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The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans will present Chicago Cubs executive Michael Lufrano with its prestigious Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Humanitarian Award at a gala on June 17 at the Loews Hotel in Rosemont. “During his 12-year tenure with the world champion Chicago Cubs, Mr. Lufrano has built strong bonds of trust with the community and...

Festa Italiana, presented by Calypso Lemonades, is bringing back its spring ticket deal and encourages festivalgoers to purchase their discounted ticket to Italian food, entertainment and fun April 17-23, 2017.  The popular $7 for 7 Days Spring Fever Ticket Deal is available online only at http://festaitaliana.com/tickets. Running for 7 days during...

Comitato Tricolore Italiani nel Mondo will host its eighth annual Festa della Repubblica on May 28 at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii in Chicago. The event celebrates the birth of the Italian republic, and it bears the distinction of being the only such celebration outside of Italy to feature a parade through the streets. Festivities will begin w...

Maserati is planning to move its North American headquarters from New Jersey to a former corporate auto museum outside Detroit later this year so that it can be closer to its parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Maserati became affiliated with Chrysler when Fiat acquired a controlling stake in the automaker in 2009. Despite that affiliation,...

At a recent awards banquet, Judie Vitiritti-Lynch was so engaged in talking to her former students that she didn’t hear the emcee announce her name. A colleague prompted her to walk up to the podium, because she had won the Italian Consulate in Chicago’s first-ever Midwest Award for Leadership in the Teaching of the Italian Language and Culture. “I...

Three Chicago eateries landed on a well-respected list of the top 50 Italian restaurants in America. Balena, Davanti Enoteca and Spiaggia all earned spots on The Daily Meal’s 2017 ranking of America’s 50 Best Italian Restaurants, which was released last week. Coming in at No. 39, Balena, 1633 N. Halsted St., is a "Chicago-must visit," according to...

La Lanterna will open on Wednesday in downtown Detroit's Capitol Park. As we reported last month, the restaurant is an undertaking of the Barbieri family’s second, third, and fourth generations, and an homage to their father, grandfather, and great grandfather, Edoardo Barbieri, who launched the venerable Da Edoardo restaurant group. He also ran th...

The Perry County Cultural Arts Center is holding an Italian Festival on Friday April 28, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. and Saturday April 29, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. at the Calvary Arts Center, 447 S. Main Street, New Lexington, Ohio 43764 Friday, April 28. 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Italian cooking competition and public tasting. 7:00 p.m....

April 21, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Casa Italia - Ballroom. 1621 N. 39th Avenue. Stone Park IL 60165 Director Gia Amella will be on hand to celebrate the 10th anniversary of this sweeping documentary that explores the community's many contributions to the Windy City from the 1850s to the present. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and screenings begin prompt...

Ladies and gentlemen, introducing one of professional boxing’s most respected stars outside of the ring. From Chicago, the only Italian-American professional boxing judge in the state of Illinois, always in the neutral corner, is Mauro DiFiore. DiFiore never steps into the ring and he must always maintain strict neutrality. His skills and 50 years...

Filomena Magrone will celebrate her 100th birthday this month surrounded by family and friends. She was born on May 14, 1917, in Carbonara, Bari, Puglia, to Nicola and Cecilia Muschio. In 1934, Gaetano Magrone began rounding up friends who could play musical instruments and showing up in front of her house to serenade her. They were married the nex...

John Idler, president and general manager of ABC7 Chicago, and Alison Pure-Slovin, Midwest director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, will be honored at the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans’ annual media luncheon on May 18. Idler will be given the Dante Award, which is bestowed on a member of the media who lives up to Dante Alighieri’s call...