NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

A growing Ferrara Candy is building a new distribution complex in DeKalb that is expected to employ 500 people by spring of next year. The Chicago-based candy company, which is investing more than $100 million in the project, will be DeKalb’s largest industrial employer once the complex is complete, a transformative development for the college to...

When I left behind my hometown, a suburb west of Chicago, for life in New York City, I said goodbye to those I love most: my family, friends, and... Portillo's. But now, the iconic Chi-town chain is bringing its beloved Italian beef sandwiches, crinkle cut fries, and chocolate cake shakes across the United States.  That is, Portillo's is taking its...

In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is observed on January 27, the Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan organizes activities commemorating those Italians who suffered persecution under the Nazi occupation during World War II and as a result of the Racial Laws imposed by the Fascist government.  This year the Dante, in collaboration with the...

Former Cubs player Carmen Fanzone still has fond memories of his time in the Windy City. “When I was there, if people found out you played for the Cubs, you were treated like royalty,” the 78-year-old Fanzone says. Sadly, the same cannot be said of Major League Baseball and the union representing today’s players, the Major League Baseball Players’...

GUCCI GETS IN THE GAME: With a psychedelic-looking GG basketball, a West Loop pop-up shop and even a Gucci-themed pin showing up on Google Maps, Gucci is all set to kick off the NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago on Friday. Located at 160 North Morgan Street, the pop-up will feature the Italian fashion house’s rainbow-colored GG Psychedelic Collection...

Valentine’s Day inspires some of this week’s programming, notably Apollo’s Fire’s performances of “L’Amore — An Old Italian Valentine” beginning on Thursday, February 13 at 7:30 pm at First Methodist Church in Akron. Violinists Olivier Brault, Alan Choo, Adriane Post, and Carrie Krause will pair off in a few of Vivaldi’s concertos for two violins,...

Retired Army Col. Renato Bacci has been elected by the board of directors to helm the Italian American Veterans Museum. Joining him as officers are retired Navy Commander Joseph Troiani as first vice president, retired Army Maj. Lorenzo Fiorentino as second vice president, Army veteran Mark DiSanto third vice president, Steve Corbo as treasurer, Eu...

An Italian wine festival complete with vintners, a tasting of Spanish wines and other seminars are coming up at Waterford Wine & Spirits on the east side. Vino della Grazia, the Italian Wine Festival — Winemakers representing wines from across Italy will be at the festival. Among the wine estates represented will be Azienda Agricola Silvio Grasso, ...

Commedia dell’arte maestro Antonio Fava will present a two-day workshop and a brand-new one-man show in Chicago in February. The visit will be hosted by Laughing Stock Theatre, a newly formed “Chicago-style” commedia dell’arte company fresh off a summer studying in Italy with Fava. The legendary teacher, actor, director and mask-maker will perform...

Former Michigan State University President John DiBiaggio died Feb. 1 at the age of 87, university officials announced Thursday. DiBiaggio was a first-generation college student who grew up in Detroit and went on to become president of three universities, including MSU, where he was the school's top official from 1985 to 1992. Many leaders depicted...

Flowers of Italy Club President has announced that Chicago businessman Frank Di Piero will be honored as the Man of the Year at the club’s 59 th annual Dinner Dance at 6:30 p.m. on March 28, 2020, at Villa Brunetti Banquet Hall, in Franklin Park. “I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Flowers of Italy Club for this tremendous honor,” said D...

CincItalia is Cincinnati’s true celebration of Italian heritage. The three-day festival (Harvest Home Park - 3961 N Bend Rd, Cheviot, OH 45211) showcases Italian culture – offering entertainment from local and national music acts, cooking demonstrations, carnival rides, games, and authentic cuisine prepared by Italian restaurants and Cincinnati’s I...