NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

by Nikitta Foston   Thousands gathered at a church in suburban Chicago on Wednesday to visit a display holding the remains of Maria Goretti, an 11-year-old Italian girl who became the Roman Catholic Church's youngest saint. The skeleton of Goretti, who was stabbed to death during an attempted rape in 1902, was encased in a wax statue ly...

At 12 p.m., a fresh batch of caramel gelato is being prepared in the backroom of Golosi Gelato Café while a couple orders Italian coffee in the dining area. By 1 p.m., the chef receives a phone call for a bulk order of gelato for a same-day party while another pair of customers orders in store.   "My customers know me, and they trust me," co...

by Gillian Dunlop While some simply associate Columbus Day with a day off of school or western exploration, for sophomore in FAA Thereza Lituma Columbus Day represents the genocide of thousands of Native Americans and Indigenous peoples. The Native American and Indigenous Student Organization, NAISO, which Lituma is president of, started a petitio...

For the "Anno della Cultura Italiana" the Cleveland Museum of Art is doing some big things. Greater Clevelanders are so lucky to have such a prominent art museum filled with some of the world's most celebrated masterpieces. We don't have to travel to New York or Paris to view Van Gogh, Degas or Monet, just to name a few. And the museum continues to...

The Induction Committee of the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame (NIASHF) announced today the inductees for the Class of 2013. This year's class includes: former Chicago Blackhawk Eddie Olczyk, who played 17 seasons in the NHL, accumulated almost 800 points, and was elected to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012; Johnny Antonelli, fiv...

By John Ruane Sometimes you attend an event and the thought of it is gone the next day. Sometimes it stays with you, like Doug Buffone's wake and funeral. Having grown up in the 1960s in Chicago, the teams of that era were best known for two players, Dick Butkus and Gayle Sayers.   They were incredible football players and so much fun...

Festa Italiana, presented by Calypso Lemonades, is calling upon foodies everywhere to participate in its second Chef's Choice Recipe Contest taking place Sunday, July 19 in the Cucina Showcase. Beginning now through June 15, 2015, Festa Italiana is accepting Italian appetizer ("antipasti") recipe submissions by email or by mail. After the June 15...

by Lou Carlozo   DiPieroYou've got answers? Frank DiPiero has questions: lots of them. An affable and curious guy by nature, DiPiero has turned pride in his Italian-American identity into a shared Internet radio experience with a light-hearted name: "Keepin' It Real with Frankie D."   For him, it marks another step in his effort to pr...

Date: Monday, February 29, 2016 Hours: 6:00 p.m. Site: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago - 500 N Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611 Organized by: In collaboration with: in collaboration with the Rossini Opera Festival of Pesaro. https://tributetorossini.eventbrite.com On the occasion of the birth of the great composer born in Pesaro on Febr...

Growing up in Chicago, the concept of running a farm in Wisconsin never crossed Mary Ann Bellazzini's mind. "However, my grandparents did have small garden plots in the city where they raised tomatoes, lettuce and herbs, so I remember washing lots of lettuce growing up," she said, noting her grandparents also made wine.   Now she and he...

Open since December 2, Eataly, the larger-than-life castle of consumption, has become the buzz not only in Chicago but the entire Midwest. No one, even Eataly bigwigs Mario Batali, Joe and Lidia Bastianich, or Adam and Alex Saper, could have predicted the amount of popularity this Italian emporium has garnered thus far.   Due to 120,000 visi...

Glen Ellyn village board trustees discussed options for food trucks in its downtown during a recent meeting, according to media reports.   The owner of an Italian ice cart recently requested a spot downtown and the discussion among trustees has centered around how Glen Ellyn should handle such requests and if food carts "affect brick-and-mor...