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An exhibit about the early history of the University of Notre Dame, including images of the Christopher Columbus murals and information about their historical significance, will be created in a room on the second floor of the Main Building, Jenkins said on September 17 in his annual address to the faculty. Italian artist Luigi Gregori’s 12 painting...

Do you like delicious food with big flavor? Then the Italian Fest in Collinsville, Illinois is the place for you! The festival is happening this Friday and Saturday, September 20 and 21, on Main Street in uptown Collinsville. For the past 36 years, Collinsville has been celebrating the Italian heritage the city is built on. The Collinsville Mayor t...

The Columbus Day Parade has been on the upswing in recent years thanks to a series of dynamic parade chairmen who have taken the venerable event to new heights. This year’s chairman is no exception. With Greco & Sons VP Lino Greco at the helm, 2019 festivities will feature additional busing locations, a new parade start time, dignitaries from the U...

When: Thursday, October 10th at 6pm - Where: PianoForte Studios, 1335 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL - What: Itinera Mundi by Gianluca Campi, accordion - Arianna Menesini, cello - Laura Lanzetti, piano Born in Genoa in 1976, Gianluca Campi began studying accordion at the age of 11, under the direction of Giorgio Bicchieri. At 12 years of age, he parti...

The Italian American Police Association will honor a foursome of stalwart souls at an Oct. 26 dinner dance at Elmcrest Banquets in Elmwood Park. (312-415-1202) The following profiles were provided by the organization: Alderman Nick Sposato • Man of the Year Award 38th Ward Ald. Nicholas (Nick) Sposato grew up around Belmont and Harlem avenues and i...

There will be two Italian music directors in Chicago. Enrique Mazzola will become the top conductor at the Lyric Opera of Chicago following the retirement of Andrew Davis at the end of the 2020-21 season. Mazzola joins Riccardo Muti, music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since the 2010-11 season. “It’s a big honor to be the colleague liv...

The pastor of St. Florian Church in Chicago is leveraging his Italian heritage to raise funds for his struggling parish. “St. Florian is a very, very poor parish, and the Fall Fest has historically been our main fundraiser to help us through the coming winter,” the Rev. David Simonetti explains. This year’s fest has morphed into a “gala spectacular...

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a dinner and charity casino gala on Oct. 19 at Porretta’s Banquets in Chicago. Tickets for the black-tie optional event are $175 and include an open bar. A highlight of the evening will be a cash raffle drawing with a grand prize of $25,000. Raffle tickets are $100 and can b...

Members of Tradizione Vivente, the Italian Dance Group of Milwaukee, look forward to welcoming people from across the country to attend the annual Italian Folk Art Federation of America (IFAFA) Conference in Milwaukee. The IFAFA conference is educational and enriching, as it brings together those who love the Italian culture.  Offered are workshops...

The Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America’s Grand Lodge of Illinois and Wisconsin will honor Nancy Gianni as Humanitarian of the Year and Joseph Cattando Jr. as Columbus Patriot at its 95th annual Columbus Banquet on Oct. 12 at Crystal Sky Banquets in McCook. (708-403-7822) Gianni is the “Chief Belief Officer” and founder of GiGi’s Playhouse...

The Italian American Veterans Post No. 1, 4567 Oberlin Ave., Lorain, will hold the annual Festa Italiana, a celebration of Italian culture, on Sept. 14. The day will have free events starting at noon. The Rev. Daniel Divis will offer the blessing and prayer and Lorain Mayor Joe Koziura will speak during the event. Post Commander Leo Citro will reco...

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...