NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

People living in St. Charles regard the Fox River as an important resource, something the owner of Salerno’s on the Fox on the bank of the river understood immediately. Oak Brook resident Adam Salerno, 73, has run the iconic restaurant at 320 N. Second St. in St. Charles since 1975. “There was a real estate agent in St. Charles – she was a friend o...

The oldest of three sons, Anthony Pucillo was born in Chicago to Ernest and Theresa (FioRito) Pucillo. The family lived in the Jane Adams Projects on Taylor Street until Pucillo was 5 years old. “We moved around quite a bit,” he says. Both parents were born in Chicago, and his grandparents emigrated from Sicily and Calabria. A “very good cook,” Puc...

Years ago, Wendy Popko imagined creating illustrations that would come to life but could never find the technology to do it. Now that she's discovered the magic of augmented reality (AR) she can't wait for the public to see the mural she's been commissioned to create on the wall of Ventimiglia Italian Foods for the Sterling Heights Public Art Progr...

Miko’s Italian Ice has opened for the season. Both Miko’s locations — at 2236 N. Sacramento Ave. in Logan Square and 4125 N. Kimball Ave. in Irving Park — opened for walk-up service Friday. The locations are open noon-6 p.m. daily, weather permitting, but co-owner Zach Roombos encouraged neighbors to check Miko’s website or social media pages befor...

Board members for the Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival officially declared Thursday night that this year’s event will proceed at Heritage Port in Wheeling. Members of the event’s board of directors met at what was described as a “lively” meeting Thursday evening, discussing options and eventually electing to move forward with the wildly...

The Department of Romance and Classical Studies is very pleased to celebrate Maria Silva, Italian Minor in RCS, for her fully-funded acceptance to the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Ph.D. Program in Italian. This program is notable for having a large focus on interdisciplinary studies, i.e. bridging art history with Italian language and culture,...

A walk through Cleveland’s Little Italy in 2021 allows visitors to time travel through a history of Cleveland if they know where to look. It’s why the Little Italy Redevelopment Corporation is working on an updated neighborhood plan to better guide developers so future projects in the neighborhood reflect what the community wants. Buildings that ha...

Robert Allegrini, the longest-serving member of the Milan-Chicago Sister City Committee, was named its co-chairman at the Chicago Sister Cities board meeting in February. First appointed to the committee by Mayor Richard M. Daley in 1989, Allegrini has served under more than half a dozen committee chairs and worked with eight different Milan mayors...

As a longtime vacationer in Frankfort, there were many times Ed Carrella walked along Main Street and wished there was a classic Italian restaurant – someplace where the flavors of olive oil, garlic and herbs married in the Old World tastes he remembered from his own family’s early restaurant days. Carrella just never imagined he’d be the one openi...

On March 14, 1891, 11 Sicilian immigrants who had been falsely accused of murdering the police chief of New Orleans were shot and hung by a mob of thousands in the largest mass lynching in American history. The 130th anniversary of that dark day was marked in Chicago with a moving commemoration in Arrigo Park hosted by the Joint Civic Committee of...

Columbus Day 2020 was particularly special for the Italian American community of Northeast Ohio.  On this day, the Italian American Museum of Cleveland (IAMCLE) was established.  Hon. Basil M. Russo, National President of the Italian Sons & Daughters of America, and Hon. Deborah J. Nicastro, Board Chair of the Italian American Museum of Cleveland,...

Boscoreale City Seal was just recently engraved in the heart of the Superman Brick of Fame in Metropolis, Illinois, United States brought to the States thanks to the personal efforts and far-sightedness act of Italian - American artist originally born in the lands of Vesuvius, who grew up as world citizen: Veronica Vitale and film Director Patrick...