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Tropical Smoothie Cafe branching out to south suburbs

by Cody Mroczka, Contributing Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

More than three decades ago, Phil and Theresa Knippen were merely co-workers at a Brown’s Chicken fast food restaurant on the South Side of Chicago.

“I was young, and it was fun,” Theresa said, “[Phil] was into the food business.”


Cooper’s Hawk brings upscale cooking, abundance of wine to New Lenox

by James Sanchez, Contributing Editor Dining Out

Cooper’s Hawk recently opened its 11th Chicago-area location in New Lenox, only 14 miles apart from its first location in Orland Park. 

Ed Hammer, general manager of the New Lenox location, said people thought it was...

Military-inspired pub showcases owner’s past

by Jacquelyn Schlabach, Assistant Editor Dining Out

A wood-crafted American flag hangs on the military-green painted wall, and beer tap handles are in the shape of 20 mm caliber rounds inside At Ease Craft Beer Pub in Homer Glen.

The owner, Nick Roppo — who served for...