Some of Chicago’s best young singers will perform arias and art songs by iconic Italian composers at the Italian Cultural Center’s Vocal Scholarship Awards Dinner and Concert. The event will start at 2 p.m. on Nov. 11 in the Mentesana Weber Chandelier Room of the Community Center at Casa Italia and feature a wine-and-cheese reception, concert and d...

The Italian Catholic Federation Branch 392 will present its 2018 Mother Cabrini Award to Rocco and Rosanna DeFrenza on Nov. 11. The award is bestowed each year upon a couple who represents the Italian values of community, family and faith. (773-763-0507) The organization submitted the following profiles: Rocco and Rosanna DeFrenza Rocco was born in...

The area's premier community theater company, HOTT Productions, NFP-Helping Others Through Theatre is proud to once again bring the joy, laughter, warmth and exaggerated stereotypes of this Italian American wedding and reception to the Northwest Suburbs! You don't have to be Italian to love an Italian wedding! As Tony and Tina exchange vows, the au...

The College of Arts and Sciences at Loyola University Chicago will install Carla Simonini as the first Paul and Ann Rubino Endowed Professor in Italian American Studies on Nov. 4. The celebration will feature an inaugural address by Simonini and remarks by Fred Gardaphé, distinguished professor of English/Italian American studies at Queens College,...

Leo Spizzirri loves cooking pizza, and he loves teaching. The Norridge native, who earned the title “Master Istruttore” (instructor) at an Italian culinary school, has combined those two loves by co-founding the North American Pizza & Culinary Academy at 1970 University Lane in Lisle. Q: What’s your favorite kind of pizza? A: As one of less than a...

A longtime Chicago eatery is being celebrated by the city and its fans for being a “cherished institution” known for its dipped (and dry) beef sandwiches. Al’s Italian Beef opened as a small neighborhood beef stand in the city’s Little Italy neighborhood in 1938 and the sandwich itself was said to be the idea of Al Ferrari and Chris Pacelli, Sr. Th...

Lisa Formosa-Parmingiano is an important member of the community as she continues to inspire others with her incredible knowledge of the theater while providing a space to master various acting techniques. She believes there are aspects of the theater that can contribute to the journey of self discovery and lead to active self awareness. She acts a...

Mimmo Cuticchio, master puppeteer and one of the last true heirs of the Sicilian theatrical tradition of the Opera dei Pupi, brings two free performances of "The Great Duel between Orlando and Rinaldo for the Beautiful Angelica's Sake" to Illinois. The first will take place Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. at the University of Illinois, Foellinger Audito...

La Camera di Commercio Italiana di Chicago annuncia le opportunita' nei settori del mobile e complementi d'arredo in occasione della BIENNALE DI ARCHITETTURA DI CHICAGO - 19 Settembre 2019-5 Gennaio 2020 http://chicagoarchitecturebiennial.org/ Giunta alla terza edizione, la Biennale di Architettura di Chicago si svolgera' dal 19 Settembre 2019 al 5...

Get ready to cozy up Chicago – BAITA is coming! Inspired by the Italian Alps, BAITA (pronounced bye-tah) is an all-new restaurant opening on our second floor Friday, October 19. Meaning "ski lodge" in Piemontese dialect, BAITA is our answer to fighting the winter blues. As the temperatures drop, escape the chilly sidewalks of Chicago and let yourse...