• Mike Ptaszynski (left) and his 1968 Dodge Super Bee and Ray Atwood and his 2002 Corvette pose for a photo July 10 during the Cruisin’ into Lockport event held at Central Square. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

    Central Square becomes car country during Cruisin’ into Lockport

    July 18, 2017 By Laurie Fanelli, Freelance Reporter News
    Classic cars, country music, farm fresh produce and family fun united to make the July 10 edition of Cruisin’ into Lockport a delightful event for all in attendance. The spotty showers in the forecast deterred some vintage auto owners from coming out for the event, but those who gambled on good weather found themselves enjoying a beautiful night in Central Square.
  • Artist John Siblik (right) places a 2x4 beneath “The Rainbow Bridge” Saturday, July 15, to help support the sculpture as Lockport resident Darren Deskin looks on. Photos by Jason Maholy/22nd Century Media

    Plein Air program brings art to I&M Canal

    July 18, 2017 By Jason Maholy, Freelance Reporter Life & Arts
    An artist’s vision of a project does not always come together as it appears in the mind’s eye. That doesn’t mean the endeavor was a failure. Part of art’s beauty is that a work can be a living, breathing and evolving entity that takes on an identity of its own, rather than the identity the artist had conceptually bestowed upon it.
  • Josh Bentley (right) high-fives CJ Weins (34) as he reaches home plate to score a run during Lockport’s game against Lemont July 11 in the first round of the Lockport Regional of the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association State Tournament. Photos Erin Redmond/22nd Century Media

    Baseball: Optimism aplenty as Porters close out summer season

    July 17, 2017 By Randy Whalen, Freelance Reporter Sports, High School
    It was nearly 11 p.m. on July 12 when the Lockport Township baseball team saw its summer season end. The Porters battled all game, but stranded eight runners in the last three innings and fell to upstart Lincoln-Way East 8-5 in the title game of the Lockport Regional, which was part of the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association Summer Baseball Tournament.
  • Bang bang chicken with spicy Thai peanut noodles is a featured item. Photos by Bill Jones/22nd Century Media

    The Dish: Dave & Buster’s pushes grill-style menu to ‘the next level’

    July 13, 2017 By Bill Jones, Managing Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out
    Despite Dave & Buster’s long-standing slogan to “Eat, Drink, Play (and watch Sports),” its Orland Park location has fielded bizarrely similar calls over the past five years, with many first-timers not understanding why the “Eat” is actually first in the list of the entertainment center’s offerings. “You have pizzas or something, right?”
  • More than 50 motorcycles leave Lockport as they take part in the Freedom Ride bike run to help animals at TLC Animal Shelter. The event kicked off at Jackie’s Pub in Lockport. Photos by Mary Compton/22nd Century Media

    Ride for a Paws: Bikers raise funds, awareness for animal shelter

    July 10, 2017 By Megann Horstead, Freelance Reporter News
    Every rider knows the best way to take to the streets is by motorcycle. So when an opportunity arose to embark on a motorcycle run with a pack of bikers, who all share the same goals in mind to raise funds and bring greater awareness to TLC Animal Shelter, the rest was history. TLC Animal Shelter hosted its second annual Freedom Ride Sunday, July 9, in Lockport.