please visit newlenox.net/ events or call (815) 462-6400. Submitted by the Village of New Lenox, 1 Veterans Parkway in New Lenox. For more information, call (815) 462-6400, or visit newlenox.net. 2019 Summer Reading Program: It’s Showtime at Your Library Mokena Community Public Library District launches it’s It’s Showtime at your Library summer reading program on June 7. During the next two months, the library will host a range of free activities for children, teens and adults to encourage and support a love of reading. Participants can win prizes for reaching their reading goals. “We’ve planned a wonderful program for kids to make the library a great place to read, learn, and discover what’s available for their enjoyment,” said Executive Director Cathy Palmer. Themed events include an all ages magic show, Movie under the Stars and Dinosaur Sensory Story Time. Fun gift baskets, gift cards and movie tickets are just a few of the prizes that will be awarded to the lucky winners of our Summer Reading Program There’s also a serious side to summer reading. Research has shown that reading over the summer prevents summer reading MOKENA COMMUNITY PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICT 11327 W. 195TH STREET, MOKENA, IL 60448 PHONE 708-479-9663 • FAX 708-479-9684 • WWW.MOKENALIBRARY.ORG loss. “Studies also indicate students who read recreationally outperformed those who don’t,” said Assistant Director Luke Surdel. “Students read more when they can choose materials based on their own interests. Our libraries are committed to supporting lifelong learning and educational enrichment for all families.” Registration continues throughout the Summer Read Program. To learn more about the summer reading adventure at the library, call (708) 479-9663 or check out the library’s website mokenali brary.org. Submitted by Mokena Community Public Library District, 11327 195th St. in Mokena. For more information, call (708) 479-9663, or visit mokenalibrary.org. SUMMER READING PROGRAM 2019 “It’s Showtime at Your Library” June 7 – July 30, 2019 Are you ready for summertime FUN at your library? Mokena Community Public Library District invites all ages, from infants to adults to participate in our annual summer reading program. Get ready to enjoy “It’s Showtime at Your Library” and all the things your library has to offer. Whatever your reading preference - text, audio or eBooks, we have them all. Registration will be held on Friday, June 7th from 9:00-11:00 a.m. and continue throughout the program. Register, Read and Record your books to earn great prizes and/or raffle tickets to enter into our weekly and Grand Prize Drawings. GREAT SUMMER READ PROGRAMS TOO! Programs Include: • T-Rexplorers - Tuesday, June 18 from 10 -11 a.m. • Family Magic Show - Tuesday, June 25 from 10 – 10:45 a.m. • Sensory Yoga – Saturday, June 1 from 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. • Sensory Story time with Dinosaurs, July 27 from 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. • Teen Video Game Tournament (after hours) – Friday, June 28 from 6 -10 p.m. • Teen Trivia - Saturday, July 27 from 1-4 p.m. • Get Your House in Order – Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. • Teddy Bear Picnic – Saturday, June 15 from 12 – 1 p.m. Join Summer Read 2019 to receive a complete list of programs and events!