NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

The Little Italy neighborhood in Chicago might be small, but it proudly holds onto its strong Italian heritage. Set between the two University of Illinois campuses near the west side, Little Italy once was the epicenter of the Italian community in Chicago.   Although the old neighborhood is now partly filled with college students, visitors c...

Jim Milano, of Milano Monuments, and Trevor Behm, of Behm Monument & Granite Company, announced that Behm has joined Milano's family of companies. Behm's two locations, in Geneva and Madison, have become Milano affiliates.   "We're very excited to join forces with Behm Monument & Granite Company," says Milano. "They have a long histo...

Harris Theater (205 E. Randolph, 312-334-7777) will transform its lobbies into an Italian marketplace at 6 p.m. Dec. 3 during its Chicago debut of "Guillaume Tell" (William Tell). Italy's Teatro Regio Torino is performing the final opera by Gioachino Rossini. The Italian marketplace pays homage to the composer, who was also a gourmet. Before the 7...

by Teri Maddox   The timing is a little off, but Collinsville will celebrate the Italian Carnevale during this weekend's Italian Fest. "It's the Italian equivalent of the French Mardi Gras," said Wendi Valenti, director of Collinsville Chamber of Commerce. "It's not really Carnevale because that comes before Lent, but the theme is fun w...

Beginning on Wednesday, the Michigan State University Opera Theater will open a four-performance run of the delightful comic opera, "The Elixir of Love" by Donizetti. Director of the company and stage director of this production, Melanie Helton, has asked Marcello Cormio to conduct the opera.   Cormio, whose long, wavy black hair fulfil...

Come spend an evening in Italy! Enjoy the local premieres of four recent, critically-acclaimed Italian films at the 2013 Italian Film Festival USA of Chicago. All films shown in Italian with English subtitles at the Chandelier Room of the Italian Cultural Center at Casa Italia. Sponsored by Casa Italia and the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago....

The Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago,the 49th Chicago International Film Festival, and Cinecittà Luce cordially invite you to   An Evening with Toni Servillo "Best Italian stage and screen actor of his generation" - New York Times Sunday June 23, 2013AMC River East 21 (322 E Illinois St) 5:30 PM Film screening of IL DIVOIn-person t...

By Aimee Thompson When you think of Chicago's Little Italy, it's hard not to think about food. Italian food to be exact. And, that's for good reason as Italian restaurants abound - up and down Taylor Street from Morgan St. to the east and Ashland Ave. to the west.   But, while it's always best to arrive in Little Italy with an empty stomach...

By Kristen Yates   From Brooklyn, to Italy, to right here in Noblesville, Vito Ruggieri is bringing his authentic Italian cuisines in his restaurant, V's Pizza & Pasta.   Ruggieri was born in Brooklyn, but raised in Italy. At 17, he returned to America to follow his dreams. Ever since he can remember, he has been in love with food...

The Stark County Fairgrounds was the place to find stromboli on Saturday.If you arrived early enough, it also was the place to check out a Lamborghini sports car and see an authentic Italian marching band. The 28th annual Stark County Italian American Festival wrapped up on Saturday. It offered three days of entertainment centered on the heritage...

Tony Ciccone, co-owner ofCiccone Vineyard and Winery, talks with Greening of the Great Lakes host,Kirk Heinze, about the challenges faced by the wine industry and its impact on Michigan's economy.   Michigan apple growers may have benefited from the low temperatures during the winter of 2014, but grape growers and wine producers did not. The...

Intonarumori: Orchestra of Futurist Noise Intoners conducted by Luciano Chessa. Presented in collaboration with Consulate of Italy in Detroit and Honorary Consulate of Italy in Cleveland "Today, noise triumphs and reigns supreme over the sensibility of men," Russolo wrote in "The Art of Noises," a Futurist manifesto of 1913. Luigi Russolo (1885 -...