NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

After serving Bay View for 20 years, Rosalba and Calogero Canfora wept when they closed their bakery for the final time in August last year. “It was the most difficult thing I had to do,” Calogero said. “It was very, very difficult to give it up. I cried and she did too.” Rosalba nodded solemnly. Although they agreed it was time to retire, after op...

Alfred John “A.J.” Capelli, a cherished family physician to many Kenosha residents, died unexpectedly Sunday at Kenosha Medical Center. He was 68. “We are deeply saddened by the sudden, unexpected passing of Dr. A. J. Capelli, a respected and valued Aurora physician and caregiver who made significant contributions to both our community and hospital...

An advertisement in the window of a River North marketplace has garnered some criticism over what some believe is an offensive message about Italians. In one of the storefront windows of Eataly Chicago, a large sign features a photo of white truffles with the slogan: “BRING HOME AN ITALIAN, WORTH THE SMELL.” The advertisement continues with smaller...

Umberto P. Fedeli plays to win. It doesn’t matter if he’s functioning as president and CEO at The Fedeli Group, as a board member at the Cleveland Clinic or as a trusted confidant who has been asked by a friend for help. It’s the way he approaches every facet of his life. “It’s ultimately about performance,” Fedeli says. “I have no interest in gett...

The Heartland Festival Orchestra presents “New Year’s Greeting — That’s Amore” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at Five Points Washington. It is the orchestra’s tradition to welcome the New Year with its signature “New Year’s Greeting,” one of its most festive and popular concerts of the season. This year, the concert includes a variety of musical st...

Sandra Colombo of Herrin has a new title: Cavaliere. Colombo received the Cavaliere Fiocco di Nastro on Dec. 11 from Counsul General Giuseppe Finocchiaro at the Italian Consulate in Chicago. The award Knight of the Order of Merit of the Republic, or Cavaliere Fiocco de Nastro, was given to as a reward for service to Italy.  Colombo wrote a short...

There are two types of beer drinkers: Those who opt for artisanal craft beers and those who pick Bud Light. It turns out coffee drinking isn't much different. Jackson's newest coffee shop is Vito's Espresso, 2615 Wildwood Ave., which opened its third-wave coffee shop on Dec. 1. Owner Vic Schiro likens third-wave coffee to draft beer - where consume...

For many people, I think, there is a small part of us that wishes we were born at a different time. Some wish they were born in the Roaring Twenties. Some love the "doo wop" era of the 1950s. Some dream of being around in Medieval times, the Old West or in the Big Band era of the 1940s. I personally wanted to be around during the prehistoric times...

Piercing winds and arctic temperatures make it official: We’re in the thick of winter. But Backyard Bocce promises to transport you to summer days of cookouts and warm weather get-togethers. Opened in September, the 2,900-square-foot Flats East Bank oasis features three turfed courts and activities such as giant Connect 4 and Skee Ball to play whil...

Little Italy is one of Cleveland’s most popular neighborhoods. With all the culture and excitement, it is the perfect place for a restaurant like Nora. Nora is a mid-range Italian spot that locals have been falling in love with since it opened it doors in 2016. It does face a bit of competition due to the number of Italian cuisine options within th...

Chicago attorney Antonio Romanucci was recently welcomed into the ranks of The John Marshall Law School Board of Trustees. An alumnus of John Marshall, Romanucci joins a distinguished group of jurists who dedicate their time and resources to bettering the school and its students. “I’ve benefited enormously from my education at John Marshall and I’m...

The arch of the Italian Hall serves as a reminder of the tragedy that took place in 1913, where 73 people were trampled to death during a Christmas Eve party, 59 of them children. An independent committee has spearheaded efforts to build a monument for the fallen at the Memorial Park. "There is a plan to erect a monument here at the Italian Hall si...