NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

A long standing Italian American tradition, St. Joseph's Table, will be held Sunday, March 18. Orland Park Village Trustee Dan Calandriello will host the event at the Orland Park Civic Center, 14750 South Ravinia Ave. The event begins at 1 p.m. and ends at 3 p.m. All are welcome to attend. One of the most beloved saints among Italian-Americans, St....

When: Saturday, March 24, 2018 At 8:00 pm - Where: Gene Siskel Film Center - 164 N State Street Chica - Entrance : With fee This elegant, beautifully photographed murder mystery incorporates a strong environmental message and an inside story of the competitive Prosecco business in the Veneto region. The dashing, opinionated Count Ancillotto (Rade S...

Michaelangelo's restaurant in Little Italy turns 12 years old in May, which is as good excuse as any to re-visit this chapel of Northern Italian cuisine with its French, Swiss and Austrian influences. You know the hallmarks: Rich meats, pastas and soups made with polished techniques that retain faithful, rustic flavors. I haven't been in five years...

Recipes pulled from Batavia’s churches and Italian-American families are being revived as part of a Saint Joseph’s Feast that Main Street Pizza Company chef Jason Ball hopes becomes a renewed tradition. The downtown restaurant is set to host a full feast on Sunday and Monday, March 18 and 19, with a portion of the proceeds coming back to local chur...

Centuries ago, Sicilian villagers gathered to celebrate and share food after the end of a drought and subsequent famine. Their prayers to St. Joseph had been answered. The spirit of that gathering is at the center of plans for the annual St. Joseph's Table event in Orland Park. The event includes a free meal of pasta, salad, bread, desserts and bev...

Monday, March 19, 2018, at 6:00 pm. Entrance: Free. Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Chicago - 500 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1450 - Chicago, Illinois 60611. Author Paolo Cognetti will present his novel, "The Eight Mountains" (2018, Atria Books), Winner of the Strega Prize. An Interview in Italian and English with the Author will be conducted by Prof...

Leading Italian American studies scholar Carla Simonini, PhD, has been named the inaugural Paul and Ann Rubino Professor in Italian American Studies (IAS) in Loyola University Chicago’s College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), effective August 15, 2018. The endowed professorship was established to build a premier IAS program among only a handful of prog...

A tradition in Wellsville for more than 20 years may be coming to an end after the Sons of Italy announced the cancelation of its Italian Festival this year. On Friday, the group posted on its Facebook page saying it will not hold the event for the first time in 21 years. Sons of Italy Lodge #657 President Joe Traina cites the lack of manpower as t...

A man who has been entertaining people in the Valley for 75 years celebrated a birthday on Thursday. Frank Gallo turned 90. Friends and fans gathered at The Manor in Austintown for a birthday celebration. Gallo started his entertainment career when he was just 15, playing with the United Mine Workers band in Pennsylvania. He played nightclubs in Yo...

If sandwiches are what you're after, look no further than this new business. Called Firenze Italian Street Food, the newcomer is located at 131 N. Clinton St. (between Washington Blvd. & Randolph St.) in the West Loop. This newcomer--located in the Chicago French Market--specializes in customizable, Florence-inspired sandwiches and salads.To order,...

Cantoro Italian Market and Trattoria announced its latest restaurant will be on the grounds of the San Marino Club, in the building that once housed Tre Monti. Cantoro's owners, John and Michael Fallone, also run the flagship Cantoro Italian Market and Trattoria in Plymouth and a second market in Livonia. The new Troy restaurant will occupy 10,000...

If you've ever ventured inside Italian superstore Eataly, you know there are some seriously tough decisions to ponder. Hand-made pasta or Napoli-style pizza? Negroni or spritz? Bocconcini or burrata? On Friday, March 23, you can experience it all when Eataly opens its 60,000-square-foot store for SpringFest. The bi-annual event, which is also hoste...