The Chicagoland Italian-American Professionals organization will present its second annual Festa Dei Cuccidati at Casa Italia on Dec. 10. The event will run from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Chandelier Room in the Community Center. Awards will be presented for the best homemade, locally-baked and available online cuccidati. The event will also feature...

American consumers have learned to appreciate the world renown quality of authentic Italian food, which has become the largest international presence at the PLMA show, the largest North American trade event dedicated to the store brand industry. Anthony Aloia, Vice President of the Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA), which organizes the...

Riccardo Muti has been a shining if somewhat elusive presence locally since his most recent appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in late September. But the maestro has certainly been on the move closer to home. Last month he and the CSO whooshed through Kansas City, Mo., and six California cities, on the first of two domestic tours they...

All concerned at the very handsome Harris Theater are to be congratulated for staging Monteverdi’s “L’Orfeo,” the first of the three works by that composer to be performed as part of the windup of the international ‘Monteverdi 450’ tour. (A production of this trio of early operas concluded the tour at the Lincoln Center in New York.) For one like m...

An icy princess is terrified of love. A mysterious prince solves three riddles and melts her heart while breaking another's. Love triumphs, but it's complicated. Starring Amber Wagner, Stefano La Colla, Maria Agresta/Janai Brugger Turandot (1926), the final work of Giacomo Puccini's career, showcases the composer's magnificent melodic outpourings a...

New promotions with major US retailers, a new video to explain the crucial factors behind the success of Italian food, and a closer monitoring of the effective results of the government-backed promotional activities in the sector are the key priorities for Marco Saladini, the new director of the ITA-Italian Trade Agency in Chicago.  We will look in...

Portillo’s, the fast casual concept known for its menu of Chicago-style favorites, announced the launch of a new delivery service available at all its Chicagoland restaurants and 94 percent of its locations nationwide. The new delivery option is the result of a partnership with DoorDash, the on-demand restaurant delivery platform. Through the partn...

When: From November 18, 2017 to January 7, 2018 - Where: Art Institute of Chicago (Gallery 209), 111 S Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60603 After its widely popular debut in 2013, our spectacular 18th-century Neapolitan crèche returns once again this holiday season. One of the very few and finest examples of such a work outside of Naples, the crèche is...

Chef Lidia Bastianich, Emmy award-winning TV host, best-selling cookbook author, restaurateur and co-owner of Eataly, visited Windy City Live to discuss her newest creation.Lidia revealed her latest cookbook "Lidia's Celebrate like an Italian" which she wrote with her daughter, Tanya. In the book, she shares recipes for nearly every celebration plu...

Wicker Park could be where Bonci opens its second U.S. location following the world-famous Italian pizzeria’s American debut with an August opening in the West Loop. Bonci USA, the company tasked with growing Gabriele Bonci’s famed pizza restaurant stateside, has been long interested in a space at 1566 N. Damen Avenue, where Dox Quality Greek stood...