At what must be one of the world’s most narrowly focused museums, the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame honors some 230 of the greatest Italian-American athletes, broadcasters, and sports workers to ever benefit athletics in the United States. The hall of fame encompasses a wide variety of games, from traditional sports like baseball an...

First, it was daughter Gina with her West Loop spot Mad Social, and now another apple lands close to the tree as Anthony Stefani, son of storied restaurateur Phil Stefani, prepares to launch his first restaurant. It’s still in its preliminary stages, but expect pizza and a bustling new concept at 605 North Wells Street in River North. Though he spe...

Gabriele Bonci, the esteemed Roman pizza maker, has set a target date for the opening of his upcoming West Loop pizzeria."I will be in Chicago on August 15 for the opening of my new pizzeria,” Bonci wrote in a Facebook message (in Italian, in response to my questions written in Google-translated Italian). This will be his second trip in quick succe...

“Alton is hungry for good things.” Alton’s Dee Gehrs made this statement recently, and she and her husband, Steve, have just added their new restaurant to the list of options where diners can quench their appetites. Nicky G’s Italian Eats, 1801 State St., is in a century-old building that once housed establishments such as Velloff’s Power Equipment...

Le vie d’acqua e il design sono i punti di sintesi tra Milano e Chicago. Da questa mattina, il sindaco di Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, è in visita nel capoluogo lombardo. A Palazzo Marino con il collega Beppe Sala (che ha anche annunciato la possibilità di tenere il referendum sulla riapertura dei Navigli in concomitanza con le prossime elezioni regional...

Mixing business with pleasure is typically ill-advised, but it’s worked out pretty well for Aubrey Plaza and her long-term partner Jeff Baena. “The Little Hours,” written and directed by Baena, is the third feature that the couple has worked on together. The film also stars husband and wife Dave Franco and Alison Brie—making the international filmi...

The National Shrine of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini is holding a fundraiser Wednesday evening at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St. The shrine, 2520 N. Lakeview Ave., is engaged in a yearlong celebration of the first U.S. saint to mark the centenary of her death. A nonprofit, it attempts to continue her work in Chicago. Mother Cabrini, who...

Radio Flyer has celebrated its 100th anniversary by displaying a 27-foot-long version of its little red wagon in downtown Chicago. The well-known childhood toy and essential mode of transportation is dearly loved by millions of kids (and grownups) worldwide. It was created by an Italian immigrant, Antonio Pasin, who started building wooden toy wago...

The Feast of San Rocco di Potenza at St. William Church in Chicago is sponsored by Congregazione di San Rocco di Potenza. It features a noon Mass on Aug. 20, followed by a procession with the Sicilian Band of Chicago, the benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, and a family festival with food and live entertainment. An anointing Mass will be celebrat...

Festa Italiana Chicago will celebrate its 12th anniversary on Taylor Street from Aug. 18 to 20. Hosted by the University Village Association and run by StarEvents, the three-day fest will feature food and beverage booths, live entertainment on three stages, Italian dance performances and classes, cooking demonstrations, a wine garden, and an Italia...