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As I’ve sat with a number of people over the years, discussions have often turned to who the people of Kensington, Pullman and Roseland are. As a child in St. Anthony’s Parish, the answer was clear: We’re all Italian. Of course, then I became more aware of the world around me. I came to realize that some of the last names called for attendance at s...

In light of the recent discussions about Christopher Columbus, Chicago’s Italian American community will come together this Sunday, August 30 at Noon for a “North Side Italian American Heritage Rally”. The event will take place outdoors in the parking lot of the new location of The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, 3417 North Harlem Av...

The annual St. Rocco Church Italian Festival is continuing on this Labor Day weekend in Cleveland, albeit in a different capacity than its previous 105 iterations. In spite of the coronavirus pandemic, the Catholic church on Fulton Road plans to hold a slimmed-down, drive-thru version of its famed festival. This time celebrating classic Italian foo...

After hosting more than a century of live annual celebrations in the Chicago area, the Maria SS. Lauretana Society will turn to the internet this year to keep its venerable traditions alive. “The safety of our members and supporters is our top priority,” says Feast Committee Chairman Angelo Camarda, “but we’re not going to let this pandemic stop us...

Local artist Cosima Aryee has had a busy summer, with works on display at no fewer than four locations across the Chicago area. Her oil-on-canvas paintings can be viewed through September as part of a group exhibit at the Elmhurst Art Museum Guild Gallery and at a solo show at Overland Gallery in Harvard. A solo exhibit at Prairie Title in Oak Park...

Bloomington city staff will examine converting the Columbus Day holiday to one honoring indigenous people, with a majority of the city council indicating at least some support for researching the question during a Committee of the Whole session Monday night. Council member Jenn Carrillo promoted the idea, using similar language to an earlier propos...

Some members of Chicago’s Italian-American community say it’s time to return the Christopher Columbus statues that were removed. They held a news conference in Grant Park on Sunday with a message for Mayor Lori Lightfoot. “Put the statues back, because it’s history. It’s part of Chicago,” said Frank Coconate of the group Hands Off Christopher Colum...

The streets will be quiet in Little Italy this weekend. For one of the few times since 1898, the Feast of the Assumption will not be celebrated publicly in the neighborhood (other cancellations were in World War I and World War II). The street festival was called off in June due to COVID-19 concerns. Earlier this month, the public celebration of M...

Hours after the looting and mayhem plunged Chicago back into despair, a bit of salve arrived courtesy of Enrico Mirabelli, a longtime customer of jeweler Paul Young’s store in the Loop. Mirabelli was passing by on his way to work — and then stopped. Young needed help clearing debris. Mirabelli picked up a hammer and began knocking down shards of...

The 2020 Sant’ Ippolito Festival has been canceled, according to the Sant’ Ippolito Society website. The Diocese of Lansing, Sts. James, Cornelius, and Cyprian Church as well as the festival committee were concerned about public health and safety risks. There will be a Mass celebrating the Feast Day of Sant’ Ippolito on Thursday, August 13 at 5:30...

This story begins, as so many do these days, on Twitter. Last May, Nicole Tersigni, a Detroit-based writer, logged onto the social media platform at the end of a long day. She was tired and frazzled from looking after her 8-year-old daughter, who was home sick at the time. “So I go online just to kind of scroll through Twitter and zone out for a li...

GREAT award winning films from Italy! * SEPT. 17 -Oct. 8 * - Atlas Cinemas Eastgate. We jumped through cinematic hoops to bring you the best film fest this year and some GREAT films from Italy!! There are some changes this year as you can expect: :) We have half the normal seating available to allow for social distancing in the theaters. For each f...