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Please help Save Chicago's Little Italy with the costs associated to pay Art by Joseph to create this mural on the brick wall facing the piazza on Taylor and Bishop. Carlo Vaniglia and I have hired the painter and secured use of the wall by the owner of the building to have this amazing mural created. This mural will be painted on the brick wall ea...

As festivals make their comeback, there’s one on Youngstown’s north side this weekend that may be small in size — running only about two blocks — but has a huge history and attracts quite the crowd. It was 30 years ago, the streets of Brier Hill neighborhood lit up for the first time with the Brier Hill Festival. “This was where the first Italian i...

Retired Chicago police officer Frank DiMaria has been elected president of the Italian American Police Association. An IAPA member since 1997, he previously served as second vice president. Founded in 1964, the IAPA organizes and advocates on behalf of Italian Americans in law enforcement, and serves as a social, professional and charitable outlet...

The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans will honor Jennifer Lyons and Antonio M. Romanucci at this year’s Dante Awards luncheon. The event will take place at 11 a.m. on Sept. 14 at Galleria Marchetti in Chicago. Tickets are $75. (708-450-9050, www.jccia.com) Jennifer Lyons will receive the Dante Award. She is a celebrated television news exe...

The feasts of Maria SS. Lauretana and Maria SS. Incoronata are testaments to the ability of faith to overcome adversity. Both have been running continuously in the Chicago area for more than 120 years, and both rolled with the pandemic punches last year, hosting modified versions of their traditional celebrations. Now, they’re ready to shake free o...

Società Santa Fara di Cinisi has been a beacon of italianità at Addison Street and Oleander Avenue in Chicago since the organization opened the doors to its social hall and chapel on the northeast corner of the intersection in 1985. The society’s light shines a little brighter now that the city has named Oleander from Addison to Waveland Avenue Hon...

The 122nd Feast of the Assumption brought out the crowds back to Little Italy. The hustle and bustle returned to the neighborhood after the iconic parade was cancelled last year because of COVID-19 concerns. Gracco Dan told 19 News the feast holds a special place in his heart. “Actually use to come out here with my mom and dad when we were growing...

Ninety-one years have passed since ISDA was founded, 45 National Biennial Conventions have been held, and in 2021 we’re proud to say that Italian Sons and Daughters of America is stronger and more influential than ever. The latest ISDA National Convention was held this past week in Cleveland, Ohio at the Downtown Hilton, and a rich slate of events...

A DuPage County Board member from Elmhurst has called for the return of three statues in honor of Christopher Columbus to Chicago parks. Last year, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot ordered the statues down. She said she did so as a safety precaution. The city has held out the possibility that the statues may come back, but is awaiting a report from its...

Come Celebrate Dante in Detroit, MI. By the Statue of Dante on Belle Isle (Central Avenue & Vista Dr) Shelter #12. Saturday, September 11, 2021. 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM Rain or Shine 2021 marks the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri’s death. At the Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan, we believe Dante must be remembered past this year and for at least...

Back in March, the Warren Italian-American Heritage Festival board decided to go forward this year’s event. President Carole Ficeti said, “We decided let’s go ahead and plan for it. That’ll be easier than waiting and planning at the last minute. That’s turned out to be the right choice. If we’d waited, we would have been a little behind on stuff.”...

Lorenzo A. Fiorentino (Ret.) will offer a lively AV presentation about the military monuments of Illinois at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 22, at the Italian American Veterans Museum. A retired Army Major with a lifelong interest in military history, Fiorentino watched for decades as Illinois’ military monuments faded into obscurity and fell into disrepai...