NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

Abbiocco Italian Cuisine and Luna Kitchen + Cocktails can be found off of IN-49 at 600 Gateway Boulevard. The unique restaurant and bar are held under one roof. Well, that is if Luna being on the rooftop counts. These two restaurants allow for two different dining experiences in one. “Whether you’re coming from the beach, or you are coming for an a...

You can get a taste of more than 25 different Italian meats, pastas, salads and desserts at the Holy Rosary Italian Street Festival. Lisa Meister, kitchen team lead of the Holy Rosary Italian Street Festival Committee, joined us today to show how some of the festival favorites are made. She says they’re also looking for volunteers. Here’s more from...

The mammoth Guardians of Traffic, sculpted with an Art Deco flair on four Berea sandstone pylons, have been overseeing the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge, otherwise known as the Hope Memorial Bridge, since 1932. They’re locally iconic, but this past week the statues were cast in a national spotlight as sports pundits and MLB fans weighed in when Cleveland...

Festa Italiana is bringing a parade and all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner to Gary's lakefront Miller neighborhood. A parade down Lake Street from East Third Avenue to Miller Avenue will take place at 3 p.m. on Aug. 7. A double-decker bus, the Jesse White Tumblers from Chicago, motorcycles and antique cars all will likely take part in the procession...

The Lucca Grill, in downtown Bloomington at 116 E. Market St., is the first pick for the Pantagraph's new feature on restaurants and bars of the week. Lucca Grill is a locally owned Italian-American restaurant. It was founded in 1936 by the Baldini brothers, Fred and John, but is now owned by Tony Smith and John Koch. While Lucca has a wide variety...

Dottoressa Marina Lenza is the new director of the Education Office of the Italian Consulate of Chicago. Lenza was born near l’Aquila in the Parco Nazionale del Gran Sasso e dei Monti della Laga, the largest mountainous area of Abruzzo. She graduated from La Sapienza, the University of Rome, and has held roles in the Ministry of Education as a teac...

Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you. Woo, woo, woo. What’s that you say, Mrs. Robinson? Joltin’ Joe has left and gone away. Hey, hey, hey.” Simon & Garfunkel sang those words more than half a century ago, and DiMaggio died in 1999. But the words have taken on a literal meaning again – as a statue of Joltin’ Joe...

Mount Carmel Basilica hosted its Italian fest Sunday evening in a different way. Normally, the fest is held in the church’s parking lot. When the event was planned in January, the church wanted to be safe with the pandemic. So instead, they held a concert in the church’s event center for their parishioners. “Monsignor wanted to bring people back in...

Hundreds of people gathered at a park in Little Italy on Sunday afternoon to demand that the three Christopher Columbus statues that were removed last summer be put back. During the rally at Arrigo Park, Italian American leaders called on Mayor Lori Lightfoot to return the statue that was removed from the park one year ago. A second statue was rem...

Fire has always meant a little more in Chicago than nightmares of lapping flames. Here, it evokes rebirth, reinvention, a certain bootstrap-ism even amid daunting circumstances. How fitting, then, that fire welds together the works headlining the inaugural Opera Festival of Chicago, 150 years after that cataclysm stopped the city in its tracks. You...

What was taken down can be PUT BACK UP. What was destroyed can be REBUILT. We can start the healing process now with our Italian American leaders doing what's right for our Little Italy, by returning the Joe DiMaggio statue to its dedicated Piazza on Taylor and Bishop, that's been desolate for over 2 1/2 years now. The last thing Chicago's Little I...

After a year hiatus, Festa Italiana returns to Naper Settlement with lower admission prices, lots of food and a lineup of popular bands. “We’ve had some exciting changes this year. This year it’s free until 5 (p.m.). And if you’re a Naperville resident it’s $5 all weekend long with proof of residency and $10 for anybody after 5 o’clock,” said Miche...