NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

High school graduation is a big deal for the vast majority of people, but it wasn’t for Rockford’s Jean Cione. “She skipped it,” Cione’s sister, Linda Gillespie, said of the East High School graduation ceremony in 1946. “She took her finals, and then she left to play ball. It was spring training.” Cione was one of the very youngest of the pioneers...

Street food has been a staple of cuisines around the world for generations, and the trend has finally reached American shores. Leading the charge on behalf of the street food of Sicily is Elio Bartolotta of Elio Pizza on Fire and Elio Café. “Sicilian street food represents our tradition, our roots, our soul,” Bartolotta says. “We want to share that...

Il sapore di casa.  La cucina internazionale negli ultimi anni ha scoperto la ‘nduja e se ne è perdutamente innamorata. Celeberrima pietanza calabrese piccante, la ‘nduja nel 2016 ha ottenuto un boom soprattutto a Londra e New York. “Sta bene con tutto, dalla burrata ai crostacei alla pizza, e si abbina bene alla pasta. È come se fosse un olio picc...

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 Italian American Theater of Chicago will present world-renowned commedia dell’arte maestro Antonio Fava in a performance of “Speechless Pulcinella” from 6 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 23 in the Ballroom of the Community Center at Casa Italia in Stone Park. On his way to claim a lottery jackpot, Pulcinella is struck dumb when a black cat crosses his path....

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;...

Alfa Romeo today unveiled the limited-edition 2020 4C Spider Italia for North America, limited to only 15 vehicles. The 2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Italia offers driving enthusiasts a mid-engine design inspired by the brand's legendary racing history and represents the essential sportiness embedded in the brand's DNA. The limited-edition 4C Spider It...

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...