NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

It was all hands on deck when board member Joe Troiani presented an acclaimed PBS documentary at the museum on Dec. 7. “Heroes on Deck: World War II on Lake Michigan” tells the untold tale of a program that trained more than 15,000 carrier pilots off the shores of the Windy City during World War II. The training took place on a pair of coal-fired,...

Sunday, January 26, 2020, 2:00 p.m. Oak Park Public Library, Veterans’ Room, 834 Lake St., 60301 Tickets/Admission: Free (RSVP to info@italianamericantheatreofchicago.com is appreciated.) Join us for the dramatic reading of PASSAGGIO OSCURO (Dark Passage), by Rosemary FrisinoToohey, when the Italian American Theatre of Chicago kicks off its 2020 se...

Museum President Paul Basile couldn’t believe his ears. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame Executive Board Member and Legal Counsel Enrico Mirabelli was calling to inform him that the sports hall would be donating $5,000 to the museum! The remarkably generous bequest was given in memory of founder George Randazzo’s military service. Paul...

A new Italian bistro will open this weekend in Corydon, Indiana. You'll find Tavolo Italian Bistro, a venture of Southern Hospitality Group, at 204 E. Chestnut St. Bobby Bass, owner of Southern Hospitality Group, said the restaurant will be "casual and not pretentious" with a focus on its quality dishes. Southern Hospitality group started MESA: A C...

Sunday January 26 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm. Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, 1516 S Cranbrook Rd, Birmingham, MI 48009. Organizer: Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan. To mark Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, every year, the Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan organizes activities commemorating those Italians who suffered persecution under the...

Osteria Ottimo has served Italian cuisine in Orland Park for more than a decade. “We are a chef-driven restaurant,” said Laco Seeber, chef partner in Osteria Ottimo with owner-chef Patrick Concannon and owner-partner Stephanie Hansen. “We love really good food so we try to share that with our customers.” Here is the dish on this eatery, which marks...

Anger over the removal of several trees to make room for a new bocce ball court has prompted an Ohio mayor to announce he's slowing down the project for more study. The court in downtown Warren in northeastern Ohio is an important part of the city's annual Italian-American Heritage Festival, including money raised at the festival for scholarships,...

BB’s On North, a new pizza restaurant in the old Irie Zulu building at 7237 W. North Ave., is set to open this month.  The restaurant, which was originally to be called Cello's Pizza, will provide dine-in, take-out and delivery pizza and pasta along with a selection of wines.  Brothers Pietro and Mario Balistreri, who are both second-generation piz...

ELEGANTE Bespoke RIQUADRO - Snaidero USA’s luxury sideboard system designed by renowned Italian design studio, Mario Mazzer Architects - is a winner of the 2019 GOOD DESIGN™; the prestigious award bestowed by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design. RIQUADRO is the first freestanding furniture piece in the company’s product line an...

The October evening concludes with a loud, festive, Motown-themed reception on the riverfront, the first event at the new Robert C. Valade Park. And Adrian Tonon, true to his reputation, seems to be everywhere at once: a firm handshake here, an arm around the shoulder there, an intimate conversation, a whispered aside. When someone mentions the soi...

If you're worried about the delicious Palermo Villa pizza disappearing when Divino Wine and Dine, 2315 N. Murray Ave., closes on Jan. 31, you can rest easy, say new owners Peter Dietrich and Derek Nackers. "One of the conditions that we put into our agreement is that we were going to get the Palermo Villa recipe for the pizza," says Dietrich, "the...

È con grande entusiasmo che inizio il mio mandato come direttore dell'Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Chicago”. Così scrive Luca Di Vito che, attraverso la prima newsletter del 2020 dell’IIC di Chicago si presenta a connazionali e utenti dell’Istituto, dicendosi “onorato” di poter coordinare la promozione culturale nel Midwest, “collaborando con al...