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There were not many jobs around town when Tony Lombardo got back from the Army in the early 1950s. Lombardo took great pride in serving his country. But amid a stubborn, deep recession that gripped it, there was not much a young man could do to make a living. "So, a friend of mine says, 'Tony, why don't you go to barber school.'" Lombardo said to...

L’Ambasciatore d’Italia Armando Varricchio, accompagnato dal Console Generale Giuseppe Finocchiaro, ha compiuto una visita a Chicago per assistere, giovedì 21 febbraio, alla prima del concerto della Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) che ha suonato, in commemorazione del 75° anniversario dell’eccidio delle Fosse Ardeatine, la 9° Sinfonia del composit...

The University of Notre Dame on Thursday announced the formation of a committee of 13 individuals who will help advise on the display of the Christopher Columbus mural images that line corridor walls in the Main Building. The Rev. John I. Jenkins, Notre Dame’s president, in January announced he had decided the university will cover the painted mur...

The longtime owner of a Redford Township staple has passed away. Silvio Luigi Barile Sr., an Italian immigrant whose family moved to America in 1954, died last week at the age of 80. Silvio was born in Ausonia, Italy in 1938. After his family moved to the United States, Silvio used his longtime baking skills to open a pizzeria and bakery on Plymout...

When Katie Parla set out to study art history in Italy, she found herself far more interested in food and wine. A New Jersey native who grew up in a restaurant family, she thought she knew Italian food until she moved there. She’s spent the past 16 years exploring the cuisines, living in Rome and pursuing recipes from chefs and grandmothers alike....

The University of Notre Dame's decision to cover murals that commemorate the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the New World, can readily be debated as a point of history about an Italian navigator whose genius and grit changed mankind forever…and ultimately for the better.  Instead, let’s look at the murals as art.  Art, it seems, is more sacred...

Celebrating 41 years of Italian Americans in sports, the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame hosted its annual star-studded Induction and awards gala on Nov. 3 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. With 700 guests on hand, the NIASHF welcomed the all-star class of 2018, which included Rocco B. Commisso, owner and chairman of the New York Cosmos;...

Once the center of the windy city’s Italian American community, Little Italy Chicago is still home to some of the city’s best Italian restaurants and bars. Its close proximity to the University of Illinois at Chicago has also dubbed the area University Village, but its Italian American history holds fast. The area on the near west side of Chicago i...

Roselle contractor Stuart Caravello stepped up to the presidency of the Columbian Club of Chicago at its annual installation gala. Joining him as 2019 officers are First Vice President Mark Corrado, Second Vice President Michael Russotto, Third Vice President John Curry, Secretary Vic Guerrieri, Treasurer Carmen Forte Jr. and Sergeant-at-Arms Chris...

Community leaders turned out in force on Dec. 13 at Venuti’s in Addison to ring in the holidays and oversee the changing of the guard at the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans. Outgoing president Enza Raineri passed the gavel to Sergio Giangrande at a festive event filled with camaraderie, acknowledgements and honors. Cook County Circuit Co...

When: Tuesday, March 5, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM - Where: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago This series of lectures, "Sport, Spectacle, and Games under the Roman Empire", by Professor Sinclair Bell, will look at the different ways in which sport and spectacle permeated the society and culture of the ancient Roman Empire (ca. 1-200 CE). The...

Cleveland comedian Tammy Pescatelli will perform at the Renaissance Theatre for one night only on Feb. 16, 2019 at 8 p.m. Joined by comedians Rocky LaPorte and Josh Sneed, this is one night of guaranteed laughter. The event is part of the Shaw-Ott Medical Comedy Series with additional sponsorship from Nanogate Jay Systems, LLC. Tammy Pescatelli bri...