The Arcolian Dental Arts Society will honor Dr. Geri Ann DiFranco as Arcolian of the Year at the society’s annual Christmas Party on Dec. 11 at the Park Ridge Country Club. (847-304-4442). “Geri is a woman of outstanding ethical and moral character who exemplifies the society’s ideals of professionalism, education and service to the community,” say...

When: Friday, November 30, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM - Where: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL - What: Presentation of “I Believe in You” by Luca Badetti How can you believe in yourself and others? Dr. Luca Badetti explores this question in his book "I Believe in You," (New City Press, 2018). Grounded in stories from his life a...

On Dec. 1, 1958, a fire tore through the Our Lady of Angels School on Chicago’s West Side. Ninety-two of the school’s 1,600 students perished in the conflagration along with three nuns, and many more suffered from burns and smoke inhalation or were injured when they jumped from windows to escape. The worst school fire in American history, it devast...

It didn’t matter if you had a bad day, a bad check-up, or your car and love life sputtered. Frank Rotondo would have your drink waiting for you and maybe a little advice, if you wanted it. Mr. Rotondo spent 48 years tending bar at L. Woods Tap and Pine Lodge and its previous incarnations at the same Lincolnwood address: the Kenilworth Inn and Bones...

The Grand Lodge of Illinois/Wisconsin, Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America Celebrating its 94th Annual Columbus Banquet on Oct. 6 at the White Eagle Banquets in Niles. Margurite Rowley, Columbus Banquet Chair, welcomes the guests and introduced the Master of Ceremony for the evening, the Honorable Anthony Calderone, Mayor of Forest Park. T...

Verdi’s monumental and altogether ravishing “Requiem” is a signature work of Maestro Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Their recording of the great operatic mass was the winner of two Grammy Awards (Best Classical Album and Best Choral Performance) in 2010. But in light of the recent horrific plague of senseless shootings...

The owners of Fabulous Freddies Italian Eatery, a Bridgeport Italian-American restaurant that’s been open since 1990 less than a mile west of Sox Park, have plans to open a sit-down restaurant. The Bertucci family is in the midst of converting its private events space above Freddies in preparation to open Tria Sorelle at 701 W. 31st Street on the s...

One of this area's most accomplished baseball players was selected to join a hall of fame. No, not that Hall of Fame, the one into which Peoria native Jim Thome was inducted earlier this year. But it's still a pretty formidable hall. Former big-league player and former and probably future big-league manager Joe Girardi, the pride of East Peoria, wa...

When: Monday, November 12, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM - Where: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL On the occasion of the Italian Cuisine Week in the World, November 12-18, 2018, the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago is pleased to present the following two lectures: Mediterranean Diet: a Cultural Pattern which connects Environm...

When: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM - Where: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL In this lecture, Dr. Daniele Macuglia will investigate the professional relationships that arose between artists and anatomists during the Italian Renaissance. Starting with an overview of the collaboration between Leonardo da Vinci...