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La comunità lucchese ed italiana di Chicago è in lutto per l'improvvisa scomparsa di Louis Da Prato, personaggio molto noto nella grande città dell'Illinois, fondatore della locale Associazione Lucchesi nel Mondo e del conosciutissimo Mazzini Verdi Club. Dei due circoli, ricorda la Lucchesi nel Mondo, "Da Prato è stato Presidente per molti anni; s...

Fans of literary fiction know Chicagoland's Mary Doria Russell as the author of the critically-acclaimed and much-loved (by book clubs and fiction fans) novel "The Sparrow."   Her latest novel, "A Thread of Grace," is based on the true experiences of many Jews in Italy during World War II. During that time, many Jews fled other European coun...

For 92-year-old August Frasco, staying active is the key to longevity. He still rides his lawn mower in his yard to cut his grass every week, and attends events with the Italian-American Society of Peoria. "A lot of my friends are gone. I like coming to festivals like these, because I get to meet new people all the time," Frasco said. He was r...

"Valentino Cesidio De Vito, 86, patriarch of the De Vito family in America, died on Nov. 16, 2015, at the home he and our mother made for us." Valentino sacrificed beyond measure to ensure a better life for his family, and to provide his children with all the opportunities in life that he was denied.    Born on Valentine's Day in t...

by Joan Giangrasse Kates   Santina "Sonny" Litturi was one of just two women in her dental school's graduating class in the late 1940s and became the first female appointed to the Illinois State Board of Dental Examiners in 1979. "Sonny was a trailblazer in dentistry, doing what very few women of her generation did back then," said Fran...

One of the most thrilling and glamorous events in the Chicago-area Italian-American community is the contest to determine who will reign as La Bella Regina of the Columbus Day Parade. "Few events in the community can match the pageantry of the annual Columbus Day Queen Contest," says JCCIA Executive Director Jo Ann Serpico. "The queen will be...

by Calogero Lombardo   The history of the Sicilian neighborhood on the Near North Side of Chicago begins around the time of the Chicago Fire. Scandinavians and Germans had by then established colonies there, and were infiltrated by the Irish soon after. Italians had begun filtering in by the 1850s, but their inhabitation would not coalesce i...

31 Maggio, 11.00am. In occasione del prossimo 2 Giugno, Festa della Repubblica.  Appuntamento alla Chiesa Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii alla presenza delle Autorita' locali, delle Organizzazioni ed Associazioni Italo Americane e delle Rappresentanze Diplomatiche Consolari. Dopo la S.Messa ci sara' una processione con tutte le organizzazio...

By John Benson   Oh, the Tums. The need for antacid is so rarely worth the indulgence – Thanksgiving and the neighborhood potluck dinners come to mind. There's also the annual Italian American Summer Festival, which takes place June 26 through 28 at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Berea.   Festival Chairman Donato Cristillo sa...

by Kerry Lester   Over the years he tried wooing her with calls, trips to Italy, and becoming close with members of the family. After a decade, he's finally scored a date.   Ron Onesti's quest to bring Academy Award-winning actress Sophia Loren to town isn't a romantic venture, but it's undeniable he -- and just about everyone else --...

With a ceremonious wave of a conductor's baton by Hard Rock Rocksino President Mark Birtha, two Cleveland Institute of Music students Sara Page and Leah Latorraca played the third movement of Bach's Concerto for Violins in D minor to mark the June 15 opening of the newest eatery at the Rocksino, Concerto.   While the 72-seat restaurant gives...

The Director of the Italian Cultural Institute Andrea Raos and the President of the Poetry Foundation Robert Polito are pleased to invite you to "The Greatest Italian Poet after Dante: Giacomo Leopardi" a conversation with Jonathan Galassi, Michael Caesar and Franco D'Intino moderated by Professor Emeritus Paolo Cherchi, University...