Fall is here, my favorite time of the year. It means brisk days on an orange, yellow and brown backdrop, butternut squash ravioli, pumpkin pie and apple cider. It also means the end of "festival season" for me. Onesti Entertainment is involved to varying degrees with many festivals, but there are three we produce from top to bottom. And by fall, we...

If you were to pick a current documentarian for the subject of a documentary, Gia Marie Amella would be a smart choice. Together with her partner, Giuseppe “Beppe” Mangione, she’s the force behind Modio Media, a production company that first came to the attention of the Italian-American community with the 2007 release of “And They Came to Chicago:...

It’s that time of the year when we pay tribute to all veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces who have served our country through the centuries. Since Nov. 11, 1954, Veterans Day has been observed as a national holiday in America. Originally dubbed Armistice Day, it marks the anniversary of the end of World War I, which formally came to a close at the 11...

“L'organizzatrice "chairwomen" della 66^ parata del "Columbus Day" di Chicago è stata la signora Mariann Gullo figlia di immigrati siciliani, con il suo tenace impegno è riuscita a coinvolgere 160 Associazioni a partecipare alla parata. Durante la cerimonia è stato ricordato anche il 45° anniversario dell'importante gemellaggio di Chicago con la ci...

An epoch has come to an end with the retirement of Josephine Petitti as executive director of the Midwest District of the Italian Sons and Daughters of America. “It’s been a long and wonderful run, and it’s been an honor to serve,” says Petitti, who has more get-up-and-go at 90 than most folks do at half her age. A driving force for the local ISDA...

Carla Gambescia, author of the acclaimed compendium ”La Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A-Z,” will be in town this month for a whirlwind series of Italian-style trivia challenges. “These challenges have been a big hit across the country,” Gambescia explains. “People come away entertained and ultimately awed by...

Welcome to the “The Grid,” the Chicago Sun-Times’ in-depth look at Chicago neighborhoods. Today’s stop: Little Italy. Located four miles west of downtown Chicago, Little Italy was the first stop for many Italian immigrants arriving to the city in the late 1800s and early 1900s.  Filled with family-owned shops, restaurants and churches, it was the h...

When: Monday, November 5, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM - Where: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL Join us as two Italy-only travel companies, La Dolce Via Travel and Divertimento Group (DG) showcase two hidden Italian jewels: Murano, the island hidden within Venice's lagoons and Matera, the city chosen as the 2019 European Capital...

Italy comes into Chicago hoping to get the city's huge Italian-American community behind it, but there are other points to prove, too. FloRugby checked in with Ian McKinley and Luca Morisi, who will be part of the Azzurri arriving in Chicago. Both have had their struggles. McKinley retired after a rugby clear went into his eyeball (yes, it is as gr...

The chef/owner of popular Lincoln Park Italian restaurants Riccardo Trattoria and Riccardo Enoteca is planning a new spot in the West Loop/Fulton Market. Riccardo Michi is taking over the shuttered Vera space at 1023 W. Lake Street, according to a liquor license application first noticed by Block Club. There are no additional details yet on its nam...