NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

The Franklin Park salumeria that taught Chicago how to pronounce the spicy spreadable Calabrian sausage known as "'nduja" is opening an Italian restaurant, deli and shop in West Town. Tempesta Market, from the father-son duo behind 'Nduja Artisans, will debut in early or midsummer at 1372 W. Grand Ave. "We needed a place to showcase our products wh...

When: Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM (CDT) - Where: Italian Cultural Institute, 500 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1450, Chicago, IL 60611 For thousands of years the Mediterranean Sea has been an integral part of life for peoples overlooking it: both a division and a means of encounter. Nowadays it hasn't lost its unique characteristic, se...

For the seventh consecutive year, Navy Pier will proudly host Neighborhoods of the World, a free seven-week series that celebrates the rich tapestry of Chicago’s diverse communities. (navypier.com/neighborhoods-world) Under the auspices of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, the culture, food and cra...

A new Italian deli cafe in the heart of Downtown Detroit is set to open next month. La Pecora Nera, which translates to "The Black Sheep," is set to open its doors in mid-March.  "It's been a lifelong dream of mine," said co-owner Zach Kostegian. "To have my own place, and to be in the city. I love Detroit. It's home." The deli cafe is from the bra...

The Italian American Executives of Transportation held their 2016 Dinner Dance at Alta Villa Banquets on Nov. 19. More than 500 were in attendance, making it was once again one of the largest dinner dances of the year. The IAET honored Sam Cicinelli as Man of the Year. Sam is the leader of the largest mechanics’ union in the country. An IAET member...

The 2017 Dante/Mazzei Awards – Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Galleria Marchetti. Each year, the Human Relations Committee presents the coveted Dante Award to a member of the local news media who has answered Dante Alighieri’s call to be “no timid friend to truth.” Past recipients have been Irv Kupcinet, John Madigan, Hugh Hill, Dick Kay, Joan Esposito,...

The Polenta Bar takes the assembly-line/fast-casual concept and spins it with a fresh Northern Italian twist. The polenta-focused restaurant opens on Thursday at 1002 W. Lake St. It’s a novel idea that looks like a unique meal option in the West Loop, which is slated to be open for lunch and dinner. Ownership touts their polenta machines that are i...

On March 7, 1974, the Monastero family sponsored a small contest at their popular Chicago restaurant for voice students from Northwestern University. More than four decades later, the Bel Canto vocal competition has blossomed into a multi-night extravaganza involving dozens of singers and featuring more than $40,000 in prizes. This year’s competiti...

Italian bluesman and maverick pop star Zucchero knows how to put together an album: Work with a legendary producer, write and perform with top rock and blues players, crank out 40 vibrant songs, and then whittle it down to the strongest 15 (Page 21). Built on a lifetime of writing, playing and troublemaking, “Black Cat” features the artist’s tradem...

The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans announces its 2017 scholarship applications. Please click here for details. In 2016 the JCCIA set up an earthquake relief fund to help the victims and rescue efforts in Amatrice, Italy. In December the JCCIA sent more than $36,000 to the City of Amatrice. Thanks to Chairman Ed Burke and Alderman Marge...

The Italian American Cultural Club is planning “an evening of fun” as its welcomes the public to attend its “April Fool’s Italian Style” or in Italian that’s “Pese d’Aprile.” The March 31 fundraiser begins at 6 p.m. at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville with “a deluxe Lenten buffet and cash bar” and the humor of Chuck Mignenelli from the Pittsburgh C...

Anthony Langone has stepped up to the plate for a second two-year term as president of the Italian American Police Association. A member for since 1983, he previously served as vice president and chairman of the board as well as president. Tony is the eldest of four sons of Louis and Betty Langone. He has lived his entire life in the Taylor Street...