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The Superior City Council has decided the city will now officially celebrate “Indigenous People’s Day”, instead of “Columbus Day”. That decision was made with a unanimous vote Tuesday night. Duluth has already made the switch, and the Superior leaders felt it was time they made a change as well. Mayor Jim Paine says Native American tribes are a lar...

Camp Atterbury, today an active National Guard base in southern Indiana, was built as an army training facility shortly after Pearl Harbor, and soon became the unlikely destination for about 15,000 POWs from Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler’s armies. The prison section of the camp, now a county park and fish and wildlife area, housed enemy combata...

The Cleveland Italian American Heritage Committee in partnership with the City of Cleveland Mayor’s Office and Cleveland City Council will host a ceremony in the Cleveland City Hall Rotunda on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019 at 6 p.m. to celebrate Italian Heritage Month.  The ceremony includes honoring outstanding individuals and organizations within the Ital...

Organizers of this year’s 42nd annual Italian Fall Festa are owed some fine weather by the weather gods after a near-washout in 2018 prompted them to create a drive-through “Grab ‘n Go” operation to help sell the copious amounts of delicious Italian food that highlight the event each year. And early forecasts suggest a fine, rain-free weekend appea...

When: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 8:30pm - Where: Old Town School of Music, 4545 N Lincoln Ave Beppe Gambetta is a guitarist, vocalist, researcher and composer born in Genova, Italy who developed a style that brings American and European Roots to speak together with one voice. In his unique approach, Beppe blends energetic grooves with passion...

The Italian Cultural Institute presents two museums of contemporary art committed to following art outside conventional boundaries and bringing it to a broad range of diverse audiences, both local and international. Roberta Tenconi, Curator and Art Exhibition organizer at Pirelli HangarBicocca in Milan and Marcella Beccaria, Chief Curator and Curat...

Joey Santore, 36, never expected to get famous for posting videos about nature. But on Thursday, the Chicagoland native went viral when a profanity-laden clip of him comforting a sick coyote pup surfaced on Twitter, garnering upwards of 8 million views. “I’m not going to fuck with you,” he promises as he chases the pup, who eventually relents and s...

Niles will host the 119th Maria Santissima Lauretana festival, a traditional Italian cultural and religious celebration that also includes plenty of food, drink and entertainment, over Labor Day weekend. The festival, which honors the Catholic Virgin Mary, originated in a Sicilian town and was brought to the Chicago area as immigrants arrived her...

A street name in Rockford will change in honor of a prominent Rockford Italian-American. Rockford aldermen unanimously approved changing the name of a portion of South Madison Street in downtown. It’s in honor of Louie Maffioli, a fourth generation of the first Italian family in Rockford. He was the first president and CEO of Wilson Electric Compan...

Tickets for the Cleveland Museum of Art’s upcoming exhibition on the drawings of Michelangelo may be purchased by nonmembers starting at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 21, the museum said Tuesday. Free ticket reservations have already been available to members, the museum said Tuesday. “Michelangelo: Mind of the Master" will run from Sunday, Sept. 22, t...

Antonio Romanucci has been installed as the 66th president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and Frank Sommario has been sworn in as the secretary of the National Italian American Bar Association. Romanucci and Sommario are partners in the Chicago-based law firm of Romanucci & Blandin. Romanucci has been an active member of the Illinois Tr...

A pair of Illinois Italian Americans were among this year’s recipients of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Attorney Enrico J. Mirabelli, corporate executive Sergio “Satch” Pecori and 90 others received their medals during a May 11 ceremony on Ellis Island. Mirabelli is a family law attorney with more than 37 years of experience. He served for 10 ye...