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After guarding the Korean DMZ for most of his tour of duty in the Army during the Vietnam War, Luco Clarizio watched over fallen soldiers returning to the States, escorting their caskets from the airport to the cemetery. The oldest of two sons born to Dominick and Mary (Viola) Clarizio, Luco was brought into this world by his maternal grandmother i...

As the director of the Chicago office of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Luca Di Vito’s job is to illuminate Italy’s vast cultural treasures and burnish the country’s image around the world. In a sleek office on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue, the Italian government offers up a wealth of cultural riches in the form of movie screenings, lectures on art...

Italian Design Day 2021 Moto Guzzi: 100 Years Friday, July 9, 2021 at 6pm CT The Consulate General of Italy in Chicago, Piaggio Group and the Italian Cultural Institute in Chicago celebrate Moto Guzzi’s 100th birthday: one hundred years of passion, success, adventure, innovation and the sheer joy of riding motorcycles.

The Avanti Group has stepped up to the plate, taking charge of the Columbus Day Queen Contest after a year hiatus for the venerable event. Sponsored for decades by the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans, the pageant was put on hold last year due to the pandemic. “We thought it was important to keep the tradition going, and the JCCIA was gra...

July 25, 2021 / 3:00 PM. Join Italian Americans in Chicago at Arrigo Park as we take a stand against the City of Chicago's discriminatory removal of our Columbus statues and revisionist history. Pack the Park with Windy City Italians! REGISTER HERE Hosted by Chicago's Italian American community, Pack the Park is an all-encompassing, inclusive event...

The American Italian Cultural Society is party central this weekend for Joliet resident Ted Micci as he celebrates his 100th birthday in style. Micci is an Italian immigrant, a World War II hero who flew 25 B-17 missions over Germany and the owner of Joliet's De Franco Electric from 1950 until 1988. More than 60 people attended Friday night's party...

Festa Italiana at Villa Cesare in Schererville will run from July 31-Aug. 1. “We want to give the region the opportunity to experience and celebrate the amazing Italian culture, which is deeply rooted in family, music and food,” says event Chairman Jon Biancardi. Admission is free to the outdoor event, which will feature Italian cuisine, live enter...

The Opera Festival of Chicago will present its inaugural season this summer. Created by Music Director Emanuele Andrizzi, the festival is dedicated to presenting world-class standard productions of Italian opera masterpieces in Chicago that rarely grace the stage in the United States. The festival opens with performances of Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s w...

The Order Sons of Italy in America, Grand Lodge of Illinois/Wisconsin will honor eight outstanding individuals from all walks of life at the 20th annual Leonardo da Vinci Awards of Excellence Gala. The event is slated for July 18 at White Eagle Banquets in Niles and will feature a buffet luncheon at noon and an awards ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Tickets...

The 128th anniversary of the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel will be a scaled-back affair focusing on the religious dimensions of the celebration. The street festival has been canceled, but the Novena, banner and rose presentations, and memorial service are still on. Masses at 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. on July 18 will be followed by a mobile proces...

Casa Italia will be presenting a live performance of the short play “Seatonville” at the end of the IA Literati conference on July 10. The play dramatizes the journey of Caterina and Antonio from Northern Italy to the coal fields of western Illinois and how one day changed their lives forever. The work centers around the Cherry mine disaster of 190...

Roger J. Di Paolo, former editor of the Record-Courier who died Friday of Di Paolo chronicled the news of Portage County for 40 years beginning at the Record-Courier as a reporter in 1977 when he reported on the protests surrounding the construction of a building on land that intruded on the site where four students were killed on May 4, 1970. A Ro...