NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

A new shop dishing out shaved ice has opened its doors in the neighborhood. The new addition to Portage Park, called Little Lulu's Italian Ice, is located at 5035 W. Montrose Ave. The shop was established by Autumn Bastyr, a mother of twins and professional photographer, who was inspired to start developing her own treats after struggling to find h...

Fruitastic-O, which offers Italian ice and “cream ice,” held a grand opening on July 1 at Mt. Greenwood Park, 3721 W. 111th St., where it will be stationed until October. Run by owner Mike Small (second from left), of Mt. Greenwood, and his family, Fruitastic-O offers six flavors of Italian ice, including blueberry, lemon, mango and sour cherry. Th...

Those who experienced Riccardo Muti conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on the Harriman-Jewell Series in 2015 or 2017 know that when Muti is on the podium, it’s more than a concert. It’s a spiritual experience. This month, Muti will celebrate his 50th anniversary as a conductor. He has had a remarkable career, including serving as principal c...

The renamed Little Italy Festa, formerly called Festa Italiana, will take place on Taylor Street east of Ashland Avenue Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 16 through 19. After a hiatus of several years, Ron Onesti of Onesti Entertainment is returning to produce the festa, which celebrates the historic Taylor Street-Little Italy community. The four-day e...

Do you love spaghetti? Or want to try your luck at a game of futsal? How about watching fireworks light up the night sky? Maybe you’ve always wanted to ride in a gondola, but there just isn’t money for a trip to Italy in the budget right now. Luckily, Festa Italiana will be bringing Italy to Milwaukee from July 20 through the 22, and this year, we...

According to general manager Patrick Cunningham, there's a man who has a standing reservation at Russo's out in Peninsula in Summit County for every Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. until the day he dies. This may be an extreme case of FOMO (fear of missing out) on the part of that eager eater, or a cautionary tale to compel you to make that call right...

One potato, two potato .... If there’s one thing Americans love to eat on the Fourth of July weekend, it’s potato salad. Just ask Vince and Joe Vitale. Back in 1996, only days before the holiday and before Vince and Joe’s became Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market, the brothers ran out of everyone’s favorite summer salad, throwing customers into a tizzy. ...

Family. Home-style cooking. Meatballs. These are the things that make “Mr. Meatball,” newly opened in Pataskala at 61 E. Broad St., special, say the Pataskala couple who own the enterprise. “We are truly a family business, doing most of our own production, and it’s about as close to home cooking as you’re going to find,” said Don Gullatta, who with...

“Ariodante” will be on stage at Lyric Opera of Chicago. The opera is by  George Frideric Handel, it is sung in Italian with projected English translations. “Ariodante” is an opera seria presented in three acts. The Italian libretto was based on a work by Antonio Salvi. It is adapted from Canti 5 and 6 of Ludovico Ariosto's Orlando Furioso. Each act...

Giovanna Miceli Jeffries è nata a Ribera (AG), in Sicilia, dove è cresciuta e ha terminato la scuola superiore prima di emigrare negli USA. È professore emerito dell’Università del Wisconsin-Madison e negli ultimi 25 anni è stata la direttrice del programma italiano presso l’Italian Workmen’s Club of Madison. Giovanna ha scritto e presentato varie...

Il Cenacolo Italiano di Cleveland celebrated its 90th anniversary on June 8, 2018 when 66 members and guests filled the ballroom at Judson Manor. After an hour of socializing over prosecco and appetizers, President Carmela Mitra began the formal program by introducing Mrs. Kelly Falcone-Hall, President and CEO of the Western Reserve Historical Soci...

Evans Automotive, Primary Aim and Midwestern Auto Group have once again teamed up to host the 13th Annual Italian Gathering with a very special guest. The Sunday, September 2nd event welcomes Italian motor vehicles and motorbikes of all vintages to the Wendy's International Corporate Grounds at One Dave Thomas Blvd., Dublin, OH 43017 from 10:00 A.M...