NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

It is no secret that I am an Italian American, and a proud one at that. I was born on Taylor Street in Chicago’s “Little Italy.” Being a child of the early ’60s, I was fortunate enough to have experienced much of the music from the ’60s and ’70s now referred to as “Heritage Rock” and “Classic Rock.” But how I was really lucky was the fact that I ha...

Members of the Italian American Cultural Club came together to finalize plans for the upcoming Una Serata Italiana event. The fundraiser is scheduled to be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 2 at Froehlich’s Classic Corner, located at 501 Washington St. in Steubenville. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Translated to mean an Evening in Italy, those attending th...

Running for village clerk of Addison never crossed Lucille Zucchero’s mind, but the nine-term veteran of the position says that she has loved her job from day one. As liaison between the village’s staff and board of trustees, Zucchero has helped countless people navigate their way through a variety of issues.  After 35 years on the job, people reco...

Little Italian Pizza is in the know when it comes to dough. The restaurant, located at 373 East Bailey Rd., has been serving up slices of pizza and more since 1974, recently celebrating its 50th anniversary. Patrick Brioch, owner of Little Italian Pizza, has been involved in the pizza business for 23 years. He says one reason his restaurant has don...

Born in Chicago on April 1, 1923, Emil Garippo was the middle child of Emil and Jessie Tarsitano Garippo. The family lived on Arthington Street in Chicago’s Taylor Street Little Italy. Garippo’s paternal grandparents, from the area around Naples in Italy, and the Tarsitanos, from Calabria, lived next door to one another. Garippo grew up among grand...

Town President Larry Dominick and the Town of Cicero Board of Trustees on Tuesday, July 9, 2024, commemorated the 25th Anniversary of the Del Galdo Law Group LLC and its principle attorney Michael T. De Galdo. The board unanimously approved a proclamation honoring Del Galdo for his nearly 20 years of service as the Town Attorney for the Town of Cic...

From World War II veteran and accomplished dentist to community leader and generous philanthropist, Dr. Sam Cascio has seemingly done it all. And yet, as he approaches 100, he remains a lively and active member of his community. Cascio was born on Aug. 27, 1924, to Joseph and Josephine Cascio. His father was born in Baltimore, Maryland, while his m...

The skies above the Chicago lakefront will be painted green, white and red this month when the Frecce Tricolori pays an aerial visit. The legendary military aerobatic team will put on a show at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 27, to the east of Navy Pier, followed by a reservations-only reception. The event is being hosted by the Joint Civic Committee of...

The Columbus Park neighborhood was once Kenosha’s Little Italy. “It was all Italians that lived in this neighborhood,” Kenosha native Tom Rizzo said. “I could probably go down each one of these homes and tell you which family lived in it.” Rizzo is the longtime chairman of the Mount Carmel Festival, celebrating its 75th Diamond Jubilee this weekend...

The St. Rocco – St. Anthony Society of Ishpeming is set to host its quasquicentennial Italian Fest on July 27 at the Al Quaal Recreation Area in Ishpeming. This event is to help Italian-Americans celebrate St. Rocco and St. Anthony, but also a time for the community to gather to enjoy Italian food, listen to local music and enjoy family said event...

It was with great joy that Fr. James Mayer, O.de M., Pastor of St. Rocco parish and school in Cleveland, blessed the newly placed building cornerstones on June 5, as major, campus-wide construction projects near completion. School students and staff were on hand to celebrate this important milestone. Thanks largely to a generous donation from Tom J...

If you love a good fast food hot dog or are curious about what it tastes like when you blend an entire slice of chocolate cake into a shake, you've probably heard of Portillo's. The Illinois-based chain has become a staple spot for many that offer Chicago-style street food. Whether you're looking for tourist trap restaurants that are actually reall...