NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

Guido’s Chicago Meat and Deli opened in 1983 in a shopping center at Scottsdale and Shea roads and hasn’t budged since. “We got here right after the cowboys and Indians left,” joked owner Joe Guido. “They were riding horses behind the store when we got here.”  His eatery serves a variety of Italian items, from sandwiches and soups to dinners and in...

Federico Foods isn’t a convenience store to stop by for a gallon of milk and a loaf of Wonder bread. This is a fourth-generation family owned local business offering authentic imported Italian foods, a tradition of more than 90 years. Faithful patrons know what’s there — everything from pasta, cheese, cured meats, olive oil, spices, and bread and r...

When: Friday, April 30th - What: a concert recorded by Roberto Gatto "PerfectTrio" Presented by the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago On the occasion of International Jazz Day 2021, we are pleased to present a concert recorded for the Italian Cultural Institute in Chicago by Roberto Gatto "PerfectTrio." Listeners will be led into the world of e...

Luca and Lola Sema opened Luca Italian Cuisine in the Flats in 2013. Four years later, they expanded with Luca West in Westlake. Well, it’s four years later and, yes, a new restaurant is coming: Acqua di Luca, with plans to open around mid-May. The couple bought the former XO Prime Steakhouse in 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic but didn’t have...

The Capitanini family runs the oldest Italian restaurant in Chicago. For nearly 94 years, the Italian Village restaurants have been serving up Italian cuisine along with memories and tradition. The Capitanini family is one of Chicago’s Very Own.     “I remember I was nine or 10 years old in my little sailor suit and my dad had to seat customers and...

I don’t live anywhere near Bainbridge, so the inside of my car is a hot mess right now. That statement might not make a whole lot of sense until you, too, pick up a few pies from Pizzeria DiLauro, which opened mid-February in that sleepy little Geauga County township. The thought of letting those slices languish in their cardboard crypts for 25 min...

The Chicago Park District says it had the authority to remove a Columbus statue from a Near West Side park, despite an Italian American organization’s argument that a decades-old agreement proves it should have been consulted first. Park District spokeswoman Michele Lemons’ statement that “the District maintains it was within its rights to temporar...

A few years after opening, San Morello — located in Detroit’s Shinola Hotel — remains one of the downtown area’s most coveted dining spaces. Opened by award-winning chef and restaurateur Andrew Carmellini, the eatery brings the tastes and smells of southern Italy to Downtown Detroit. The driving force behind multiple restaurants across the country...

With over 90,000 local kids experiencing food insecurity, LaRosa’s has teamed up with long-time community partner Freestore Foodbank on a ten-week effort specifically to stock 60 school pantries in 20 counties throughout the Tri-State. A significant percentage of food-insecure children rely on free and reduced school meals, and for their families,...

The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans (JCCIA) said Mayor Lightfoot and the City of Chicago removed Christopher Columbus statues this past summer without jurisdiction. Attorneys for the JCCIA said they found paperwork from over fifty years ago, which included a signed agreement that stated, "The Park District will, in perpetuity, obtain the...

Join us on April 15 for an online event in celebration of the 2021 Giornata della Ricerca Italiana nel Mondo. At 2:00 pm EST, following a welcome greeting by Consul Maria Manca, we will screen the short documentary "Il sapore del futuro" (The Taste of the Future, 23 min.), produced by the National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci...

Mazzone & Sons Bakery is closed after decades of baking fresh goods in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood, as announced Thursday by another local business online. “It’s like we lost a friend,” Tony Campagna, who works at Gust Gallucci Italian Foods, a market that purchased baked goods from Mazzone’s for years, said. Gallucci’s published a Facebook post...