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"Author Peter Pero pays tribute to Italian-American heritage, but the focus is not on Columbus, Mother Cabrini, or Michaelangelo. Instead, he looks to the working men and women of Italian Chicago who have built our city, brick-by-brick. They funded our churches, built Chicago's skyline, and raised generations of children from immigrant succession t...

One of his great passions in life outside of the baseball diamond has been to help those affected by cancer. As a survivor himself, Anthony Rizzo had made donations to hospitals, along with a number of appearances, to show his support for children suffering from the disease and their families. On Monday, the Cubs first baseman did so again with a m...

The Italian American Cultural Club finalized plans for its fall fundraiser, Festa Del Vino, when members gathered for their October meeting held at Scaffidi’s Restaurant. Judy Krenzel, chairman, reported that Festa Del Vino will be held Nov. 8 at St. Florian Event Center in Wintersville. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with food and wine-tasting available...

When: Wednesday, November 20th at 6pm - Where: Italian Cultural Institute - 500 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1450 Presented on the occasion of the 4th edition of the Week of Italian Cuisine in the World. The theme of this year's Italian Cuisine Week, which will take place from November 18-24, 2019, is Food Education: The Culture of Taste. This yearly init...

When: Saturday, November 16th at 8pm - Where: PianoForte Studios - 1335 S Michigan Ave As part of the ITALIAN SOUNDS project of New Age Productions, pianist composer Remo Anzovino, considered one of the most influential, innovative and eclectic exponents of Italian contemporary music scene, "Nastro d'Argento 2019" (special category "Musica nell'Art...

When a 10-year-old girl gets smitten with dance and harbors dreams of making a profession of it, don’t laugh — it can happen. In fact, that describes how Donna Vittorio, artistic director of Chicago’s Ballet Légere, launched a path that landed her in the terpsichorean trade. “Growing up Italian in my family greatly influenced my interest in the art...

“Nursing home” is a contradiction in terms for many Italian Americans, for whom the word “home” conjures images of Sunday dinners surrounded by friends, family and, of course, food. Lisa Cini grew up amid such celebratory weekends and today fights to bring some of that warmth and spirit to adult care. As an interior designer of long-term care facil...

The Comboni Missionaries will honor Joseph A. Russo at their annual dinner dance on Nov. 30 at Manzo’s Banquets in Des Plaines. (708-354-1999) As a boy growing up in Cicero, Russo enjoyed learning about his Italian and Calabrian heritage from his extended family. From those experiences, he decided he wanted to make a difference in the world. As a t...

The Italian American Executives of Transportation will honor a dynamic father-son duo at their Nov. 16 gala at Ashton Place in Willowbrook. (708-212-1051) Michael Tadin Jr., president of MAT Construction Inc., will be honored as Man of the Year at the event, and Michael A. Tadin, president of Marina Cartage Inc., will be hailed as Humanitarian of t...

While growing up in the Taylor Street neighborhood, Ralph Triggiano dreamed of becoming a photographer. That dream became a reality during World War II, when the Navy trained him to be its eye in the sky over the Pacific. For two years, he took reconnaissance photos of enemy positions from 10,000 feet in the air, helping to turn the tide in the war...

A stroll through the art history of Florence, Rome, and Venice. Come along with noted art scholar Rosa Di Grottole as she guides us through the streets and galleries of these cities, filled with classic art. Sunday afternoon 17 November. If you are planning a trip to Italy this will prepare you for the greatest understanding and enjoyment. And if y...

Does Sam Montalbano know how to say no? Terry Young of Springfield doesn’t think so. “I don’t know that he’s told anybody no," said Young, who nominated Montalbano for The State Journal-Register’s 2019 First Citizen Award. “He’s always been the guy, no matter what you needed, you knew you could always count on him to do whatever was asked of him.”...