NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

by Brian Manzullo   Today, Kirk Cousins is an ascending starting quarterback for the NFL's Washington Redskins. Before that, though, he was a Michigan State Spartan -- and he isn't even close to forgetting where he came from.   Cousins - who started for MSU from 2009-11, winning 11 games his senior season and going unbeaten again...

The music of The Four Seasons — even as it enthralled a new generation of fans through the hit musical "Jersey Boys" — also marks a point of pride for Italian Americans, as the group's original lineup boasts Italian roots through and through. There's just one problem, though: When "Jersey Boys" ended its wildly successful Chicago run, demand t...

By Paul Gores The highly anticipated opening of Wisconsin's first Portillo's restaurant is set for Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. The diner-themed restaurant, 17685 W. Blue Mound Road in Brookfield, closes at 10:30 p.m. Nick Scarpino, spokesman for the Chicago-based restaurant chain, said a few customers camped out overnight before Portillo's ope...

Casa Italia will present its 10th annual "IA Literati: A Celebration of Italian American Authors from the Chicago Area" on from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on June 6 in the Italian Cultural Center, 1621 N 39th Ave, Stone Park. According to chairman Dominic Candeloro, "Our writers shape public opinion and the image of Italian Americans. We need to supp...

Festa Italiana will be held on Taylor Street at Ashland Avenue Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 13 through 16, 5 to 10 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday.   There will be food, music, games, contests and a procession from the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii to the festa following the 11 a.m....

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 Contest," says JCCIA Executive Director Jo Ann Serpico. "The queen will be...

The American Association for Justice (AAJ) has appointed personal injury attorney, Antonio M. Romanucci, as Chair of the Police Misconduct Litigation group, effective July 12, 2015. Mr. Romanucci also serves as Chair-Elect of the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group and was elected to a three year term as one of AAJ's PAC Trustees this year. &n...

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2015 Hours: 6:00 p.m. Site: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago - 500 N Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611 In collaboration with: https://neorealism.eventbrite.com A discussion with the Director David Lee Morea and Alberto Zambenedetti, Professor of Cinema Studies at Oberlin College Neorealism - Screening...

By Jeanne Starmack   They gathered on West Wilson Street in front of the Italian Fraternal Home on Wednesday morning, as they had for so many years past.   About 30 to 40 people filed in behind members of the St. Margaret's Blue Coats Band, which would lead them up Wilson, across State Street and down to St. Rose Church. There, they w...

Mequon has never been one of the area's most exciting dining destinations, but a recent addition to the area gives Milwaukeeans a reason to travel north.   Salotto Zarletti, 1515 W. Mequon Rd., which opened this past May, bears only a vague resemblance to its sister restaurant, Zarletti's in Downtown Milwaukee.   Read more   So...

Join the Chicagoland Italian American Charitable Organization on February 27th as they host the 3rd Friday Night Fights at the Medinah Shriners Hall found at 550 N. Shriners Dr. (off Swift and Army trail Rd.).   Doors will open at 6 pm. The card begins around 7 pm. Food and beverages will be available for sale. Tickets are available starting...

The newly formed Chicagoland Italian American Professionals will present their first annual La Festa dei Cuccidati from 2 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 17 in the Chandelier Room at Casa Italia in Stone Park. The event will feature a baking demonstration of the traditional Sicilian Christmas fig cookie with information provided about its history and origin. &n...