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Charles Santore, an illustrator known for his richly detailed and whimsical interpretations of classic children's books has died, his daughter said Friday. Christina Santore said her father died Sunday after a brief illness in Philadelphia, where he was born, raised and worked. He was 84. He spent over three decades reimagining classic children's t...

The team behind San Francisco’s successful Flour + Water, Trick Dog and Salumeria restaurants is launching a new Italian concept this Friday in their former Foxsister space in the Mission district. Called Great Gold, it’s being billed as a “Modern American Italian Kitchen,” with partner/co-owner David Steele envisioning this as a marriage of Califo...

If you’re a fan of vintage and exotic cars, you’re going to LOVE the Columbian Club of Chicago’s latest event. Dubbed Coffee & Chrome, the outing will allow unprecedented access to the Iron Gate Motor Condos in Naperville on Sept. 14. The “condos” are actually garages built at great expense to showcase luxury autos the likes of Ferraris, Lamborghin...

The Italian tomato is prized around the world, but its reputation has soured in recent years over reports of mafia infiltration, slave labour and toxic fires that poison water sources. Southern Europe's biggest hydroponics farm is out to change all that, by growing pesticide-free crops in environmentally friendly greenhouses -- and getting bees to...

My father, Henry, paid a price for working at the Westinghouse Plant in Lester, PA, for over 40 years. The constant pounding of his drop forge hammer had cost him most of his hearing. He was “old school” and happy to have this job that kept my mother and him fed and warm during their 65-year marriage. Suing the company was out of the question for a...

You’ll be able to find coffee, pastries and more at Italian coffee shop Illy Caffe when it opens in part of the former Binn's building on West Duke of Gloucester Street this fall. Illy, an Italian coffee roasting company, has more than 160 of its coffee bars in 34 countries, according to its website, but the Merchants Square location will be its fi...

Felice Gimondi, three-time Giro d'Italia champion and winner of the 1965 Tour de France and 1968 Vuelta a España, died on Friday afternoon. The 76-year-old was swimming in the sea off the coast of Giardini Naxos in Sicily, southern Italy, when he suffered a heart attack. Gimondi took 14 stages across his five Grand Tour victories, and is one of onl...

Making their United States debut, the Four Italian Tenors will perform an evening of operatic tenor hits at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, at Armstrong Auditorium to begin the 2019-20 Performing Arts Series. “This group represents some of the finest talent in the newest generation of world-class tenors,” Armstrong Auditorium Concert Manager...

As if exploring Italy’s countryside by car wasn't romantic enough, you can now make the trip in a reimagined Spiaggina — the iconic, oh-so-Italian car from the 1960s. The updated version of the classic maintains its original charm, but boasts an electric motor, automatic transmission, and five-inch digital screen (to make sure your romantic Italian...

Located in The Westin at The Woodlands, Sorriso Modern Italian Kitchen brings a contemporary take on Italian dining and cuisine to Waterway Square. Sorriso opened in January with the goal of offering a change from the hotel’s previous American eatery, Current. “The objective was to create an intimate social environment,” said Noni Hughes, the gener...

Il Made in Italy è morto o è in difficoltà? No, anzi: gode di buona salute. È solo che, per proseguire con successo lungo la strada del Terzo Millennio, ha cambiato nome. O sta per farlo. È la tesi (condivisibile, lo diciamo subito) di una interessantissima ricerca del giovane sociologo Riccardo Giumelli, appena pubblicata. Prima di parlarne, però,...

Film aficionados have hungered for the return of Casa Italia’s beloved feast of Italian cinema, and the wait is finally over. The Casa’s 2019 Italian film series will reboot on Sept. 13 and run for seven glorious Fridays. The host of this year’s series will be Pam DeFiglio, a veteran Chicago editor, columnist and arts critic. The following film des...