The Comboni Mission Center will honor Rose Mary Ranallo on Nov. 25 at Porretta’s Banquets in Chicago. (708-450-9050) Ranallo is the chief financial officer and manager of her family businesses, NS Builders and Arno Decorating. A resident of Schaumburg, she grew up in Chicago and Elk Grove Village with her two sisters, Josephine and Lisa, and her pa...

Prepare for the annual return of the famous S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna-sponsored Italian chef congress Identita Golose, as it makes an exciting foray stateside this October. Increasing its American presence the haute cuisine congress will take on three USA cities this year: Boston, Chicago and New York. Unmissable masterclasses, seminars and dinn...

Democrat Ameya Pawar says that if elected Illinois governor, he would work to have Illinois rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day. While the idea may sound somewhat new, the concept of Indigenous Peoples Day has been around for a while. Vermont already has replaced the October federal holiday named for Christopher Columbus with Indigenous P...

When: Tuesday, November 21st at 6pm - Where: Italian Cultural Institute, 500 N Michigan Avenue, Suite 1450, The exhibition will be on view through January 8, 2018 On the occasion of the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, September 16, 2017 through January 8, 2018, the Italian Cultural Institute and the Chicago Architecture Biennial are pleased to...

The serious opera lover would have to go back over half a century, when Maria Callas made her American debut, to find a more prestigious Chicago event than the Monteverdi 450, scheduled for October 12, 13 and 15 at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park. On each of these three dates, one of Claudio Monteverdi’s extant operas will be performed – “L’O...

It’s amazing what someone can accomplish with a little passion and diplomacy. State Rep. Anthony DeLuca’s recent defense of Columbus Day is a shining example. As we all know, annual celebrations of Columbus have been under assault for decades, with cities and states across the country either flat-out eliminating them or supplanting them with celebr...

I remember it well. I was a young manager in Chicago for Alitalia, the national airline of Italy. The date was April 5, 1962. An Alitalia DC-7 flew from Rome to Chicago for the company’s inaugural flight. Mayor Richard J. Daley, city and state officials, the press and a proudly excited Italian-American community waited for touchdown and the unfoldi...

Looking over the fall entertainment lineup for the Andiamo Celebrity Showroom in Warren, you might think the venue made an effort to solely book Italian entertainers. You’d be wrong.“It wasn’t by design,” said Joe Vicari, owner of Andiamo restaurant who doubles as a booking agent. “It was coincidental that we had some of these acts touring in this...

Following a national trend, the village of Oak Park approved a resolution authorizing Oct. 9 as Indigenous People Day within its boundaries. The resolution was unanimously approved by the Oak Park village board at its Sept. 5 meeting. According to village spokesman David Powers, the resolution applies only to village municipal government, and not t...

What: Monteverdi 450 Lecture Series, Lecture-Demonstration: Music and the Myth of Venice, Music from L'incoronazione di Poppea - When: Wednesday, October 4, 2017 6-8pm - Where: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago - 500 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1450 On the occasion of the upcoming US premiere of "Monteverdi 450" at Harris Theater, celebrating the 450...