When: April 6th at 6pm - Where: Italian Cultural Institute, 500 N Michigan Avenue, Suite 1450 The rise of Italian Fashion since 1945 has been impressive and incredibly fast! Today Milan is one of the top 4 players in the world of fashion together with Paris, London and New York. Fashion designers like Armani, Valentino, Pucci, Versace, Gucci, Prada...

The act of shooting an oyster and downing a shot are superficially similar—both often end with an overturned vessel on the bar. But where the latter can be sipped or lingered over, if desired, eating an oyster is inevitably a fleeting affair. At Chicago’s Sink|Swim, the seafood-centric restaurant from Scofflaw Group, however, the short-lived ritual...

Italian food means a lot more than spaghetti and meatballs these days, but sometimes the basics, in an old school red sauce joint, are all we want. They’re the places that originally made Italian food popular in this country – authenticity aside. That’s why we want to tell you about some of Chicago’s best old school Italian joints – the kind of pla...

No musical instrument is more closely associated with the Italian immigrant than the accordion, and no place in Italy is more closely associated with the accordion than Castelfidardo. Known throughout the world for the accordions it manufactures, this small town in the Marche region is the inspiration for a musical and theatrical celebration that w...

Early last year, as anti-immigrant rhetoric intensified during the presidential campaign, William Massolia, the Griffin Theatre Company’s artistic director, thought of his own family’s past. All four of his grandparents came from Italy speaking very little English. Massolia started sleuthing. He dug up his paternal grandparents’ marriage certificat...

If you’re craving food from the windy city, you don’t need a plane ticket, just a drive into Canyon Country. Marciano’s Chicago Style Deli was not only deemed the go-to sandwich shop for Super Bowl Sunday on KTLA’s “Burrous’ Bites,” it has become the destination for hungry SCV residents since March 11 of last year. “It’s been great,” says owner Bre...

Dr. Joe Baldassano was named Arcolian of the Year at the Arcolian Dental Arts Society’s annual Christmas party at the Park Ridge Country Club. The award was presented by Arcolian President Dr. Russ Spinazze and past President Dr. Michael Biasiello. An active Arcolian member for over 28 years, Baldassano has served on the board and in every executiv...

One night, a little more than a decade ago, Chicago immigration attorney Mary Sfasciotti received a desperate call from a nun in the Milwaukee area. Sister Josephe Marie Flynn asked Sfasciotti to help defend a former Congolese political activist in her parish who had been jailed. Regina Bakala faced deportation and was seeking asylum in the United...

Banking executive Peter Volpe will be honored as Man of the Year and Stone Park Mayor Beniamino Mazzulla will receive a Chairman’s Special Recognition Award at Casa Italia’s 47th annual gala on April 22 at Alta Villa Banquets in Addison. (708-345-5922, casaitaliachicago.org) Peter Volpe. Casa Italia is proud to present its 2017 Person of the Year A...

The Chicagoland Italian American Charitable Organization will honor Louis Scaramuzzo as Humanitarian of the Year on April 29 at Medinah Shrine Center in Addison. To make reservations, visit www.ciaco.org or call 630-400-9908. The Chicagoland Italian American Charitable Organization is proud to honor Louis Scaramuzzo as our 2017 Humanitarian of the...