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Schaaf Window

Company celebrates

60 years in business

Francesca’s named Best

Italian Restaurant in

Southwest Choice Awards

For the fifth straight year, Francesca’s

was named Best Italian Restaurant in the

2020 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 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

5-TIME winner

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

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Celebrating six decades of business

in 2019, Schaaf Window Company,

18445 Thompson Court in Tinley Park,

has proven over and over to be a wellrespected

provider of quality products.

“Celebrating 60 years is a good feeling,”

said Bob Schaaf Jr., the marketing

director and inside salesman at Schaaf

Window Company. “It means a lot to

us to know we are trusted by people in

the community. When people are building

houses or homeowners are doing replacement

projects, they know they can

trust us and know we will be honest. We

get a lot of referrals and repeat customers

because of that.”

Fred Schaaf and his son, George Sr.,

began the family-owned business in

1959 outside of the family garage, calling

it Schaaf Glass. Throughout the 60

years, the business has remained family-owned,

and that has been key to its


“It is important to keep the business

in the family because people know us

and a lot of our employees have been

here for a long time,” Bob Schaaf said.

“It is always the same people that work

here and that is how we get a lot of our

business, because the customers know


The business started exclusively as

a union glazing contractor for residential

construction, but soon the needs for

Schaaf’s expertise grew and services

were expanded.

Today, Schaaf Window Company

still offers glazing, but now also offers

exterior doors and windows for new

construction, as well as replacements,

shower doors, molding, millwork and


While Schaaf Window Company

receives a lot of its business from contractors

and builders who are working

on new construction, window replacements

for homeowners is one of its fastest

growing areas of the business right

now, Bob Schaaf said.

Schaaf Window Company offers

its clients the opportunity to visit its

4,000-square-foot showroom in Tinley

Park to help make their selection process


“Most of what we offer is available

to view in the showroom,” Bob Schaaf

said. “It is important to maintain a

showroom because people want to see

what they are getting for their house.

Some people who are building a new

house come in with their builder to pick

things out, or homeowners who are

making replacements come in to compare


Schaaf Window Company takes a lot

of pride in its high-quality offerings.

“We make sure our suppliers have

high-quality products that our customers

can trust at a reasonable price

point,” Bob Schaaf said.

While Schaaf Window Company is

headquartered in Tinley Park, it serves

the southwest and western suburbs of

Chicago, all the way to the boarders of

Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana.

And the consistent expansion isn’t

just because of Schaaf’s quality products.

“We hear from people that they like

the way we take care of them, and we

treat them like a priority and don’t pressure

them into anything,” Bob Schaaf


For more information on Schaaf Window

Company, visit www.schaafwin

dow.com or call (708) 342-0900. The

showroom at 18445 Thompson Court in

Tinley Park is open from 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Monday–Friday and by appointment on


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Silver Cross proud to be named

Best Hospital for 5th year running

Hospital also

chosen as Best

Birthing Center,

Emergency Room

For the fifth 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

fifth 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, highquality

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

10 straight 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 10 straight A’s, Silver

Cross is one the safest hospitals

in the nation.

Last spring, Silver

Cross introduced an open

heart surgery program on

its New Lenox campus.

With this addition, heart

patients no longer have to

experience the stress and

anxiety of having to leave

their preferred hospital and

travel to another hospital

5-TIME winner

for advanced heart care.

In addition, late last

year, the hospital broke

ground on a $22 million

heart expansion that will

include two dedicated

heart surgery operating

rooms, a hybrid room

for minimally invasive

heart procedures including

valve replacements

(coming in 2021), 16 dedicated

cardiovascular patient

beds, a sophisticated

electrophysiology lab and

more. When construction

is complete in late 2020,

Silver Cross will have the

ability to provide innovative,

multi-specialty care

for patients with advanced

and complex heart disease.

Emergency Care

“For many people, care

starts in the Emergency

Department – either at

the hospital or our Silver

Cross Emergency Care

Center at 143rd Street

and Bell Road in Homer

Glen,” Gricus said. “Both

facilities are open around

the clock and are staffed

Please see best, 10

Tinley Court Catered Senior

Living is all about family

No one should be alone in caring for their senior-aged

loved one. It literally takes a village.

At Tinley Court Catered Senior Living in Tinley Park,

we offer many support resources so that you or your

loved one only has to make the transition once in your/

their golden years. Many of our residents are long-term

residents; some have been here 12 years and nine years

even with us through hospice care, considering Tinley

Court as their home.

Our exceptional team of caregivers offer personalized

care plans recognizing that each individual is not a cookie

cutter circumstance. We have the resources to offer our

residents, such as a primary care doctor, nurse practitioner,

therapy group, podiatrist, dentist, audiologist and so

much more IF (not when) a need should arise. Our residents

are not required to utilize these, but it’s the convenience

of knowing these options are available to them and

it gives their family members a peace of mind knowing

that their loved one’s needs are being met.

Throughout the years, Tinley Court has refined our services

to our seniors so they can be their best selves. Our

mission is to give our residents a loving, safe and caring

environment in a warm and homey setting. If you’re

looking for shiny, new, all the bells and whistles that is

not Tinley Court. At Tinley Court we feel we excel in

such areas as care, detail to activities provided, cleanliness,

respect toward the people that make up our community

and looking out for the well-being of each of our


Not to mention the exceptional financial aspect of it,

we are the best deal in town. We are a private pay establishment

working with a group that can help through the

process of obtaining financial aid if you are a veteran or

surviving spouse of a veteran.

In addition to providing a permanent living environment,

we also offer respite stay at Tinley Court, so if you

or your loved one is in need of exceptional care for only

a short term period we can help with that as well. We

believe in offering as much as possible for the best deal

as possible. So for one monthly fee we offer not only the

living space, but three meals a day in a dining room setting,

all your utilities (except for phone/cable services),

weekly housekeeping, daily activities that include outings

and live entertainment, staffing 24 hours/seven days

a week for the wellbeing and security of all our residents.

Whether for a short term stay or longer period of time,

Tinley Court Catered Senior Living may be exactly what

one is looking for. Tinley Court Catered Senior Living in

Tinley Park is a community where independence thrives

and is encouraged while compassionate care and respect

are a given. Come see all that Tinley Court Catered Senior

Living has to offer. Call today to schedule a tour and

come feel the difference.

Submitted by Tinley Court Catered Senior Living, 16301

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Silver Lake Country Club wins Best Country Club, Golf Course for fifth year

Silver Lake Country

Club is known as the

place where friends come

to play.

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Home to 45 incredible

holes of golf, three spectacular

courses each present

a unique test of golf. The

North Course, known as

the easier of the two championship

18-hole courses

present on the grounds, offers

almost 7,000 yards of

beautiful golf. Rated 71.5

and measuring a slope of

122, the North Course requires

accuracy off the tee,

but is a little more lenient

with so-so approach shots

and an inaccurate short

game. The South Course,

though playing only 6,300

yards from the back set

of tees, is the real test of

Silver Lake, thanks to the

generous amount of water

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and sand bunkers present

throughout the layout. Be

especially wary of the 240-

yard par-3 9th hole that requires

an accurate forced

shot over water just to hit

the green – just one of this

70.4/126-rated course’s

defining challenges.

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.

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Silver Lake is a breathtaking

venue for your next

event. The indoor event

spaces feature floor to ceiling

wall-to-wall 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

outdoor event spaces are

surrounded by a variety

of annual and perennial

flowers, a sparkling lake

and big blue skies making

a perfect backdrop for

your big day. With amazing

views, gourmet food,

and an excellent staff, any

event at Silver Lake is sure

to be perfect.

Hosting outings for more

than 50 Years

Whether people are

hosting a golf tournament

to raise funds, reward employees,

thank clients, or

simply gather a group for

a fun day of golf, Silver

Lake is committed to making

their outing a success.

Silver Lake can accommodate

a number of tournament

formats and starting

options to suit any group.

They can handle tournament

setup and scoring so

the client can concentrate

on the important matters

of the day. Their professionals

will help plan and

execute all event details to

ensure that the client and

their participants enjoy a

wonderful golf experience.

Connect with us

The Coghill family invites

people to join in

the tradition of love, golf

and all things in between.

Visit them at www.silverlakecc.com

and follow on

Facebook and Instagram

to learn about upcoming

events, news and promotions.

People can also

come up and have a cocktail

at the Silver Arrow Bar

to see what Silver Lake

has to offer.

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The sharing concept at

Dancing Marlin is perfect

when choosing a

Date Night Spot or when

dining with family and

friends. What are the rules

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a few dishes to share. For

those who are still hungry,

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more. Large DM entrée

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McCatty wins Best Luxury Realtor

in Southwest Choice Awards

Mike McCatty is the first winner

of the Luxury Realtor category

in the Southwest Choice

Awards and a powerhouse

producer since 1999. With an

impressive billion dollars in

career sales, McCatty has an unmatched

understanding of real

estate. He has worked in every

area of the industry, representing

sellers, buyers, investors, builders,

and banks, in both residential

and commercial markets. He

maintains an impeccable reputation

only an industry leader can


McCatty has relocated his

personal residence 10 times,

which has only aided his unparalleled

accuracy on local home

values and trends. His knowledge

of the housing market has

been compared by clients to that

of a sports fanatic, except he

smoothly recites neighborhood

facts rather than player stats.

His passion for the strategy behind

real estate — coupled with

dozens of flips/flops and construction

development projects

— gives McCatty the intellect

as well as the aptitude to deliver

unequaled service to his clients.

McCatty and his wife, Kathie,

have been married for 29 years

and have three grown children:

Andrew, is now a managing

broker agent with The McCatty

Group; Nathan, a financial advisor

with Edward Jones in Homer

Glen; and Sarah (Myla), who is

a cosmetologist at Zano Salon

in Naperville. Working 24/7 is

a fact, not a slogan for McCatty,

who in his free time enjoys land

development and new real estate

opportunities. A real estate

purchase is one of the largest

milestones in a person’s life; entrusting

someone with both the

experience and passion for the

industry is a must.

Submitted by Mike McCatty, The

McCatty Group, Century 21 Affiliated,

15812 S. Wolf Road, Orland

Park. For more information, call or

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by the same group of board-certified

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 Center, and recognized by

the Illinois Department of Public

Health to care for pediatric patients.

Silver Cross also has an

Urgent Care center on 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.

And beginning March 30,

Silver Cross is opening a new

5,000-square-foot Urgent Care

Center on its New Lenox campus.

Best Place to Have a Baby

More families choose Silver

Cross Hospital’s birthing center

than any other hospital in Will

County. That’s because Silver

Cross combines cutting-edge

medical technology with spa-like

amenities, including 12 luxurious

birthing suites and 30 private

mother-baby suites to make the

birthing experience unforgettable.

For deliveries requiring

surgery, there are three complete

Cesarean suites. Silver Cross is

currently a Level II Nursery with

extended capabilities, meaning

fewer babies need to be transferred

to specialized neonatal

care centers, and last fall, Silver

Cross was approved to create a

24-bed neonatal intensive care

unit to care for infants born before

30 weeks. Completion is expected

in 2021.

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

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Dykstra Home Services celebrates 94 years in business

Dykstra Home Services is going

on its 94th year in the heating

and air condition industry.

When Dykstra first started,

on the South Side in Roseland,

Grampa Dykstra was working

on coal-burning furnaces in the

1920s and ‘30s.

Rich Dykstra Sr., who serves

as senior vice president of operations,

can remember shoveling

out the unused coal from basements

when many of those were

then converted over to oil or gas

burners. Needless to say they

were very inefficient.

In the early 1970s, Dykstra

Home Services moved to Alsip,

and then in the ‘90s to their present

location in Crestwood.

Dykstra is a family-owned

and -operated business. Rich’s

daughter Jenny Milazzo, is the

president, with her brother Rich

heading up the sales. They are a

certified Women Business Enterprise.

Dykstra is now handling the

high-efficiency Carrier equipment,

and is starting, once again,

to do residential plumbing service.

“It’s time to bring the same

professional service that we

do in our heating business into

plumbing,” said Rich Sr. Dykstra

did plumbing many years ago

and we will be operating under

the guidance and license of Dave

Dykstra, Rich’s brother.

Dykstra Home Services wants

to thank all of their customers

that voted for them and made

this Southwest Choice Award

possible. They also pledge to

continue to provide excellent,

professional service to their customers.

Submitted by Dykstra Home

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Parkview Orthopaedic Group provides unrivaled orthopaedic care

Parkview Orthopaedic

Group is proud to be

named Best Orthopaedic

in the southwest suburbs

in the 2020 Southwest

Choice Awards — the second

time they’ve received

the honor. Since opening

its doors more than

50 years ago, Parkview

Orthopaedic Group has

provided quality, state-ofthe-art

and comprehensive

orthopaedic care to Chicago’s

southwest suburbs.

As one of the longest

established orthopaedic

groups in the area,

Parkview’s vital presence

in the community speaks

for itself. The ability to

provide the highest quality

orthopaedic care comes

from the expertise and

compassion of its 18 physicians

and 8 advanced practitioners.

With surgeons

who are fellowship-trained

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sports medicine, joint

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hand, wrist and elbow

surgery, and foot and

ankle surgery — patients

can rest assured they are

receiving the most specialized

and focused care.

Two pain management

doctors, a neurologist

who conducts EMG and

nerve testing, and a rheumatologist

complete the

group. Most importantly,

Parkview physicians give

every patient the compassion

and personal attention

they deserve. The time and

dedication offered by the

Parkview team demonstrates

what it really means

to provide quality care.

Parkview surgeons are

also experts in state-ofthe-art

surgical technologies,

like robotic-assisted

surgery and minimally

invasive procedures, that

allow for a shorter and less

painful recovery for patients.

And their surgeons

have also mastered innovative

techniques including

advanced arthroscopic

shoulder and knee surgery,

total ankle replacement

for severe arthritis, and

high-tech hip, knee and

shoulder replacements.

The Parkview team understands

that mastering these

new advancements is critical

to patients who want to

maintain their quality of

life and return to the activities

they love.

In addition to the excellent

care, Parkview is

also proud to offer convenience

to its patients.

There are five office locations

— Palos Heights,

New Lenox, Mokena, Oak

Lawn and Joliet — and

they offer a one-stop shop

where patients can be diagnosed

and treated under

one roof. Every location

offers x-ray imaging services,

as well as physical

therapy. MRI exams are

available in Palos Heights

and New Lenox, and a

laboratory is open for patients

in Palos Heights.

This comprehensive medical

environment ensures

patients convenience and

an optimal treatment program.

At Parkview Orthopaedic

Group, patients don’t

have to decide between

quality, state-of-the-art,

and comprehensive orthopaedic

care. For more than

50 years, Parkview has

been providing it all.

Submitted by Parkview Orthopaedic

Group. For more

information or to schedule

an appointment, call (708)

361-0600 or visit www.


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Stringham Insurance Agency Ltd.

takes home 5th straight SWC Award

The Men’s U.S. Olympic

hockey team shocked

the sports world in February

1980, with the “Miracle

On Ice” by defeating

the heavily favored Soviet

hockey team and winning

the gold medal at the

Winter Olympic Games.

As that Olympic tournament

was getting under

way in Lake Placid, New

York, Stringham Insurance

Agency, Ltd opened their

doors in Mokena beginning

their proud “40 years

of service” as an independent

insurance agency.

“People come with us to

save money, but they stay

with us for the service,”

said Susie Stringham,

agency vice-president,

when asked about the key

to Stringham Insurance

Agency’s success. “It’s all

about treating people the

way we would want to be


“We are honored that

our clients took the time

and trouble to vote for us

as their favorite area insurance

agency and they

voted for us five years in

a row.”

It does indeed say something

about the agency’s

way of doing business.

“Mary Ann and I started

in Mokena over 40 years

ago” said Richard Stringham,

agency principal. “It

is just amazing as to how

many of our early clients

are still doing business

with us.

“They seem to come to

us as clients, stay for the

service, and remain as


Stringham Insurance

Agency was founded as

an independent insurance


“That means we work

for the client first and not

any one insurance company,”

said Mary Ann

Stringham, agency principal.

“We always have the

customer’s best interest,

first and foremost, in our

minds. And we represent

a number of different insurance

companies that

enable us to best fit the

company and the product

to our client’s needs. The

client – that’s what it is all

about. We try to save them

money while offering the

best product and service.

“Our area has changed

a lot since we opened 40

years ago. Homer Glen has

since incorporated. The

area high schools have all

grown and developed into

first-class institutions of

learning. Roads have improved.

Mokena and the

surrounding communities

have all grown. We’ve

grown, too, as we have

tried to live up to our

registered service mark –

“Small Town Professionals-sm”.

Stringham Insurance

Agency, Ltd. handles all

forms of insurance including

auto, home, life and

business insurance.

“We handle all of the

coverages you would expect

out of a local, independent

insurance agency,”

Susie said. “We insure

a lot of smaller contractors

and other small businesses

in the area, too. And we

have terrific life insurance

products with excellent


After 40 years, a lot has

changed since the “Miracle

on Ice,” but for Stringham

Insurance Agency, Ltd.,

some things never change

,and that it’s still all about

the client and looking

forward to many years of

continued savings, service

and support.

Submitted by Stringham Insurance

Agency, Ltd., 19646

S. Wolf Road, P.O. Box 45,

Mokena. For more information,

call (708) 479-2526 or

visit www.StringhamInsur


19646 S. Wolf Road • Mokena, IL

(708) 479-2526






Celebrating Our

40 Year Anniversary!

5-TIME winner

Erie Insurance is proud

to congratulate their

Agency, Stringham

Insurance, voted Best

Insurance Agency in

this year’s Southwest

Choice Awards!

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Thank youfor voting us #1


Kitchen, bathroom and

whole houseremodeling.

Open 7Days aWeek

17050 S.Oak Park Ave

Tinley Park, IL60477



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You mean,

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,

Emergency Room, and Place to Have a Baby for the fifth year in a row.

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 a day, 7 days a week.

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

To learn more about Silver Cross or for a referral to a doctor on staff, visit www.silvercross.org

1900 Silver Cross Blvd. • New Lenox • www.silvercross.org • (815) 300-1100

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Frankfort Law Group

Frankfort Law Group is a full service law firm that

zealously represents our clients. We strive to assist

people in times of need, whether those needs arise

due to injury, financial difficulty, relationship trouble, or

handling the affairs of a lost loved one. We know that

seeking legal advice can be overwhelming, because legal

processes can be difficult to understand. Our mission is

to assist clients with their legal needs in a professional,

easy to understand manner.

• Bankruptcy

(Illinois & Indiana)

• Fair Debt Collection

• Creditor Harassment

• Real Estate

• Litigation


10075 West Lincoln Highway

Frankfort, Illinois 60423


5210 West 95th Street

Oak Lawn, Illinois 60453


• Personal Injury Claims

• Wills, Trusts, Probate

and Guardianship

• Divorce

• Child Custody

• Family Law



Frankfort Law

Group takes home

two SWC awards

The Frankfort Law

Group was recently named

the five-time winner of

Best Law Firm in 22nd

Century Media’s Southwest

Choice Awards. The

law group also won a second

award this year for

Best Real Estate Attorney.

At the Frankfort Law

Group, they take great

pride in their commitment

to personal service. Clients

come to them because they

have problems, and they

depend upon them to help

them find solutions. The

law group takes these obligations

seriously, because

they know that clients are

only coming to them because

they need help. The

Frankfort Law Group has

offices in Frankfort and

Oak Lawn.

Since they started their

firm, they have focused

on providing each of their

clients with personal attention.

Clients do not have

to be afraid to tell them

what is happening in their

situation. Frankfort Law

Group is not here to judge

them, or make them feel

ashamed for seeking help.

Their only goal is to help

them get results, and move

past their current legal


Frankfort Law Group

has strong representation

in a wide variety of practice

areas. Their lawyers

have more than 40 years of

combined legal experience

in many different legal

fields including bankruptcy

law, Fair Debt Collection

Practices Act claims,

family law, personal injury,

real estate, estate planning,

criminal defense and

workers’ compensation

concerns. Their depth of

experience, gained in prior

cases, is put to use to help

clients find a creative solution

to their complex legal


When handling a client’s

case, they are prepared

and ready for whatever

may happen. While they

make every effort to reach

a resolution prior to trial,

they know that sometimes,

going to court is the only

option left available. All

of Frankfort Law Group’s

attorneys have extensive

courtroom experience, and

will not be reluctant to go

trial if it is what is best for

the client.

Frankfort Law Group

encourages potential clients

to schedule a free consultation.

Their attorneys

have spent their entire legal

careers helping people.

They know that potential

clients have many questions

that they want to ask,

and Frankfort Law Group

is there to address their


Frankfort Law Group is

also a debt relief agency.

They help people file for

bankruptcy relief under the

Bankruptcy Code.

Submitted by the Frankfort

Law Group, 10075 W.

Lincoln Highway, Frankfort,

and 5210 95th St. #102, Oak

Lawn. For more information,

call (708) 349-9333 or

(708) 636-4000 or visit www.


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Murphy Real Estate Group wins Best Real Estate Brokerage once again

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


“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 develop.

“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


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 family.

“Our clients know we

will treat it as if it were our


Submitted by The Murphy

Real Estate Group, 25 E.

Colorado Ave., Frankfort.

For more information, call

(815) 464-1110 or visit www.



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

Brenda Petersen

Marian Bode

Cathy Kostovski


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APEK Inc. secures



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APEK Inc. is honored

to be receiving the Southwest

Choice Award for

Best Roofing in the southwest

suburbs for the third

year in a row. Winning this

award only inspires them

more as a company to keep

improving on their motto

when they started to “give

quality service at budget

conscious pricing.”

It has always been their

goal as a team to provide

the homeowner in need of

an exterior upgrade (roofing,

siding, soffit, fascia

and gutters) a product and

service that they can afford.

APEK Inc. ensures

that every homeowner will

also be proud of the look

of their home.

When they opened in

2008, they only had a

few employees but ambitious

dreams of helping

homeowners in need reach

their home exterior goals.

Over the years, owners

Jim and Becky Richards,

have gone the extra mile

to ensure that APEK can

provide homeowners with

outstanding knowledge of

the home exterior business

at an unmatchable price.

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 customers

want in a home

exterior company. They

know what customers

crave the most is knowledgeable

salesmen, excellent

customer service and

genuine people who guide

them in the right direction,

especially when making

big decisions about their

home. This 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

projects. 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

customers and that’s why

they want to make a point

of going the extra mile for

all of their customers.

If you’re looking for

work to be done on the

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 a customer

needs and be able to answer

any questions they

may have about the entire

process from start to finish.

Make sure to check

them out on Angie’s List

and BBB.

APEK Inc. knows that

updating the home’s exterior

is a big project and

they are here to make sure

the whole process goes

smoothly for the 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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Customers can do more with their

money at NuMark Credit Union

Customers can see their

dreams and make them

happen during NuMark

Credit Union’s Home Improvement

Sale. For a

limited time, enjoy a low

introductory rate of 2.75%

APR* for their Home Equity

Line of Credit for 12

months. Customers can

use their savings to make

home improvements, consolidate

debt, pay for college

and more. Customers

who apply for an Interest

Only Home Equity Line of

Credit before May 30 will

be entered into a drawing

for a Home Automation

Package that will contain

items that to be used for

home connectivity and automation

valued at $1,000.

For complete details, visit

numarkcu.org. Customers

should know NuMark has

options for everyone and

can call them today to talk

about their dreams.

NuMark has also earned

its highest rating for financial

strength and stability

from Bauer Financial for

35 consecutive quarters.

“Embracing their ‘People

Helping People’ core

value, the nation’s credit

unions are well-positioned

to help local communities

thrive,” said Karen Dorway,

president of Bauer

Financial. “In fact, credit

unions are local small

businesses themselves,

and their employees are

members. Through shared

experiences, they know

exactly what other members

need, and they have

the means to help provide

it. This has proven to be a

winning combination for

NuMark Credit Union.”

NuMark’s philosophy of

“People Helping People”

has been noticed nationwide.

They won first place

in the state and national

competitions for the 2019

Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility


Service Award for their

work with Northern Illinois

Food Bank and support

of veterans and their


“We are honored to be

recognized with a first

place Dora Maxwell Social

Responsibility National

Award,” said Ann

Dubie, president and

CEO of NuMark Credit

Union. “Having attended

the mobile food truck and

food packing events with

Northern Illinois Food

Bank, I’ve seen firsthand

the good that we can do.

You don’t forget the faces

of people that you help.

I am so proud of our Nu-

Mark Family. We have all

done a tremendous job to

help solve hunger and support

veterans in our communities.”

NuMark Credit Union

is a not-for-profit financial

cooperative, serving

those who live or work in

Northeastern Illinois and

Northwest Indiana. They

have offices in Joliet, Crest

Hill, Countryside, Tinley

Park and New Lenox.

They have been serving

members for more than 65

years. See NuMark Credit

Union for auto loans,

mortgages, checking accounts,

business services

and more.

Submitted by NuMark Credit

Union. For more information,

call (815) 729-3211 or

visit www.numarkcu.org.

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2020 Winners

Readers voted for their favorite local businesses in more than 140 categories and here are the results!

And the winners are ...

22CM announces fifth 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. 16-Feb. 9, readers were asked

to pick their favorite local businesses in

more than 150 categories using the ballot

inside their newspaper or by visiting


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

Awards – one $500 gift card. The winner

of the gift card was Lou Lotesto of Mokena.

Below and throughout this section are

the winners in each category of the 2020

Southwest Choice Awards.

22nd Century Media Southwest Choice Awards 2020 Winners


Best Barber

Barber’s Chair

332 W. Maple St., New Lenox

(815) 463-0223

Best Beauty School

Capri Beauty College

15815 Rob Roy Drive, Oak Forest

(708) 687-3020

1938 E. Lincoln Highway, New Lenox

(815) 485-3020

Best Day Spa, Best Hair Salon

and Best Mani/Pedi

Jeffrey LaMorte

20821 S. LaGrange Road, Frankfort

(815) 469-0660

1243 S. State St., Lemont

(630) 243-0660

15194 S. La Grange Road, Orland Park

(708) 364-0660

Best Massage

Massage Envy

Multiple locations, www.massageenvy.com

Best Tanning

L.A. Tan

Multiple locations, www.latan.com


Best Assisted Living

Evergreen Senior Living

10820 183rd St., Orland Park

(708) 479-1082

Best Chiropractor

Dr. Scott Kenny, Integrated

Physical Medicine

2499 E. Joliet Highway, New Lenox

(815) 717-8355

Best Dentist

Dr. Garnet Patterson, Patterson

Dental Center

19721 Wolf Road, Mokena

(708) 479-5865

Best Doctor

Dr. Paul A. Chemello, D.O.

21160 S. La Grange Road, Frankfort

(815) 469-8806

Best Emergency Room

Silver Cross Hospital

1900 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox

(815) 300-1100

Best Hearing Clinic

Century ENT

16001 108th Ave., Orland Park

(708) 460-0007

Best Home Health Care

Palos Health

12251 S. 80th Ave., Palos Heights

(708) 923-4000

Best Hospital

Silver Cross Hospital

1900 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox

(815) 300-1100


Dr. John Bush

9661 W. 143rd St., Orland Park

(708) 460-0931

Best Orthodontist

Dr. John Burke, Burke


10343 W. Lincoln Highway, Frankfort

(815) 469-7150

Best Orthopedic

Parkview Orthopaedic Group

Multiple locations, www.parkviewortho.com

Best Pediatrician

Dr. Kevin Germino, MD

16660 S. 107th Ave., Orland Park

(708) 403-8500

Best Physical Therapy

ATI Physical Therapy

Multiple locations, www.atipt.com

Best Place to have a Baby

Silver Cross Hospital

1900 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox

(815) 300-1100

Best Podiatrist

Mokena Foot & Ankle Clinic P.C.

19841 Wolf Road, Mokena

(815) 479-0790

Best Senior Living

Tinley Court Catered Senior


16301 S. Brementowne Road, Tinley Park

(708) 532-7800

Best Urgent Care

Palos Health Immediate Care


15300 West Ave., Orland Park

(708) 460-5550

Best Vision Center

Absolute Vision Care

Multiple locations, www.absolutevisioncare.com

Best Weight Loss Center

WW (formerly Weight Watchers)

15176 S. La Grange Road, Orland Park

(800) 651-6000


Recreational Vehicles

Best Auto Dealer (Domestic)

Phillips Chevrolet

9700 W. Lincoln Highway, Frankfort

(815) 469-2323

Best Auto Dealer (Imports)

Community Honda of Orland Park

8340 W. 159th St., Orland Park

(708) 364-2600

Winner’s list continues on page 25

Best Italian Restaurant

Francesca’s Restaurants

Best Hotel

Holiday Inn Chicago Tinley Park Convention Center

Best Landscaping

Jim Melka Landscaping & Garden Center

Best Pizza

Aurelio’s Pizza

Best Music Lessons

Allegro Music & Dance Academy

Best Law Firm

Frankfort Law Group

5-TIME winner

Best Beauty School

Capri Beauty College

Best Day Spa

Jeffrey LaMorte Salon and Day Spa

Best Asian Fusion

Q Restaurant

Best Buffet

Golden Corral

Best Ribs

The Patio

Best Seafood - Fine Dining

Tin Fish

Best Private High School

Providence Catholic High School

Best Pet Walker

Pet Patrol

Best Auto Repair

Mike’s Auto Service

Best Butcher

C.P. Meat Market

Best Lawn Care

Lawn Tech

Best Travel Agency

Carol’s Travel

Best Windows/Doors

Schaaf Window Company

Best Massage

Massage Envy

Best Burger


Best Casino

Harrah’s Joliet

Best Car Wash

Fuller’s Carwash, Detail & Automotive Centers

Best Consignment Shop

Evilena’s Red Dresser

The following


have won their


category five

years in a row


Best Emergency Room

Silver Cross Hospital

Best Hospital

Silver Cross Hospital

Best Physical Therapy

ATI Physical Therapy

Best Place to Have a Baby

Silver Cross Hospital

Best Weight Loss Center


Best Carry-Out


Best Chicken Wings

Buffalo Wild Wings

Best Date Night Spot

Dancing Marlin Restaurant

Best Family-Owned Restaurant


Best Gyros

Mickey’s Ribs & Gyros

Best Country Club

Silver Lake Country Club

Best Dance Studio

Allegro Music & Dance Academy

Best Driving Range

White Mountain Golf Park

Best Gaming Center

Dave & Buster’s

Best Golf Course

Silver Lake Country Club

Best Credit Union

NuMark Credit Union

Best Day Care

Bobbie Noonan’s Child Care

Best Handyman Service

Need a Hand Handyman Services - Steve Gansel

Best Insurance Agent

Stringham Insurance Agency, Ltd.

Best Kitchen/Bath Remodeling

Tinley Park Kitchen & Bath Shoppe

Best Furniture Store

Darvin Furniture

Best Garden Center or Nursery

Alsip Home & Nursery

Best Jewelry Store

Distinctive Gold Jewelry

Best Motorcycle Dealer

Chi-Town Harley-Davidson

Best RV Dealer

Terry’s RV Center

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22CM Southwest Choice Awards holds 5th annual celebration

Heather Warthen, Chief

Events Officer

Winners of 22nd Century

Media’s fifth annual Southwest

Choice Awards were

invited to attend a cocktail

party and awards ceremony

March 3 at the Tinley Park

Convention Center in Tinley


The honorees feasted on

a variety of hors d’oeuvres

including fresh vegetable

crudites with ranch dip,

cheese board, shrimp cocktail

shooters, cucumber

finger sandwiches, seared

sesame tuna, modern BLT,

tomato mozzarella Caprese

skewer, chai-spiced

goat cheese and fruit baguette,

assorted mini

quiche, pulled pork sliders,

black pepper bacon

Brussel sprouts, spinach

and cheese stuffed mushroom,

artichoke beignet,

scallop wrapped in bacon,

mini crab cakes, truffle

mushroom risotto phyllo,

Nashville hot chicken, goat

cheese and sundried tomato

filo purse and pear, brie

and prosciutto crostini.

The winner of the $500

gift card was also announced

at the event. Lou

Lotesto of Mokena was selected

as the winner.

Entertainment was provided

by NewMoon Chicago

and included a wine bicycle

and a costumed table

lady carrying appetizers.

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. Five-time

winners also received a

special certificate noting

their achievement.

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Photos by Adam Jomant/22nd Century Media

Allie Rios (left) and Marietta Harris smile as they

celebrate the five-time win for Best Private High School

for Providence Catholic High School.

James Murphy, of The Murphy Real

Estate Group, smiles with his award for

Best Managing Broker. The group also

won for Best Real Estate Brokerage.

Left to right: Lockport Mayor Steve Streit, Stagecoach Saloon

& Eatery owners Joe and Sherie Gallas, and Bob Morris

celebrate the restaurant’s Best New Restaurant win.

Left to right: Rich Dykstra Jr. shares a laugh

with Jen Milazzo and Amy Coghill.

Lou Lotesto, of Mokena, smiles at the awards

ceremony. Lotesto was selected as the ballot winner in

the 2020 Southwest Choice Awards.

Sizzles owner Mervet Nolte smiles

with her daughter after winning Best

Burger, Carry-Out and Family-Owned

Restaurant for the fifth time.

Left to right: Tranquil Soul Yoga & Wellness

Studio’s Erica Cybulski, Britt Largent, Kim

Watson, Lisa Kougan-Rita and Toni Portadyla

smile for for the studio’s first win for Best Yoga.

Rich Dykstra Jr. (left to right), Jen Milazzo and

Rich Dykstra Sr. of Dykstra Home Services

celebrate their victory for Best Heating/Cooling.

Catherine Storbeck of CD&Me shows off their

two awards for Best Live Entertainment and

Best Wedding Venue.

Tim Veurink (left) and Lori Gardner, owners of Allegro Music &

Dance Academy, celebrate their wins for Best Dance Studio and

Best Music Lessons for five years in a row.

Rob Steinmetz (left) and Jason Marion of The Bridge

Thrift Store celebrate the store’s win for Best Thrift


Mario Aivazian (left) of NewMoon Chicago pours a glass of

wine for Andy Mo March 3 at the Southwest Choice Awards

at the Tinley Park Convention Center.

Ed Nemec, of Dancing Marlin,

shows off the restaurant’s four

awards – Best Brunch, Best Date

Night Spot, Best Happy Hour

and Best Outdoor Dining. The

restaurant is a five-time winner for

Best Date Night Spot.

Tin Fish Restaurant’s Curtis

Wierbicki (left) and Tobias Garcia

smile for a photo as they celebrate

the restaurant’s five-time win for

Best Seafood - Fine Dining.

Dr. Kevin Germino smiles with

his award for Best Pediatrician.

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Best Auto Dealer (Used)

Bettenhausen Automotive

8355 W. 159th St., Tinley Park

(708) 532-2665

Best Motorcycle Dealer

Chi-Town Harley-Davidson

17801 S. La Grange Road, Tinley Park

(708) 623-6000

Best RV Dealer

Terry’s RV Center

20450 S. La Grange Road, Frankfort

(800) 603-8600

Fitness & Recreation

Best Art Studio

Creative Wings Art Shoppe

1011 S. State St., Lockport

(815) 905-3068

Best Bowling Alley

Thunder Bowl

18700 Old La Grange Road, Mokena

(708) 478-3610

Best Casino

Harrah’s Joliet

151 N. Joliet St., Joliet

(815) 740-7800

Best Country Club

Silver Lake Country Club

14700 82nd Ave., Orland Park

(708) 349-6940

Best Dance Studio

Allegro Music and Dance Academy

1014 S. Hamilton St., Lockport

(815) 838-2301

Best Driving Range

White Mountain Golf Park

9901 179th St., Tinley Park

(708) 478-4653

Best Family Entertainment Center

Urban Air Trampoline and

Adventure Park

19800 S. La Grange Road, Mokena

(312) 528-9405

Best Fitness Center/Gym

Re|Claim Fitness

1325 E. Lincoln Highway, New Lenox

(815) 463-8500

19816 S. LaGrange Road, Mokena

(708) 479-4477

Best Gaming Center

Dave & Buster’s

49 Orland Square Park, Orland Park

(708) 428-2100

Best Golf Course

Silver Lake Country Club

14700 82nd Ave., Orland Park

(708) 349-6940

Best Gymnastics Center


19220 Ridge Drive, Mokena

(708) 479-6969

Best Hotel

Holiday Inn Chicago - Tinley Park

Convention Center

18501 Convention Center Drive, Tinley Park

(708) 444-1100

Best Live Entertainment Venue


23320 S. La Grange Road, Frankfort

(815) 469-7315

Best Movie Theater

Emagine Frankfort

19965 S. La Grange Road, Frankfort

(779) 216-5200

Best Music Lessons

Allegro Music and Dance Academy

1014 S. Hamilton St., Lockport

(815) 838-2301

Best Wedding Venue


23320 S. La Grange Road, Frankfort

(815) 469-7315

Best Yoga

Tranquil Soul Yoga & Wellness


20280 S. La Grange Road, Frankfort

(815) 534-5828


Best Asian Fusion

Q Restaurant

11379 W. 159th St., Orland Park

(708) 966-2179

Best Bakery

Orland Park Bakery

14850 S. La Grange Road, Orland Park

(708) 349-8516

Best Barbecue

DOC’s Smokehouse

19081 Old LaGrange Road #105, Mokena

(708) 995-5533

Best Beer Garden

Square Celt

39 Orland Square Drive, Orland Park

(708) 226-9600

Best Breakfast

Country Charm Restaurant

101 Lincolnway Drive #2034, New Lenox

(815) 485-3996

Best Brewery

350 Brewing Company

7144 183rd St., Tinley Park

(708) 468-8991

Best Brunch

Dancing Marlin Restaurant

20590 S. La Grange Road, Frankfort

(815) 464-6646

Best Buffet

Golden Corral (multiple


6803 W. 159th St., Tinley Park

(708) 444-8480

Best Burger


110 MacGregor Road, Lockport

(815) 524-4391

Best Business Lunch

Cooper’s Hawk Winery &


(multiple locations)

15690 S. Harlem Ave., Orland Park

(708) 633-0200

2307 E. Lincoln Highway, New Lenox

(815) 320-7500

Best Candy/Popcorn

Raffy’s Candy Store

2751 E. Lincoln Highway #1, New Lenox

(815) 320-6152

21 S. White St., Frankfort

(815) 806-7515

Best Carry-Out


110 MacGregor Road, Lockport

(815) 524-4391

Best Caterer

Healthy Nation Catering

19810 S. Harlem Ave., Frankfort

(708) 325-8685

Best Chicken Wings

Buffalo Wild Wings

Multiple locations, www.buffalowildwings.com

Best Chinese Food

Mo’s Chinese Kitchen

9200 W. 159th St. and 18062

Wolf Road, Orland Park

2417 E. Joliet Highway, New Lenox

Best Date Night Spot

Dancing Marlin

20590 S. La Grange Road, Frankfort

(815) 464-6646

Best Deli/Sub Sandwiches

Jersey Mike’s Subs

Multiple locations, www.jerseymikes.com

Best Family-Owned Restaurant


110 MacGregor Road, Lockport

(815) 524-4391

Best Fine Dining

Mr. Benny’s Steak & Lobster House

19200 Everett Lane, Mokena

(708) 478-5800

Best Fried Chicken


Multiple locations, www.popeyes.com

Best Greek Restaurant

Kefi Greek Cuisine & Bar

12200 S. Harlem Ave., Palos Heights

(708) 361-9610

Best Gyros

Mickey’s Ribs & Gyros

(multiple locations)

17432 Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park

(708) 532-3060

Best Happy Hour

Dancing Marlin Restaurant

20590 S. La Grange Road, Frankfort

(815) 464-6646

Best Hibachi Grill


11230 Lincoln Highway, Mokena

(815) 806-1888

Best Hot Dogs

Joey’s Red Hots

(multiple locations)

17400 Wolf Road, Orland Park

(708) 478-6200

Best Ice Cream

Plush Horse Ice Cream Shoppe

Tinley Park

7903 W. 171st St., Tinley Park

(708) 444-1800

Best Irish Pub

Tom Kelly’s Chophouse & Pub

495 Degroate Road, New Lenox

(815) 462-8420

Best Italian Restaurant


(multiple locations)

40 Kansas St., Frankfort

(815) 464-1890

Best Juice/Smoothies

Tropical Smoothie Cafe

(multiple locations)

1872 E. Lincoln Highway, New Lenox

(815) 717-8095

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

(708) 468-8456

16105 Farrell Road, Lockport

(815) 523-4647

Best Mexican Restaurant

Fat Rosie’s Taco and Tequila Bar

28 Kansas St., Frankfort

(815) 534-1640

Best New Restaurant

(1 year or less)

Stagecoach Eatery & Saloon

1028 S. State St., Lockport

(815) 524-7474

Best Outdoor Dining

Dancing Marlin

20590 S. La Grange Road, Frankfort

(815) 464-6646

Best Pizza

Aurelio’s Pizza

Multiple locations, www.auerliospizza.com

Best Pizza (Chicago-Style)

Lou Malnati’s

Multiple locations, www.loumalnatis.com

Best Pizza (Most Creative)

MOD Pizza

Multiple locations, www.modpizza.com

Best Pizza (Thick Crust)

Giordano’s Pizzeria

Multiple locations, www.giordanos.com

Best Pizza (Thin crust)

Fox’s Pizza & Irish Pub

9655 W. 143rd St., Orland Park

(708) 349-2111

11247 W. 187th St., Mokena

(708) 478-8888

Best Ribs

The Patio

(multiple locations)

7830 W. 159th St., Orland Park

(708) 429-7575

Best Seafood (Fast Food)

Just Shrimp

(multiple locations)

15940 S. Harlem Ave., Tinley Park

(708) 444-2770

Best Seafood (Fine Dining)

Tin Fish Restaurant

18201 S. Harlem Ave., Tinley Park

(708) 532-0200

Best Sports Bar

Coom’s Corner Sports Grill

1225 E. 9th St., Lockport

(815) 838-4420

Best Steakhouse

Jack Gibbons Gardens

14700 Justamere Road, Oak Forest

(708) 687-2331

Best Sushi Restaurant

Wu’s House

16310 S. La Grange Road, Orland Park

(708) 737-7357

Best Thai Restaurant

Oy’s Thai Cuisine

1880 E. Lincoln Highway, New Lenox

(815) 462-9000


Best Preschool

Bobbie Noonan’s Child Care

Multiple locations, www.bobbienoonans.com

Best Private K-8th Grade School

St. Dennis School

1201 S. Washington St., Lockport

(815) 838-4494

Best Private High School

Providence Catholic High School

1800 W. Lincoln Highway, New Lenox

(815) 485-2136


Best Pet Boarding

K9 Tailshakers

9204 Gulfstream Road, Frankfort

(815) 464-8245

Best Pet Groomer

A Paw-Fect Cut

33 Old Frankfort Way, Frankfort

(815) 469-2243

Best Pet Shop


Multiple locations, www.petsmart.com

Best Pet Walker

Pet Patrol

(708) 349-3647

Best Veterinarian

Cedar Way Veterinary Clinic

2041 Calistoga Drive, New Lenox

(815) 462-7387

Real Estate

Best Commercial Real Estate Agent

Rima Odeh, Classic Realty Group

15000 S. Cicero Ave., Suite 2A, Oak Forest

(708) 856-5100

Best Luxury Realtor

Mike McCatty, Century 21


15812 S. Wolf Road, Orland Park

(708) 945-2121

Best Managing Broker

James Murphy, The Murphy Real

Estate Group

25 E. Colorado Ave., Frankfort

(815) 464-1110

Best Real Estate Agent

David J. Cobb, RE/MAX

10 New Lenox

1938 E. Lincoln Highway, Suite 218, New Lenox

(708) 205-2622

Best Real Estate Attorney

Frankfort Law Group

(multiple locations)

10075 W. Lincoln Highway, Frankfort

(708) 349-9333

Best Real Estate Brokerage

The Murphy Real Estate Group

25 E. Colorado Ave., Frankfort

(815) 464-1110

Best Real Estate Mortgage Lender

Marquette Bank

(multiple locations)

(877) 304-8323


Best Real Estate Team

Always Home Real Estate Services

20500 S. La Grange Road, Suite 5, Frankfort

(815) 412-1787


Best Alarm Systems

Alarm Illinois

9242 Greenwood Drive, Tinley Park

(630) 520-8046

Best Auto Repair

Mike’s Auto Services Mokena

10201 191st St., Mokena

(708) 478-1616

Best Bank

Marquette Bank

(multiple locations)

(888) 254-9500


Best Butcher

C.P. Meat Market, Inc.

1312 N. Cedar Road, New Lenox

(815) 485-3629

Best Car Wash

Fuller’s Carwash, Detail &

Automotive Centers

Multiple locations, www.fullerscarwash.com

Best Carpet/Flooring

Creative Carpet & Flooring

19420 S. La Grange Road, Mokena

(708) 479-8600

Best 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

Best Day Care

Bobbie Noonan’s Child Care

Multiple locations, www.bobbienoonans.com

Best Electrician

Village Square Electric

(708) 349-8550

Best Financial Advisor

Marquette Wealth Management

(multiple locations)

(877) 304-8323


Best Florist

Bella Fiori Flower Shop

1820 E. Lincoln Highway, New Lenox

(815) 463-8330

Best Funeral Home

Kurtz Memorial Chapel

65 Old Frankfort Way, Frankfort

(815) 806-2225

102 E. Francis Road, New Lenox

(815) 485-3700

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Mokena Foot & Ankle Clinic notches

second straight win for Best Podiatrist

Dr. Phillip Narcissi and Dr.

Johnny Rossi are honored to be

named the best podiatrist in the

southwest suburbs in the 2020

Southwest Choice Awards for

the second year in a row. Narcissi

started this practice in 1993 as

the first ankle and foot specialist

in Mokena.

“It seems like yesterday I answered

the phone to schedule my

first patient,” he said.

He remembers driving and

walking through Mokena trying

to find office space. Lucky for

him, Dr. Chip Patterson had office

space adjacent to his dental

practice become available. With

his family’s help, he was able

to build out the space and begin

the practice. Narcissi immediately

became very involved in

the community with volunteering,

coaching and forming the

St. Mary’s Men’s Club. Over the

past 25 years, he and his wife,

Diane, continue to be involved

in Mokena as they raise their

six children. With a growing

practice, Narcissi moved to their

current location at 19841 Wolf

Road, added additional offices

in Flossmoor and Beecher and

hired Rossi.

What sets Mokena Foot &

Ankle apart is that they are a

family friendly, state of the art,

comprehensive practice that

takes care of all foot and ankle

needs. In the current age of corporate

and large group medical

practices Narcissi and Rossi

pride themselves on staying

on top of the most cutting edge

medical and surgical techniques,

and new advancements in medicine

while continuing with the

tradition of compassion and empathy

with a personal touch. The

staff – Maureen, Denise, Bailey,

Joyce and Delilah – are friendly,

accessible and knowledgeable.

They know patients by name and

not by number.

What has defined Narcissi and

Rossi over the past 25 years is

not just their knowledge and expertise,

but their philosophy of

conservative care first approach.

Although both are board-certified

surgeons by the American

Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery

and Fellows of the American

College of Foot and Ankle

Surgeons, they believe surgery

should be the last option. They

pride themselves on using the

latest techniques from platelet

enriched plasma to amniotic

cells to k-laser to encourage the

body to heal itself.

At Mokena Foot and Ankle,

a patient’s entire ankle and foot

needs can be treated from children

to adults, sports medicine

to fractures, forefoot to ankle

surgery , diabetic routine care to

wound care, skin to nail conditions,

nerve pain to neuropathy,

with a comprehensive more personal

medical environment.

Narcissi, Rossi and the staff of

Mokena Foot and Ankle would

like to thank their patients for allowing

them to be part of their

medical family and community

for over the past 25 years and

voting them as Best Podiatrist

in the southwest suburbs in the

2020 Southwest Choice Awards

for the second year in a row.

Submitted by Mokena Foot & Ankle

Clinic, 19841 Wolf Road, Mokena.

For more information, call (708)

479-0790 or visit www.mokenafoot


Thank You for Voting Us



Dr. Johnny C.

Rossi, DPM

Dr. Phil

Narcissi, DPM


Performed the way it should be.

Quality, Experience, and Compassion.




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19801 Governors Hwy. Ste. 150, FLOSSMOOR

715 Dixie Hwy., BEECHER


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Joey’s Red Hots takes

home award two years in

a row for Best Hot Dogs

Established in 2016 by

two industry veterans, the

Joey’s group of restaurants

and food trucks are oldschool

Chicago establishments

that offer customers

a taste of the old neighborhood

and bring them back

to the tastes, sights and

sounds of their childhood.

Joey’s Red Hots, located

at 17400 Wolf Road in Orland

Park, was the winner

of Best Hot Dogs in 22nd

Century Media’s 2020

Southwest Choice Awards.

Also located there is Joey’s

Pizza, Pasta & Gelato.

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 high-quality

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 Neighborhood.”

In addition to the Orland

Park location they

also have one at 11500 S.

Western Ave., in Chicago’s

Morgan Park neighborhood.

They will also open

a third location in New

Lenox at 217 E. Maple St.

later this spring. They also

offer catering and food


Hours for both locations

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

through Thursday and

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


Submitted by Joey’s Red

Hots, 17400 Wolf Road,

Orland Park. For more information,

call (708) 478-6200

or visit www.joeysredhots.


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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 three years has taken home the title of

Best Mexican Restaurant.

Southwest Choice Winner

2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 - Best

Mexican Restaurant

2016 - Best New Restaurant

Submitted by Fat Rosie’s Taco & Tequila Bar,

28 Kansas St., Frankfort. For more information,

call (815) 534-1640 or visit www.


Tinley Park Kitchen & Bath Shoppe

recognized as ‘The People’s Choice’

If customers head into the

Tinley Park Kitchen & Bath

Shoppe in the downtown

historic district, 17050 S.

Oak Park Ave., they will see

a showroom that welcomes

them with gorgeous home

designs. What they will also

see are five 22nd Century

Media Southwest Choice

Awards and nine Best of the

Southland awards hanging

on the walls, a testament to

the company’s commitment

to quality. They also want to

say thanks to their customers

for voting them Best

Kitchen and Bath Remodeling

for five years straight

in the Southwest Choice


John Cancialosi, president

Tinley Park Kitchen &

Bath Shoppe, said receiving

the awards never gets old or


“It’s a great feeling, true

validation that we are doing

things right here,” he said.

Established success

At a time when the marketplace

is as competitive as

ever, Tinley Park Kitchen &

Bath Shoppe enjoys a level

of success and recognition

that has provided renewed

opportunities and longevity.

The company will celebrate

its 15th anniversary this


After 15 years of applying

his skills in the cabinet

industry, Cancialosi opened

Tinley Park Kitchen & Bath

Shoppe to help customers

achieve their dreams

in rooms throughout their

homes. The process of designing

a project and working

with people throughout

the region has never gotten

old for him and he still finds

it very satisfying.

Cancialosi said he has

seen generations of customers

over the years, with

children of his original customers

coming in for remodeling


“The best thing is the

repeat customers we have

seen over the years,” he

said. “They call us back

when they move to a new

home, or when they want to

remodel another bathroom

or kitchen in their existing


Difference maker

According to Cancialosi,

when it comes to getting

things right and making

every project an individual

source of pride, it’s his team

that is the real difference

maker for more than a de-

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K9 Tailshakers to celebrate 98 ‘Dog Years’ in business this year

Ninety-eight “dog years”

in business is certainly

something to bark about.

K9 Tailshakers has kept canine

tails shaking for over

a decade – 14 years to be

exact. Starting from nothing

to a client base of thousands

and a team of double digits

certainly is a story itself. If

customers ever get a moment,

they can ask owner

Jan Flanagan about sleeping

in the kennels with the

dogs and showering in the

dog tub because she rarely

would ever leave her business.

Starting a small business

is not for the faint of

heart, particularly one that

requires 365 days a year attention

although when K9

Tailshakers started, they

were all in.

K9 Tailshakers is a training-based

facility that also

offers boarding, day care

and grooming. Trainingbased

means all of their

programs are structured

and revolve around what is

most enriching, healthiest

and right for the dog. All of

their programs strive to send

home a happy dog, if not

also a better dog. Unique in

services such as free training

consultations, enriching

activities like treadmills,

agility for fun, puzzles, canine

fitness and much more

is just a quick taste in what

this unique facility has to


K9 Tailshakers is a facility

that absolutely invests

where it counts, which is

training and educating their


“I believe in investing in

my teams training internally

and externally, motivating

and building them to be the

best they can be at work and

for themselves outside of

work,” Flanagan said. “The

dogs don’t care how pretty

a facility is; that’s a sell to

the people. The dogs need a

team that understands what

is best for them and how to

care for them in every way

possible and in every department.”

Unique in services such

as day training, interactive

care program and their

one-of-a-kind a la carte program

that offers enriching

one-on-one activities like

treadmills, agility for fun,

puzzles, canine fitness and

much more is just a quick

taste in what this unique facility

has to offer.

K9 Tailshakers, who has

won four straight years

in the Southwest Choice

Awards, as well as Best In

Will County and a finalist

for Pet Industry Woman

of the Year is a true gem

tucked away in the industrial

park of Frankfort that dog

owners will certainly want

to check out in person or online.

Customers can follow

them on Facebook and also

see their rocking reviews on

Facebook, Yelp and Google

from many years of happy


Submitted by K9 Tailshakers,

9204 Gulfstream Road, Frankfort.

For more information,

call (815) 464-8245 or visit





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“I truly believe the team

we have assembled here is

what sets us apart from all

the rest, from the designers

to the craftsmen out in the

field,” he said. “Everybody

realizes we work as one

large team. I have had the

same people here for 13-15


Proven process

When you come into the

showroom, you will see

many examples of the cabinets,

counters, tile, hardware,

flooring and other

accessories offered by Tinley

Park Kitchen & Bath


Cancialosi said his team

handles everything in the

process from soup to nuts, a

true design build company.

“We do everything from

the moment clients come

into our showroom and sit

down with us to talk about




what they would like to

see,” he said. “We put a

plan of action together, layout

a design, go through the

proposal and contract stage,

and get them on the calendar.

Our craftsmen in the

field take over from there.”

According to Cancialosi,

projects typically get scheduled

between 30 to 45 days

in advance. He said he is in

the showroom six days a

week and he still enjoys the

creative part of the job.

“I think the best part of

my job is the creative process

and seeing the customer

satisfaction at the end of

the job,” Cancialosi said.

Submitted by Tinley Park

Kitchen & Bath Shoppe,

17050 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley

Park. For more information,

call (708) 429-6601 or

visit www.tpkitchenandbath.



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McMahon Custom Builders named Best

Home Builder for third year straight

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 $600,000 to more than $1

million. In recent years, McMahon

Custom Builders has been

involved in building homes in

one of Frankfort’s most prestigious

sub-divisions, Olde Stone


“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 third 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

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34 | March 19, 2020 | 22nd Century Media Southwest Choice Awards


Sizzles becomes 5-time winner for Best Burger, Carry-Out and Family-Owned Restaurant

“Every positive change in life

is started by stepping out of your

comfort zone,” said Mervet Nolte,

owner of Sizzles Lockport. “When

you believe in yourself and stick to

your virtues nothing will stop you.

I am grateful people choose to take

a chance and go small. All of those

small purchases created an entire

movement that surpassed what I

ever imagined.

“Sizzles is more than a brand,

and became a community portal.

This has been my greatest privilege

of everything I have accomplished

and is not something I take

lightly. Of all the things I earned

over the years, respect is absolutely

one of them. Thank you for that

honor and privilege.”

When Nolte opened Sizzles it

was the beginning of a beautiful

quest of finding out who she was

and how she fit into society.

“I think so many of us struggle

with finding a niche that fulfills

our heart,” she said. “What I mean

by this is that initially I began to

escape the mundane bean counter

life I was entering. I didn’t see

anyone really encouraging community


“So, I decided I would begin a

local #supportlocal movement.

My first Facebook posts were awkward

to me, because I had coined

the phrase everyone became accustomed

to seeing: #weloveyoulockport

#support local.”

Nolte said the first Thanksgiving

in business she provided meals

for families that were in need

through Lockport Love.

“For those who know my story,

that was such a juxtaposition, my

heart feels heavy thinking about

it,” she said. “Then, before I even

realized anyone was paying attention,

Sizzles became more than the

business voted most likely to fail.

I knew Lockport well enough. I

chose a location that was considered

cursed – I heard the same,

‘You know how many places fail

here?’ comment all day until four

years later when I moved to the

other cursed corner.”

The reason Sizzles has maintained

five years of winning is

because Nolte does not tolerate

deviations from their roots.

“I press for consistency of my

products, for my staff to follow

guidelines, my first sign ever

hung still reads: ‘Quality is key!

We serve the freshest ingredients

because quality is a forgotten virtue,’”

she said. “It is my unwavering

respect and dedication to those

who have eaten here and their expectations

when they dine here.

“Of course, mistakes happen,

people have bad days, and the

shake regrets I experience. However,

I can assure you that through

the troubles I encountered valuable

lessons were learned. Sizzles

is only a winner for this long because

I listen, work, and develop

my ‘brand.’ I take feedback from

my guests letting them know how

valuable their comments really


In 2018 Sizzles moved to its

new location. It is also the home of

other female-owned-and-operated


“I love sharing the background

of the purchase because it shows

how things all fall into place if you

allow them to,” Nolte said. “This

strip mall was empty for many

years, but it did house a couple


Nolte said the property had been

openly for sale for 10 years. She

made an offer and in November

2017 it became Sizzles Center.

Nolte said part of what she does is

in honor of that purchase and opportunity

she was given.

“I know it sounds so cliché, but

without my guests I am nothing,”

Nolte said. “That is genuinely

how I look at all of this. Winning

is nice, but it would mean nothing

if it didn’t offer someone the hope

to dream.

“Without the support of those

around me, I truly would be nothing.

My motivation, the purpose of

Sizzles, was to create a community

hub. Here I am almost six years

later and I can see how small acts

of kindness have absolutely added

up. I pressed my agenda, encouraging

others to become involved.

This has been a very tumultuous

experience, but I would never

trade it for anything else. You gave

me purpose.”

Submitted by Sizzles, 110 Mac-

Gregor Road, Lockport. For more

information, call (815) 524-4391 or

visit them on Facebook.

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Marquette Bank offers 60 scholarships to local high schools

Marquette Bank, a

locally-owned neighborhood

bank, has announced

the continuation and expansion

of the Marquette

Bank Education Foundation

Scholarship Program.

The 2020 Scholarship

Program has grown to 60

Chicagoland high schools.

The program awarded its

first scholarships in 1968

and celebrates a tradition

of providing scholarships

to graduating seniors

from schools in Marquette

Bank’s neighborhood

footprint. Scholarships

of $2,500 are awarded

to students continuing

their education who have

an outstanding record of

community service, demonstrate

financial need and

maintain at least a “B” average

through their high

school education. Since

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“As a neighborhood

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Marquette Bank is proud

to offer this scholarship

opportunity to deserving

local students who excel

at community service,”

said Christie Cox, director

of neighborhood strategy.

“By contributing to their

education, we hope that

they will find individual

success and return to help

improve their communities

in the years to come.”

Students are selected

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The scholarship can be

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any higher education program,

including four-year

colleges and universities,

community colleges, vocational

training or trade


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Program is part of

the Marquette Neighborhood

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each quarter the bank focuses

service efforts on

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5-TIME winner

Allegro Music &

Dance Academy

wins 5th Best Dance

Studio, Music

Lessons awards

Marquette Bank celebrates

anniversary in 2020


This year marks Marquette

Bank’s 75th Anniversary

as a friendly,

reliable and modern neighborhood

bank focused on

the financial success of

neighbors, business owners

and Chicagoland communities.

The actual anniversary

date is Tuesday,

“We love to see the students

shine,” said Lori

May 12. The bank is planning

refreshments at all

Gardner, Allegro Music &

Dance Academy’s executive

director, when asked

bank locations during the

week of the anniversary what motivates her to continue

to provide perform-

and is planning additional

activities, promotions and ing arts opportunities for fidence, self esteem and

contests. For the latest on students. “After 30 years, emotional intelligence

anniversary news, visit much has changed, but when studying the performing

arts,” he said.

www.emarquettebank. what remains the same is


that students still understand

what hard work can the kids grow in important

“It’s gratifying to watch

Submitted by Marquette achieve.”

life lessons while also developing

technical skills in

Bank. For more information, Her partner, Tim

call (888) 254-9500 or visit Veurink, agrees.

music, dance and theater.”

www.emarquettebank.com. “Students build con-

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The colorful story of Veurink

and Gardner’s partnership is told

on the academy’s website, www.


“People are always surprised to

know that we partnered in business

first – then after a couple

years, I did the math and thought

it would be cheaper to marry Lori

than to buy her out of the business,”

said Veurink with a smile

and chuckle.

Allegro Music & Dance Academy

offers music lessons for

piano, guitar, voice, violin and

drums; as well as dance classes

for ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop and

more – with options starting as

young as 18 months of age in

Lockport, Lemont and Bolingbrook.

“Our staff of amazing teachers

share our vision for creating confident,

strong kids – which means

teaching life lessons within music

and dance classes,” Veurink

said. “One of our young teens

recently took home the People’s

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Gardner noted that Allegro is


“We meet students where they

are, and encourage them to step

up and offer their unique gifts

to the community,” she said. “In

one dance class recently, a young

student noticed that some kids in

class seemed lonely. At the end of

class, she raised her hand and announced,

‘I would like to start a

Friendship Club in the lobby for

anyone who wants to have more

friends in dance class. Does anyone

want to be part of that?’ And

every single hand went up.

“I was so proud, because while

she’s a very good dancer, she is

also learning to be a great leader.

That confidence to step up and

care about others is what it’s all

about for me.”

When it comes to stepping up,

Allegro students enjoy many performance

opportunities, including

concerts at local venues, taking

the stage at Carnegie Hall and

House of Blues, variety shows

and benefit galas in the community.

“The focus is making opportunities

for Allegro students to

show off their talent and skill

while making a positive impact

on the community,” Veurink said.

“We help them shine, and in doing

so we believe they spread the

joy of being awesome.”

Allegro students will next appear

onstage in the upcoming

theatrical production of “High

School Musical” May 1-3 at the

Lockport Township Building

Auditorium. For tickets or information

on classes, call (877)

853-2763 or visit www.Allegro-


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Mickey’s wins Best Gyros

five years in a row

Thanks to all who voted

Mickey’s Best Gyros five years

in a row. For those who haven’t

been to Mickey’s Ribs & Gyros

on Oak Park Avenue in Tinley

Park, they encourage them to

give their taste buds a treat.

Mickey’s provides a superior

dining experience with delicious

food that is made to order and

delightful service. Mickey’s is

best known for their tender ribs

and tasty gyros with fresh sauce

that is made daily from scratch,

but if that’s not what customers

have a taste for, that’s not a

problem. They can always find

a delicious option on their menu

– whether it’s burgers, hot dogs,

grilled chicken on a pita, beef

sandwiches, or salads and a variety

of sides. Customers won’t

leave hungry, but should make

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With 35 years in business

this year, Mickey’s prides itself

in providing great service and

quality food. Mickey’s is devoted

to its customers and the community

and has many regular

customers who they have gotten

to know through the years. Catering

orders are available for

any occasion. They also have

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Tranquil Soul Yoga & Wellness Studio celebrates first win for Best Yoga

Mother and daughter

owners, Kim Watson and

Britt Largent, are proud

to provide a unique blend

at Tranquil Soul Yoga

& Wellness located in

Frankfort – a welcoming,

simple, yet upscale studio

focused on the extra ordinary.

Combining their passion

for yoga, meditation,

spa, travel, fashion, events

and community, they

warmly welcome guests

to experience an array of

eclectic services.

Their humble story

began several years ago

with a lovely home studio.

Word spread of a comfy,

friendly atmosphere,

where all were warmly

welcomed with a hug and

encouraged to “just be”

for awhile. A place where

herbal tea, gourmet chocolates

and conversations

were served after class,

and beautiful days were

spent practicing poolside

in the garden, enjoying nature’s

gifts. Classes were

donation-based and all

funds collected were distributed

with gratitude and

love to area families, children

and animals in need.

A community was born

and in a few short years,

it was time to morph into

something more.

Watson and Largent’s

dream of creating an inviting,

nurturing haven where

the practice of yoga was

less intimidating and much

more accessible to all

people, had manifested at

last. Tranquil Soul opened

for business in November

2018. Talented instructors

and therapists, as well as

guests, could feel they had

found their “yoga home.”

Tranquil Soul believes

yoga to be a healing practice

of creating peace from

within – a practice that

unites the body with spirit,

calms the mind, strengthens

without harm, and offers

joy and balance to life.

Providing an authentic,

diverse yoga experience to

every soul that enters their

sacred yoga sanctuary is

their primary mission. Experienced

instructors patiently

guide many variations

and modifications

during each session – so

beginners can find their

comfort level and experienced

practitioners can

meet their edge of challenge.

In addition to serving

an assorted variety of 28+

yoga and meditation classes

every week, they offer

massage therapy, Reiki

energy balancing, detox

Infra-red sauna treatments,

group travel, transformative

yoga retreats, private

parties, monthly wellness

workshops, metaphysical

events, sound healing concerts,

Tranquil Soul Studio

Academy of Higher Learning

continued education

and certification programs

... and so much more.

For those that are curious,

Tranquil Soul Yoga

has a $59 introductory offer

of unlimited yoga for

30 days. It is the perfect

starter-kit to sample a variety

of different classes

and instructors. Find what

you love most and keep

practicing. Yoga every

single day for 30 days if

you wish. They offer many

pricing options such as

unlimited memberships,

class packages and single

class passes.

After class, guests will

be encouraged to stay

awhile if they like – sit,

visit, sip tea. Guests can

shop fashion apparel, specialty

gifts and crystal

gemstones in the boutique.

Their passionate team of

guides and therapists are

committed to supporting

their guests with love, acceptance

and non-judgement.

Submitted by Tranquil Soul

Yoga & Wellness Studio,

20280 S. LaGrange Road,

Frankfort. For more information,

call (815) 534-5828 or

visit www.tranquilsoulstudio.


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Just Shrimp thankful for

Southwest Choice Award votes

Just Shrimp would like

to thank their customers for

the vote in the recent Southwest

Choice Awards.

Five years strong, Just

Shrimp has proven to have

the best fast food seafood in

the southwest suburbs.

Now, during the Lenten

season, Just Shrimp encourages

customers to check out

their favorite local spot for a

variety of seafood options.

As many are aware, Just

Shrimp offers much more

than “just shrimp.” From

cod, lobster, smelt, catfish,

alligator and even lake

perch, Just Shrimp offers an

array of seafood dishes to

satisfy each of its customer’s


Since opening its doors

in late 2014, Just Shrimp

has tweaked its menu to

cater to its customers and

their suggestions. With

many people looking for a

healthier alternative to fast

food, Just Shrimp’s newest

Just Shrimp

Tinley Park Hours

11 a.m.-10 p.m.


11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-


Closed Sundays

menu item includes a Louisiana

Shrimp Boil. The boil

is prepared with corn on the

cob, carrots, smoked beef

sausage, red potatoes, and a

choice of garlic lemon butter

sauce or a spicy hot sauce.

Other healthy alternatives

include a broiled salmon

dinner and a grilled shrimp

skewer. Both dinners are

served with mixed vegetables

and a baked potato.

Aside from traditional

dinners that include shrimp

or fish, fries and coleslaw,

Just Shrimp also offers a

wide variety of flavorful

sandwiches. From its broiled

salmon sandwich to its customer

favorite lobster roll,

each sandwich is prepared

with just the right amount of

flavor and seasoning.

Other sandwiches include

cod fish, catfish, tilapia, lake

perch, lobster po’ boy, gator

po’ boy, and a traditional

shrimp po’ boy.

Fish and shrimp dinners

are paired with fries and

coleslaw, but can also be

purchased by the piece and/

or by the pound.

Again, Just Shrimp

would like to thank its customers

for their continued

support. Please keep them

in mind during this Lenten

season and for any catering

needs. They also invite their

customers to follow then on


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Ave., Tinley Park. For more information,

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Best Heating/Cooling

Dykstra Home Services

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(800) 421-3220

Best Home Builder

McMahon Custom Builders

(815) 806-9800

Best Home Improvement

The Home Depot

Multiple locations, www.homedepot.com

Best Insurance Agent

Stringham Insurance Agency, Ltd.

19646 S. Wolf Road, Mokena

(708) 479-2526

Best Interior Design

Strait-Line Decorating

(815) 485-6047

(708) 460-6010

Best Kitchen/Bath Remodeling

Tinley Park Kitchen & Bath Shoppe

17050 Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park

(708) 429-6601

Best Landscaping

Jim Melka Landscaping &

Gardening Center

11606 179th St., Mokena

(708) 349-6989

Best Law Firm

Frankfort Law Group

(multiple locations)

10075 W. Lincoln Highway, Frankfort

(708) 349-9333

Best Lawn Care

Lawn-Tech Ltd.

7320 Duvan Drive, Tinley Park

(708) 532-7411

Best Oil Change

Fuller’s Carwash, Detail &

Automotive Centers

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Best Pest Control

Southwest Pest Control

6 Ford Court, New Lenox

(815) 485-3750

Best Photographer

Jean Lachat Photography

11442 194th St., Mokena

(708) 296-2170

Best Plumber

Meurer & Sons Plumbing &


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(815) 838-6590

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Aqua Pools

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Best Roofing


1005 Industry Road, New Lenox

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Best Towing Company

Superior Towing

Multiple locations, www.


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Best Travel Agency

Carol’s Travel Service

7625 W. 159th St., Tinley Park

(708) 532-5450

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Best Thin Pizza




11247 W. 187th St.





9655 W. 143rd


Let Fox’s do the cooking and cleaning for you

Private party rooms available up to 160 people

Banquets for any occasion

7 days 7 nights a week

Baby Showers, Bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, communions,

baptisms, birthday parties, graduations, reunions, memorials.


Fox’s Restaurant still about

family after 50 years

Three generations from

its inception Fox’s Pizza

Restaurant and Pub is still

providing quality food

and service to residents all

over Chicago’s south side

and the surrounding suburbs.

Thomas and Therese

Fox started their restaurant

with a simple desire

to serve great food to other

families. The rich history

of the restaurant is kept

alive today by Thomas

Fox’s descendents, and

Fox’s is now a beloved

spot by residents not only

at its original location in

Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood,

9956 Western

Ave., but also in Oak

Lawn, 9240 S. Cicero Ave.

The restaurant also has a

strong tie to a key part of

Chicago’s rich history.

“In 1963, my grandpa

bought his first carry-out

store front on Walden

Parkway in Beverly,” said

Ryan Fox, general manager

of the Oak Lawn location.

“From there, he

expanded from two storefronts

to three, and then

in 1967 May Capone, Al

Capone’s sister, had a delicatessen

on Western (Avenue).

“She and my grandpa

used to trade meats and

pizzas. Eventually, she

said that she wanted to

get out of the business and

sold the building to my

grandpa — which is now

Fox’s Beverly.”

Fifty years later, Fox’s

Irish Pub still serves up everything

from tasty pizza

to classic Italian fare and

more at a fair price.

The Fox’s expanded

their family of restaurants

to open locations in Oak

Lawn in 1971, Orland

Park in 1973 and Mokena

in 2006.

Fox’s prides itself on offering

customers a familylike

atmosphere that serves

fresh, in-house-made

meals daily.

That quality is endorsed

by the regulars who return

year after year.

“I think one of the biggest

things that makes us

unique is we’re really big

on family,” said Ryan Fox,

who added, “Everything is

made fresh in house: We

make our own pizza sausage,

our own dough, and

we grind our own cheese.”

Live entertainment for

families on the weekends

also makes Fox’s Irish Pub

a go-to spot to bring the


For those who want to

bring a quality meal home,

Fox’s also has an extensive

catering menu to help take

the work out of special occasions.

Its catering menu offers

Italian food with an American

influence and includes

everything from salads and

pasta to hamburgers.

“I’m proud of what my

family has accomplished,”

Ryan Fox said of the family

business. “I like making

people happy when they

come in.”

Submitted by Fox’s Irish

Pub, which has three locations:

9956 Western Ave. in

Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood;

9655 W. 143rd St. in

Orland Park; and 11247 W.

187th St. in Mokena,. For

more information, including

hours and menus, visit www.


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Lawn-Tech Ltd. wins Best Lawn Care for fifth year

Emagine Entertainment

Frankfort wins Best

Movie Theater

Emagine Entertainment’s

affiliates own and operate

luxury theatres in Michigan,

Illinois and Wisconsin.

Emagine operates theaters

with a combined 12,600

seats and 128 screens. They

are recognized as an innovator

in the theatrical exhibition

industry and has led the

way on bringing a luxury

experience to their theaters.

Emagine Entertainment is

proud of its excellent leadership

team dedicated to

maintaining the highest

standard of customer service

and a fastidious attention to

cleanliness in its theaters.

Emagine’s management has

established themselves as

recognized leaders in quality

and in providing their

guests with the best possible

movie-going experience.

Submitted by Emagine Entertainment,

19965 S. LaGrange

Road, Frankfort. For more

information, call (779) 216-

5200 or visit www.emagineentertainment.com.

Lawn-Tech Ltd. is a 36-year-old

business owned by the Spence family,

based in Tinley Park. Lawn-Tech

is not a franchise or subsidiary of another

company. It specializes in the

custom application of plant foods

and pesticides to lawns, and or trees

and shrubs, and currently cares for

close to 13,000 properties in the

southwest suburban area with 30 service


Many people think lawn care

companies are all alike, and to some

extent that’s true, however, the differences

between Lawn-Tech and

the others are why they have had

continued manageable growth. They

are proud to have won the Southwest

Choice Award five years in a row for

best lawn care company and have

experienced these satisfying results

in spite of the continuous competitive

pressures typical of the modern

day marketplace. They must be doing

something right.

Lawn-Tech uses granular fertilizer

and liquid weed controls year-round.

5-TIME winner

The fertilizer contains controlled

release nitrogen all year to give the

lawn a more even feeding over the

entire application period, and to reduce

burn potential in hot dry weather.

Lawn-Tech feels 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” potential.

Optional services include preventive

grub control, core aeration, preventive

and curative insect and disease

control, and control of weeds in

landscape beds. They offer flexible

programs based on the customer’s

expectations and finances. Customers

receive newsletters when the

lawn is serviced that discuss common

seasonal problems the lawn may

be experiencing, as well as guidelines

on how to do their maintenance

activities correctly. Lawn-Tech also

offers tree and shrub fertilization,

treatment for insect and disease suppression,

and specialty programs for

plant specific problems.

Lawn-Tech services residential

lawns as well as businesses, school

districts, and athletic fields. For a no

cost, no obligation quote for lawn or

landscape needs, or to receive a 10%

discount off a core aeration, contact

Lawn-Tech at (708)-532-7411.

Submitted by Lawn-Tech, 7320 Duvan

Drive, Tinley Park. For more information,

call (708) 532-7411 or visit www.


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TP Convention Center

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vision, style into wedding day

For couples who are newly

engaged choosing their

wedding venue is one of

the biggest decisions they’ll

make during the planning

process. The Tinley Park

Convention Center encourages

couples to look no

further – special events are

what they do. Their staff of

highly experienced event

professionals have years of

expertise and a passion for

making every detail of the

couple’s special day just as

they dreamed it would be.

The Tinley Park Convention

Center is a modern hotel

wedding venue in Tinley

Park. Their venue is conveniently

located 30 miles

south of downtown Chicago.

Known for its simple

and timeless beauty, this is

an ideal wedding destination

for couples and their

guests to enjoy all weekend


It’s far too important to

settle for anything less than

wonderful. At the Tinley

Park Convention Center,

they strive to provide the

perfect environment for the

couple’s special day. They


From Page 39

Best Windows/Doors

Schaaf Window Company

18445 Thompson Court, Tinley Park

(708) 342-0900

Best Windows/Doors

Squeegee Squad

(815) 281-3149


Best Antiques

Mabel’s Market

307 Canal St., Lemont

(630) 257-0901

Best Appliance Store

Grand Appliance and TV

14740 S. La Grange Road, Orland Park

(708) 942-3740

have elegant and spacious

ballrooms, exquisite catering

at reasonable prices, and

convenient adjacent accommodations

with an onsite

bar and grill. Their all-inclusive

packages give couples

a one-stop shop that takes

all the stress out of planning

their big day. Their awardwinning

chef and culinary

team are unrivaled, providing

couples the flexibility to

serve them and their guests

an array of delicious dining

options. Choose from hot

and cold hors d’oeuvres,

single and duo entree plates,

and an abundant variety of

wines and spirits. When

planning for a wedding, the

most important thing is to

have someone to reach out

to and communicate with.

The Tinley Park Convention

Center staff understands a

client’s concerns and feel

that this is where they excel.

Couples will have access to

their personal coordinator

throughout the whole planning

process including their

big day. Whether it is for

vendor recommendations or

a simple opinion on décor,

Best Boutique

The Dressing Room

11269 W. 159th St., Orland Park

(708) 737-7467

9645 Lincolnway Lane, Suite 115, Frankfort

(779) 324-5763

Best Consignment Shop

Evilena’s Red Dresser

20887 S. La Grange Road, Frankfort

(815) 464-2668

Best Furniture Store

Darvin Furniture

15400 S. La Grange Road, Orland Park

(708) 460-4100

Best Garden Center or Nursery

Alsip Home & Nursery

(multiple locations)

20601 S. La Grange Road, Frankfort

(815) 469-1044

they are here for the couple

every step of the way.

They also believe every

wedding should be as

unique as the couple for

whom they celebrate. That

is why they don’t just watch

the trends – they create

them. Join the many brides

the Tinley Park Convention

Center has helped to

achieve their dream vision

without “breaking the

bank.” The end result is a

spectacular wedding that

will “wow” guests and create

everlasting memories.

Don’t miss out on that

dream date - the center is

now booking for 2021.

For more information or to

schedule a tour, call (708)

345-5485 or visit www.tin



Submitted by the Tinley Park

Convention Center, 18451

Convention Center, Tinley

Park. For more information,

call (708) 345-5485 or visit



Best Grocery Store


(multiple locations) jewelosco.com

Best Health Food Store

Health Nutz Natural Foods

19844 S. La Grange Road, Mokena

(708) 479-7578

Best Jewelry Store

Distinctive Gold Jewelry

19991 S. La Grange Road, Frankfort

(815) 469-2929

Best Liquor Store

Kenwood Liquors

(multiple locations)

12037 W. 159th St., Homer Glen

(708) 590-8210

Best Thrift Store

The Bridge Thrift Store

15605 71st Court, Orland Park

(708) 614-6972

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Joey’s Red Hots & Joey’s Pizzaria

ORLAND PARK, IL • (708) 478-6200

17400 Wolf Road Orland Park, IL 60467



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



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Distinctive Gold Jewelry wins Best

Jewelry Store for fifth time

5-TIME winner

Distinctive Gold Jewelry

in Frankfort has been

a family-owned jewelry

store since inception. The

D’Ortenzio family has had

a long standing relationship

with the Frankfort

area community for many

years and continues to offer

exquisite service that

customers cannot get at

any other jewelry store.

Distinctive Gold has received

huge support from

the Frankfort community,

and they appreciate their


Distinctive Gold Jewelry

has been a full-service

jewelry store since 1974,

but customers can find

more than just jewelry

there. Customers will find

a friendly smile and an

experienced staff to help

guide them through all of

their needs. Whether they

are looking for custommade

jewelry, a unique

gift, or just the right engagement

ring to pop the

question with, Distinctive

Gold Jewelry’s expert staff

can help them find that

special selection. Over

their history, Distinctive

Gold Jewelry has built

long-standing relationships

with its customers.

Customers know Distinctive

Gold Jewelry values

their business. They trust

Distinctive Gold Jewelry

to be the source for a fine

assortment of jewelry from

loose diamonds, watches,

engagement rings, bracelets,

earrings and more.

Being a full-service

jewelry store, Distinctive

Gold Jewelry is able to

service and return customer’s

jewelry with less of a

hassle and with a precise

touch. Unlike other jewelry

stores, they provide

the Frankfort community a

unique and hands-on experience

with their jewelry.

Whether it is a custommade

diamond ring or

just a jewelry repair and

service, Distinctive Gold

Jewelry promises phenomenal

products and repairs

from their on-site goldsmith,

metalsmith and gem


Customers will find

great deals on all of their

jewelry, including loose

diamonds, remounts, and

custom made jewelry. For

those moments that require

astute tastes, customers

can choose from major designers,

such as Kabana,

Freida Rothman, Martin

Flyer, Lorenzo, Chamilia

and Kameleon Jewelry.

Distinctive Gold Jewelry

is open 10 a.m.-5

p.m. Monday, Tuesday

and Friday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Wednesday and Thursday

and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

They are closed on


Submitted by Distinctive

Gold Jewelry, 19991 S.

LaGrange Road, Frankfort.

For more information, call

(815) 469-2929 or visit www.


Buy from

the Best

5-TIME winner

19991 S. LaGrange Rd. Frankfort, IL 60423 | 815.469.2929 | www.distinctivegold.com

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Evilena’s Red Dresser

thankful for 5-time win for

Best Consignment Shop

“It is an honor to receive

this award and am extremely

thankful for the support

of the community. I am so

grateful for all of our customers

and consignors, for

without them we don’t have

a store,” said Janice Sabey,

owner of Evilena’s Red


Evilena’s has been the

Southwest Choice Award

winner for Best Consignment

Shop in 2016, 2017,

2018, 2019 and 2020.

Evilena’s has been in

business for 10 1/2 years,

and recently celebrated two

years since expanding into

the old Starbucks location.

Sabey said her store manager

had the idea to flip the

store and put the women’s

boutique in the Starbucks

space, and the furniture in

the main entry space. They

are encouraging customers

to come and check out the

new layout.

“We like to say we have

departments now, and hope

it is easier to shop,” Sabey


Consignment stores give

consumers a unique shopping

experience because

the inventory is constantly

changing. Shopping consignment

can be a great way

to decorate or stage a home

on a tight budget using a

little creativity and imagination.

“Our interior stylist, Denise

Lough, The Room Designer,

is proof of this, as we

call her the miracle worker,

having the ability to take

items from every era and

make it pleasing to the eye,”

Sabey said.

Stop in to chat with her

from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on

most Thursdays.

“We at Evilena’s are constantly

trying to keep things

fresh and improve on processes

to make shopping

and consigning the best

experience possible for our

customers,” Sabey said.

Evilena’s recently added

a line of quality, affordable,

handmade dining and

accent tables from Mike

Drozd of Grandview Woodworking.

Custom sizes and

styles are available for order.

On Fridays, customers

can meet “fashion diva”

Maureen Kocsis with Decorate

Me AgeAmazing, and

receive help for personal

fashion ideas.

Consigning is a proven

method to generate cash

from possessions. Evilena’s

gives careful consideration

to the merchandise they accept.

Because Evilena’s is

a consignment store, 40%

of all sales go back into

the hands of the consignor.

Currently, some consignors

save their earnings and

wait to cash out for Christmas

money. Some wait for

a large furniture purchase,

while others use it solely for

in store credit for this and

that while others cash out


With the many avenues

for buying and selling online,

Evilena’s started an

online store as well. Place an

order online and choose to

pick up in the store or have it

shipped. To shop, visit shop.


Customers can also check

the Evilena’s website for

a list of classes and events

such as, Farmhouse Paint

Classes, a Vision Board

Class, the annual Garden

Walk and more.

A unique feature of the

store is that Bibles are a free

gift, located in the prayer

corner. Prayers may be left

in the box at any time and

are prayed over weekly,

often by Sabey’s husband,


“There is a lot going on

in people’s lives day to

day, and we just want to be

an uplifting place to come

into,” Sabey said. “Although

shopping online is

a tremendous convenience,

we love the many relationships

built over the years,

and adore making the store

a place of inspiration in so

many ways.”

Evilena’s Red Dresser

also gives back to local organizations

such as LWS-

RA, Heavenly Brothers,

The Conservation Foundation

and others, with the

hope of inspiring or informing

others about these beneficial

local organizations as


Evilena’s mission is to

help people through transition,

through the process

of consigning, buying and

selling unique items, while

displaying them creatively

to inspire the savvy shopper.

Connect with Evilena’s

Red Dresser on Facebook,

Instagram or shop.evilenasreddresser.com.


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

Tuesday, Wednesday

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

Thursday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday; and closed Sundays.

Submitted by Evilena’s Red

Dresser, 20887 S. LaGrange

Road, Frankfort. For more

information, call (815) 464-

2668 or visit www.evile


Evilena’s Red Dresser was voted

favorite Consignment Shop for

Southwest Choice Awards for 5 Years!

5-TIME winner

10% off

your purchase with us

expiration date 5/31/2020

Mon-Wed, Fri 10:00a.m. – 6:00p.m.Thursday: 10:00a.m. – 8:00p.m.

Saturday 10:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. Closed Sunday

20887 S. LaGrange Road

Frankfort, IL 60423 • 815.464.2668

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Capri Beauty College celebrates diamond anniversary

Capri Beauty College

has served the community

since 1960 and sincerely

thanks 22nd Century Media

readers once again, for

voting Capri Beauty College

as the Best Beauty

School in the 2020 Southwest

Choice Awards. This

is the fifth consecutive win

for Capri and coincides

with the college’s Diamond

Anniversary, celebrating

60 years in cosmetology

education from


“It’s particularly important

to me to focus this diamond

anniversary on the

people who made Capri

a pillar of the community

and that includes our faculty,

administrators, current

students, alumni, and

our loyal clientele,” said

Amy Ruff, college president.

“One day of celebration

just isn’t enough, so

we are planning four celebratory

days in honor of

this milestone.”

The celebration kicks

off April 1 with a ceremonial

cake and diamondinspired

atmosphere and

closes April 4 with a

1960s-themed fashion and

hair contest with luncheon

for students. In between

days include a “good humor”

teacher and staff appreciation

day, and raffle

prizes – thermal styling

brushes for students and

four $60 service gift certificates

for clients. Additionally,

all customers will

receive an appreciation

gift during the week (while

supplies last) as well as

60% off select services.

For those who have

never visited Capri Beauty

College, their 60th Anniversary

Week will be a fun

time to stop in and see what

they have to offer. Students

considering a career

change or the opportunity

to fulfill a lifetime dream

of becoming a salon stylist

can visit the College’s

admission department and

receive a personalized plan

for starting their education.

Clients will find a variety

of affordably priced

hair, skin and nail services

when they step inside Capri’s

supervised student

salon and spa.

Planning a visit in the

future? During homecoming

and prom season, Capri

is packed with students

getting that perfect special

occasion style, and on

weekends clients may see

their younger clients celebrating

a birthday with

Capri’s Birthday Party

Package. Also, during the

month of October, clients

may enjoy their “Passionately

Pink” atmosphere

while the College raises

awareness and funds in

support of American Cancer

Society. Monthly specials

and service coupons

are available online at capri.edu,

including 25% off

any service every day for

military and first responders

along with discounts

for senior citizens and high

school students. There is

something for everyone.

Submitted by Capri Beauty

College, 15815-25 Rob Roy

Drive, Oak Forest, and 1938

E. Lincoln Highway, New

Lenox. For more information,

call (708) 687-3020

or (815) 485-3020, or visit



APRIL 1 ST - APRIL 4TH, 2020

Anniversary Special!


Anniversary Treat!

5-TIME winner

% Off Services


• Hair Cut & Blow Dry

• Blow Dry / Iron Style

• Roller Set

• Spa Manicure

60 th Jubilee Gift

with every service visit



2016, 2017, 2018 2019, 2020

Anniversary Raffles!







Gift Card

for Clients. Two per Campus

Thermal Brush

for Students. One per Campus

Thermal Brush

for Alumni. One per Campus

Celebrate at both locations!


81 S·48S·3020

1938 E. Lincoln Highwoy



15815-25 Rob Roy Drive

All services performed in our supervised student salon and spa.

Jubilee gilt available while supplies last; one per customer per day.

Service specials cannot be combined with any other discount. Raffle prizes:

No purchase necessary. Raffle tickets available on campus, one per person.

Winning name(s) drawn an 4.4.20@ 3pm. View deatils here: http://capri.edu/news/

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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 five

years in a row.

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

and travel trailers.

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

damage repair, including

sidewall replacements,

cab-over and roof

rebuilds and replacements,

and aluminum siding and

windshield replacements.

At Terry’s RV Center, all

estimates are free.

Whether a customer was

in an accident on the road,

or just happened to bump

into one of those pesky

cement blocks at the gas

station, trust Terry’s RV

to make the unit like new

again. The bottom line is,

they know RVs. So if a

customer needs work performed,

bring it to the pros

at Terry’s RV Center.

Terry’s RV Center is

conveniently located

off Interstate 80 and La-

Grange Road in Frankfort.

Turn the next road trip into

a real adventure at Terry’s

RV Center.

Submitted by Terry’s RV

Center, 20450 S. LaGrange

Road, Frankfort. For more

information, call (815) 464-

7510 or visit www.terrysrv.


The Area’s Premier

Motorhome &RVStore

• Class ADiesel &Gas

• Class CUnites for Under $399/mo.

• Travel Trailers for Under $150/mo.

• Huge Selection of Parts &Accessories

at Terry’s RVCenter!

Choose From The Area’s Largest Selection Of

RV’s, Motorhomes And

Travel Trailers From:

Thank you for voting us the


in the Southwest Suburbs

5 years in a Row!!!

Escape the Everyday!

Ask About Our RV Rentals

• Family Road Trip

• Great for Tailgating

• Summer Vacation

5-TIME winner

20450 S. LaGrange Rd, Frankfort IL

815-464-7510 • TerrysRV.net

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

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• Weekly housekeeping

• Utilities

• Library, chapel, café, beauty/barber shop

• Walking distance to Tinley Park shops & restaurants

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