NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

Casa Italia will depart from its Man of the Year format this year, focusing the spotlight on Italian-American organizations at its 48th annual gala. The event will take place on May 5 at Alta Villa Banquets in Addison. “The Chicago area is blessed with more than six dozen groups that preserve our precious traditions and culture,” says Casa Chairman...

The Chicagoland Italian American Charitable Organization will honor Remo Turano as Humanitarian of the Year at its Honor & Hope Gala on April 28 at the Medinah Shrine Center in Addison. More than a dozen scholarships will be presented at the event, along with donations to a wounded veteran and other worthy causes. To participate, visit http://www.c...

Rosa Lappano said Guerin College Preparatory High School holds special meaning to her, especially around St. Joseph's Day. Lappano said she's a Guerin graduate and an Italian immigrant. "I want the traditions to continue from when I went to Guerin," she said. Lappano, along with Guerin students, alumni and friends, attended their annual St. Joseph'...

The latest batch of acquisitions announced by the Cleveland Museum of Art is relatively small - only five objects. But several of the works involved should have an immediate impact when they go on view this week.A new exhibition opening Saturday at the museum focusing  on five years' worth of recent acquisitions will include the freshly acquired 17...

A new delivery-only restaurant is coming to Edwardsville and Glen Carbon. Wang Gang Asian Eats owner Ryan O’Day will be opening Primo’s Italian Garage in late April. The eatery will serve local customers and cater to St. Louis area customers. O’Day said if the delivery-only concept is successful, he may look into setting up shop in other surroundin...

Happening this weekend: A celebration of Italian heritage in Indianapolis. The Saint Joseph Table Dinner fundraiser for the Italian Heritage Society of Indiana is set to take place. The annual dinner is a fundraiser for not only the society but also for Holy Rosary Church on East Street in Indianapolis. Saint Joseph Day is March 19, usually during...

It’s a difficult decision, but Nonne made it easy on her family. Back in the day, Maria Cerroni — known affectionately by her extended family as “Nonne (no-knee)” — drove her sons, Andy and Pat, home from football and basketball practices at Johnson Creek High School. When they went into coaching and had families, she drove long distances to watch...

The Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Feast Committee will kick off its landmark 125th annual feast by honoring all the candlehouses and religious groups on April 21 at Elmcrest Banquets in Elmwood Park. Caliendo’s Banda Napoletana will receive the Fr. Benjamin Franch Biretta Award at the event. Cocktails will be served at 6:30 p.m., awards will be presented...

Fourteen years ago, Salvatore and Briana Cardone were living paycheck to paycheck when they won $40,000 on a scratch-off lottery ticket. That could only mean one thing to the self-taught culinary couple. They could finally open the restaurant they'd been dreaming about since the day they met six years earlier. "One of the first questions Sal asked...

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville non-credit Italian instructor, Barbara Klein, has received one of the Italian Government’s highest honors, the Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy, for her work as president and founder of the Italian Film Festival USA, the largest festival dedicated to Italian film in the U.S. “When I began a series o...

Chicago Opera Theater (COT) presents "Il Pigmalione" & "Rita," a double-bill that spans the life and career of one of opera's premier Bel Cantocomposers, Gaetano Donizetti. The two works will be woven together to create a cohesive theatrical production featuring the talents of Javier Abreu (Pigmalione/Beppe), Angela Mortellaro (Galatea/Rita) and Ke...

Out of the corner of my eye I spied one of the city's top chefs walk into the restaurant and grab a seat at the bar. She was joined by a former restaurant-industry magazine editor. Across the dining room, in a dimly lit corner, a Cleveland city council member was enjoying a quiet meal with a friend. All around the room, in fact, small clutches of p...