NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

By Maureen O'Donnell Fred Piattoni operated seven Powder Puff hair salons, headed a top cosmetologists' association and helped draw as many as 80,000 people to Chicago for the nation's second-largest beauty show.   During his career, he witnessed explosive growth in the beauty business, thanks to postwar prosperity, product innovations and...

By Vikki Ortiz Healy and Joseph Ruzich Stella Albano's Pizzeria in Cicero reopened Friday, serving up giant pizza puffs, spinach, onion and mushroom pizzas and Italian beef sandwiches the way it has for 25 years, because that's what Giovanni Donancricchia — known as "Pa" to his children who will take turns running the place in his absence — would...

by Alicia LeGrand-Riniker   Investigating your family history has become a popular activity, but not every search leads to an international partnership. Amber Dhesse of Spring Valley loved her grandmother, but when her grandmother passed away Dhesse felt the loss. Soon Dhesse found herself connecting with family she never knew she had....

Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - Hours: 6:00 p.m. - Site: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago - 500 N Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611 Five Thousand Stories of Italian Migration from the Mountains of Bologna and Modena to America at the Turn of the Twentieth Century: a book presentation by Pier Giorgio Ardeni   This...

Linda Jennings, director of the History Room at the Herrin City Library, can trace the lineage of many of the Italian families in Herrin and Energy to the tiny northern Italian village of Cuggiono, just west of Milan. At the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries, more than 5,000 immigrants left Cuggiono, searching for better live...

January 20, 2016 - Wednesday 6:00 PM - Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago - 500 N Michigan Avenue, Suite 1450 - Chicago, Illinois 60611. On the occasion of Lyric Opera's upcoming production of Nabucco conducted by Maestro Carlo Rizzi, The Italian Cultural Institute, in collaboration with Lyric Opera of Chicago, presents...

Anthony Guida took over as president of the Italian American Labor Council of Greater Chicago in January 2015. A member since 2007 and a director since 2008, Guida was drawn to the organization by what it represents and accomplishes, and the sense of family and charity that the organization fosters.   "Our mission is to help Italian American...

For the third year in a row, the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans will stage the Columbus Day Parade on its old stomping ground: State Street. "I'm proud that one of my legacies will be to return the Columbus Day Parade to State Street," JCCIA President Frank Cerrone says. According to JCCIA Executive Director JoAnn Serpico, the eve...

Domenica prossima il Ctim Nord America si ritroverà a Chicago per celebrare la Festa della Repubblica. Un'occasione "estremamente significativa", spiegano dalla Direzione del Comitato Tricolore, "dal momento che dopo alcuni anni è proprio il CTIM a farsi promotore di una così rilevante iniziativa per i colori italiani.   Dopo il Consola...

"Cuciniamo con Samanta" now scheduled for first week of March! Get ready to dive right in the Italian language and culture with this journey through the flavors of il Bel Paese! Italian language and cooking classes have never been so good !! Spots are very limited; call or register online Thursday 26 February!!!   COURSE DESCR...

CIAP #15 Presents Spring Networking and Beer Tasting Eataly Style. The board of directors of CIAP in conjunction with Eataly Chicago are excited to present this year's first event, Spring networking and Beer tasting led by one of Chicago's foremost brewmasters, Eric Dixon. Eric will explain Eataly's unique approach to brewing "Italian Style" b...

More than 400 members, honorees and guests gathered on April 16 at Alta Villa Banquets in Addison for CIACO's annual Honor and Hope Gala. This year's gala honored Humanitarian of the Year John McCallion. In addition, 20 scholarships were awarded to college-bound students who qualified based on financial need and academic achievement. The event als...