• Shady Oaks camper Delbert Searles, 47, smiles as he gets a temporary tattoo Sunday, July 20, during an open house at Shady Oaks Camp in Homer Glen. (Lauren Finkler/22nd Century Media)

    Community gathers at Shady Oaks’ 67th annual open house

    July 28, 2014 By Lauren Finkler, Editor News

    To the naked eye, Shady Oaks Camp may look like your average summer camp. Sure, the campgrounds at 16300 S.

  • Homer Glen native Kyle Driscoll (front), of The Fall Four, is shown at a summer pool party, recently staged for the filming of his band’s “Siren Song” music video in Homer Glen. Homer Glen native Kyle Cogan filmed the video.

    Homer Glen natives collaborate to film music video

    July 28, 2014 By Lauren Finkler, Editor Life & Arts

    It was the reunion of a lifetime.

  • Pictured is the Al’s Beef Ditka dog, the first Al’s entrée to be named after a sports figure. The Ditka dog may be ordered three ways and will be available at all Al’s locations at least until the end of July. (Rebecca Susmarski/22nd Century Media)

    ‘Putting two legends together’

    July 28, 2014 By Rebecca Susmarski, Assistant Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

    While many restaurant chains have classic Chicago hot dogs on their menus, only one competitor offers a frankfurter blessed with “the spices of Mike Ditka from the heavens.”

  • A football signed by Mike Ditka (right), a photo autographed by former Chicago Bears running back Gale Sayers (middle) and a photo signed by former Chicago Bulls point guard John Paxson were among the sports items brought to the Homer Township Public Library Monday, July 21, during the program, “What Vintage Sports Collectibles are in Your Attic?” (Lauren Finkler/22nd Century Media)

    Osacky shares appraisal estimates, wealth of knowledge

    July 28, 2014 By Lauren Finkler, Editor Sports

    Behind black-rimmed glasses and a magnifying glass, sports collectibles aficionado Michael Osacky’s keen eyes and intellect combined to examine the varied mementos before him.

  • Lockport Township High School’s Tyler Hair (25) makes a hit Tuesday, July 15, as the Porters take on Andrew, who they beat with a score of 8-0 in Lockport. The Porters fell to Sandburg in the regional semifinals the following day. (Tristan Zeier/22nd Century Media)

    Porters fall in regional semifinals

    July 21, 2014 By Randy Whalen, Staff Writer Sports, High School

    For the first two games of the baseball summer league regional last week, the Lockport Township baseball team was cruising along with the perfect blend of hitting and pitching.