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Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Italian Cultural Institute, 500 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1450, Chicago (IL). "Rite of Tomorrow," a performance featuring Natalja Aicardi, Daniel Johanson, Roberta Terche Nocentini. In remembrance of the devastating earthquake that struck near the city of L'Aquila in 2009, affecting more than 45 towns, kil...

Herrin Festa Italiana kicks off in just one month, and Tuesday organizers held a lunch to get preparations underway.  Up to 400 people were expected at the Herrin Festa lunch-in at the Herrin Civic Center downtown. Attendees included Herrin's chamber of commerce, local government members, sponsors, civic center workers and Festa volunteers.  The ev...

“A Bronx Tale” opens with a do wop group assembled under a street lamp on the corner of Belmont Ave., crooning an homage to the Italian-American enclave that is home to young Calogero (a squeezable, adorable Shane Pry). The 9-year-old loves the Yankees, Mickey Mantle and his, dad Lorenzo (Richard H. Blake, who originated the role on Broadway), a bi...

Dominic DiFrisco, the man known as the "voice of Chicago's Italian-American Community," died Saturday morning due to complications from lymphoma. He was 85. For decades, he steered the ABC7 broadcast booth during the annual Columbus Day Parade, providing color commentary with his encyclopedic knowledge of Chicago-Italian history and achievements. ...

THE FUTURE OF HOLY FAMILY CHURCH IS IN JEOPARDY! Padre Pino Licciardi is being told to return back to Sicily on June 30, 2019 from the Archdiocese of Detroit, while other priests older then him are allowed to continue in the Archdiocese. This will leave Holy Family Church without a resident Priest and will become administered by Old St. Mary's Chur...

Festa Italiana organizers are excited to welcome the iconic American disco and funk band KC and the Sunshine Band as a headliner of this year’s festival. The Grammy Award-winning band will headline Festa Italiana Saturday, July 20 at 9 p.m. at Henry W. Maier Festival Park (Summerfest grounds). With over 100 million records sold, three Grammy Awards...

The Salem Italian American Educational Fund and the Salem Italian Club recently co-sponsored “Nite at the Races.” The event was a huge success. We would like to thank all who attended, participated, volunteered, contributed and/or donated. We thank you for your generosity and willingness to invest in the education of future scholarship recipients....

Joe Bartolotta, co-owner of The Bartolotta Restaurants, died on Monday night, April 22 at the age of 60. Bartolotta wasn't just an exceptional chef -- but also an impressive philanthropist, a great humanitarian and an accomplished restaurateur. A news release from the Bartolotta group stated he "passed away peacefully in his sleep with a smile on h...

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial held on Monday, April 22, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Church, Boardman, with Father Gerald Delucia officiating, preceded by a 10:30 a.m. prayer service at the Rossi & Santucci funeral Home, Boardman, for Donato Joseph “Dan” DiDomenco, 92 who passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, April 17,...

A different kind of tradition unlike any other continues today in Camp Washington. The Original Italian Dinner only happens twice a year. The tradition, started by Italian immigrants, began more than 100 years ago at Sacred Heart Church on Massachusetts Ave. They use old world recipes to make delicious ravioli, meatballs, and other items. So much f...

The Rev. Richard LaPata was praised for 20 years of service to the Columbian Club of Chicago at the organization’s installation gala in January. First Vice President Mark Corrado delivered the following remarks before calling Fr. LaPata to the podium to accept an award: “Fr. LaPata came to know the Dominicans as a student at Fenwick High School in...

For decades, Joseph Salerno served as a source of comfort for thousands of families and friends throughout the suburbs. In March, those family, friends and peers remembered and celebrated the 78-year-old funeral director who served as CEO of Salerno’s Rosedale in Roselle and Galewood Chapels in Chicago. In the early 1960s, Salerno entered the famil...