The Comboni Mission Center will honor Rose Mary Ranallo on Nov. 25 at Porretta’s Banquets in Chicago. (708-450-9050) Ranallo is the chief financial officer and manager of her family businesses, NS Builders and Arno Decorating. A resident of Schaumburg, she grew up in Chicago and Elk Grove Village with her two sisters, Josephine and Lisa, and her pa...

Campana will be back in the news on the entertainment front, where it once was synonymous with the longest-running show in the golden age of radio. “The First Nighter Program” aired from 1930 to 1953 and carried the name of the Batavia beauty products manufacturer across the nation. Actors will re-enact several of the scripts Sept. 22 for Water Str...

Prepare for the annual return of the famous S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna-sponsored Italian chef congress Identita Golose, as it makes an exciting foray stateside this October. Increasing its American presence the haute cuisine congress will take on three USA cities this year: Boston, Chicago and New York. Unmissable masterclasses, seminars and dinn...

Democrat Ameya Pawar says that if elected Illinois governor, he would work to have Illinois rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day. While the idea may sound somewhat new, the concept of Indigenous Peoples Day has been around for a while. Vermont already has replaced the October federal holiday named for Christopher Columbus with Indigenous P...

When: Tuesday, November 21st at 6pm - Where: Italian Cultural Institute, 500 N Michigan Avenue, Suite 1450, The exhibition will be on view through January 8, 2018 On the occasion of the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, September 16, 2017 through January 8, 2018, the Italian Cultural Institute and the Chicago Architecture Biennial are pleased to...

The serious opera lover would have to go back over half a century, when Maria Callas made her American debut, to find a more prestigious Chicago event than the Monteverdi 450, scheduled for October 12, 13 and 15 at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park. On each of these three dates, one of Claudio Monteverdi’s extant operas will be performed – “L’O...

Italian Fest, a celebration of Italian culture and heritage, will be from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday in Collinsville. This year’s theme is “Get Your Toga On.” The event features live music, a fun run, parade, grape stomp, Little Miss and Mister Pageant, bocce ball tournament, Italian films and exhibits. The Coll...

It’s amazing what someone can accomplish with a little passion and diplomacy. State Rep. Anthony DeLuca’s recent defense of Columbus Day is a shining example. As we all know, annual celebrations of Columbus have been under assault for decades, with cities and states across the country either flat-out eliminating them or supplanting them with celebr...

Many wonderful things take place at Italian Fest – sometimes behind the scenes.  This year, the Matt Melucci Italian Studies Fund Committee at SIUE, working with the Italian American Club of Southwestern Illinois, invites you to contribute to their special cause – helping to finance Italian language student study in Italy.  Your contribution to the...

I remember it well. I was a young manager in Chicago for Alitalia, the national airline of Italy. The date was April 5, 1962. An Alitalia DC-7 flew from Rome to Chicago for the company’s inaugural flight. Mayor Richard J. Daley, city and state officials, the press and a proudly excited Italian-American community waited for touchdown and the unfoldi...