NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

For decades, an ancient Roman column given to Chicago by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini has stood in Chicago’s Grant Park, but this week, the discussion of its merits and what to do with it has moved from social media and into the Chicago City Council. This morning, the Chicago Sun-Times published a story which indicates that 14th Ward Alderman...

Festa Italiana — featuring a meatball-eating contest and lots of other food — returns to Taylor Street this weekend, but with a shorter schedule then in recent years. The fest, in its 13th year, runs 5 to 10 p.m. Friday; noon to 11 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. The fest, which also features Italian dancing and music, will take over Tay...

Mama Mia, what a weekend it was in downtown Farmington last Saturday as we celebrated Italian American Day under Mediterranean blue skies, a market full of sunflowers and the "close your eyes" feeling of being in an old-world European marketplace. People came to market early, ushering in with them, the early morning warmth of a rising sun. There wa...

It’s finally here: America’s first, and highly-anticipated, pizza restaurant from acclaimed Italian pizza maker Gabriele Bonci opens in Chicago’s West Loop today. The pizzeria, called Bonci, will serve the same pizza al taglio — baked in rectangular pans and cut into slices with scissors — that has earned Bonci Anthony Bourdain’s approval, not to m...

When Patricia Galli offered to help her stay-at-home mom start her own business, her mom said “no, grazie.” “I didn’t send my daughter to college to work hard physically,” said Elsa Amidei, who is glad she changed her mind about letting Patricia join Pastificio, the Highwood take-out eatery that specializes in Northern Italian cuisine. “My daughter...

The sweet and cold mixture of Italian ice can be as refreshing as taking a dip in Lake Michigan under the sweltering summer sun. Three years ago, Brian and Jodi Tillman brought their version of this frosty culinary delight to Northwest Indiana when they opened Jodi's Italian Ice Factory in Hammond, located at 7322 Calumet Ave. The factory in Hammon...

Three days before the 690th anniversary of St. Rocco’s death, four men carried a small statue of the medieval man down the steps of St. Mary parish, across the intersection of Church Square and Pleasant Street, through a school parking lot, and onto the field of grass and woodchips that has served as an annual fairgrounds for 39 years. One hundred...

More than a dozen Toledo mayors have come and gone since 1957, but not much has changed at Inky’s Italian Food on North Detroit Avenue. Inky’s still gets all its ingredients from the same local providers that worked with the restaurant in the 1950s. The menu has not been updated in decades. Even the electric sign hanging from the roof dates back to...

Evans Automotive, Primary Aim and Midwestern Auto Group have once again teamed up to host the 12th Annual Italian Gathering. The Sunday, September 3rd event welcomes Italian motor vehicles and motorbikes of all vintages to the Wendy's International Corporate Grounds at One Dave Thomas Blvd., Dublin, OH 43017 from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Automobiles...

During the Italian Renaissance, patronage of the musical arts was a point of pride for countless aristocratic families. As Italian Americans in the Windy City, we have a proud legacy to uphold, and there is no worthier recipient of our patronage than Maestro Riccardo Muti. As Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 2010, he has burni...

Who better to kick off the Warren Italian-American Heritage Festival than a man born in Italy who has traveled there more than 250 times. “To me, Italy is and will always be the most beautiful country in the world, and Italians are the most beautiful people,” Peter D’Attoma, who runs a Munroe Falls travel agency that makes trips to Italy, told a fi...

Summer festival season is in full swing and this weekend, the scene moves to Warren’s Italian-American Festival. There will be plenty of food and games. The Bocce tournament took place Friday night, right on the Courthouse lawn. All weekend long, there will be a large Italian American Culture tent, which focuses on the Italian tradition in the area...