NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

Cirque italia, a traveling Italian water circus, will have shows at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24 and 25; 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26; and 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Colony Square Mall. This year clowns will act as pilot and co-pilot to take you on a journey around the globe. Plan to make stops in more than eight countries including Mexico, France...

Chef/owner Tony Priolo was blunt about the prospects of Nonnina, one of his three restaurants (Piccolo Sogno and Maillard Tavern are the others). “We were overextended, and about to lose Nonnina,” he said. “But then Friedman Properties stepped in and said, 'Let’s figure out a way to save it.” Thus began a creative joint venture between Priolo’s com...

My parents brought me to America when I was 8 years old. Like all other Italian immigrants, they were incredibly proud to become American citizens. They learned English along with the history of this great country as they looked forward to the opportunities that lay ahead. Still, they never forgot where they came from and always made our Italian he...

Toluca is a city of less than 1,500 citizens, and yet it has twin Italian restaurants of wide renown located within a short city block of each other. When you mention it to someone not from central or north-central Illinois, they tend to give you a suspicious, doubtful look. That’s only because they’ve never been to Mona’s or Capponi’s. Mona’s – th...

The Old Neighborhood Italian American Club will host a South Side Italian American Proud and Positive Rally at 2 p.m. on Sept. 19. The club is located at 3031 S. Shields Ave., Chicago. Masks and social distancing will be required. Billed by National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame President Ron Onesti as a “celebration of our culture and a sal...

Joel Piedra spent most of his career at Sabatino’s, starting at the beloved Old Irving Park restaurant as a teenager and working his way up to become the chef for 30 years until it closed in 2018. Now, Piedra is striking out on his own. He is set to open his own restaurant, Avvio American Italian Kitchen, later this month in Irving Park alongside h...

Mission Point’s fine-dining Italian restaurant Chianti is set to open for the season this weekend under the direction of the resort’s new executive chef, Adrian Diday. The late-season opening means fall travelers will be able to make reservations for a specially-curated, five-course prix fixe menu. Some of the options include oysters, zucchini frit...

Congratulations to Rose Carmel Goddard and Miranda Manzo, winners of this year’s FADM Merit Scholarship.  Each of these exceptional young women received $1000 to pursue her studies. Rose Carmel is a University of Michigan Senior majoring in Movement Science in the School of Kinesiology. She is the daughter of Michael and Catherine (Calvano) Goddard...

Joining fellow Italian prospect Leonardo Seminati in the Cincinnati Reds organization, Nicolò Pinazzi signed a minor-league contract to play professional baseball. Wearing an International Stars t-shirt while posing with Cincinnati Reds scout Sal Varriale, Nicolò Pinazzi was all smiles behind his mask knowing that he will begin his quest to become...

Continue on the journey discovering True Italian flavours with our ONLINE cooking event "ALL YOU NEED IS COOKING" focusing on Authentic ingredients from the region of Tuscany presented by the Italian American Chamber of Commerce Midwest in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Assocamerestero and Coco Paz...

The 15th annual edition of the Cleveland Italian Film Festival will proceed in 2020 in a reduced capacity after initial plans to cancel due to Covid-19. Four Italian films will be screened on Thursday evenings from Sept. 17 to Oct. 8 at the Atlas Eastgate Cinemas in Mayfield Heights. Festival founder Joyce Mariani said that usually, efforts are mad...

Ever since he was a young boy, Anthony Ippolito has had a soccer ball at his feet. Soccer is a staple in the Ippolito family, and Anthony has loved playing the game for quite a long time. Anthony displays his passion for the pitch as a member of the boys’ soccer team at Guilford High School, where he is about to begin his senior year. “I’ve been pl...