NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

This week's Made in Chicago is a humble lemonade stand which has been delighting Chicagoans and visitors for 70 years. Since 1954, Mario's Italian Lemonade at 1068 W. Taylor Street has been serving up the sweet summer staple to generations of customers including David Buffer and Mishawn Davis-Eyene. “Great flavors and great prices,” Buffer said. “I...

Have you ever had a meal so good, you just can’t imagine life without it? A few years ago, locals stepped up to express their concerns when one neighborhood restaurant announced that it was closing. They rallied around the owner, helping him pull through the pandemic and keeping Scotti’s Italian Eatery open. For over 20 years now, this beloved rest...

Road courses can be some of the most challenging tracks for NASCAR drivers, and the Chicago Street Course is even more difficult than most. That’s why Trans Am Series and ARCA Series regular Thomas Annunziata will once again team up with JD Motorsports for an exciting NASCAR Xfinity Series race, and this time they’re headed to the windy city. The N...

The 2024 Italian American Cultural Club Scholarship Awards dinner was held June 12 at St. Florian Hall. The annual event is a highlight for the club, whose members celebrate the young people who have excelled in various areas throughout their years in school. The students are awarded for their efforts by the IACC and many donors. This year’s recipi...

Traditional, authentic recipes and clean ingredients are on the minds of consumers lately, and more businesses hope to bring that to the table. Andiamo Artisan Bakery, an Italian bakery, prides itself on bringing all that and more to Hamilton. Founder Vincent J. Palozzi started selling cookies out of his home to local Oxford businesses in fall 2017...

FX’s “The Bear” was, for many viewers, a first introduction to the deliciously messy Italian beef sandwich. In the show’s first season, Carmy (Jeremy Allen White) is a fine-dining chef who comes home to Chicago to take over the family’s beef stand following his brother’s death. The show, which returns Wednesday for its highly anticipated third seas...

The Modena Apennines in Emilia Romagna will be represented, albeit indirectly, at the now upcoming Paris Olympics. Indeed, on the U.S. Decathlon team will be a descendant on his mother's side of the Pasquesi lineage from Pievepelago. He is 31-year-old Zachery 'Zach' Ziemek, born in Itasca (Illinois), son of Victoria Pasquesi and grandson of Anthony...

The Detroit Pistons extended a qualifying offer to Simone Fontecchio, making him a restricted free agent. The Pistons announced the move Saturday ahead of NBA free agency. If Fontecchio receives an offer sheet next week or later this offseason, Detroit can match it and retain the 28-year-old Italian. The Pistons added Fontecchio in February from Ut...

One of the most thrilling and glamorous events in the Chicago-area Italian-American community is the contest to determine who will reign as La Bella Regina of the Columbus Day Parade. “Few events in the community can match the pageantry of the annual Columbus Day Queen pageant,” says Ron Onesti, president of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Ame...

Summertime in Chicago is in full effect, which means boating season for the luckiest of us. Boaters and lakefront enthusiasts alike can join in on the fun at the Venetian Night boat parade on Saturday, July 20, at Lake Michigan’s Monroe Harbor.  Organized by Chicago Yacht Association, the Italian American Human Relations Foundation and the Chicago...

The Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish will celebrate the 131st anniversary of its devotion to the Blessed Mother on July 14. Festivities will begin with a 7:30 a.m. Mass in English and a 9 a.m. solemn Mass in Italian, followed by a procession with the statue of the Blessed Mother to a noon field Mass. A procession through the streets of the parish af...

The Greater Youngstown Italian Fest has been canceled this year. “After much debate and discussion, the Italian American Foundation of Youngstown feels that we could not provide the successful and quality product … the Mahoning Valley has come to expect and so richly deserves,” John Rossetti, president of the festival, wrote in a Facebook post. “Pl...