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Monday October 12 2020 at 10:00 CDT. Arrigo Park, 801 S Loomis St, Chicago, IL 60607. Join us as we celebrate this Columbus Day, Monday, October 12 at 10:00 a.m. at Arrigo Park in Chicago's Little Italy. Our petition drive and support is growing each day and it's symbolic in that more than half of our signatures thus far are from other ethnicities...

Will Oct. 12 be Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples' Day in Oakland County? That might depend on who you ask. The Oakland County Board of Commissioners, in an 11-10 vote Wednesday, approved a resolution making Oct. 12 Indigenous Peoples’ Day, which celebrates Native American people and their culture. That’s the day normally reserved for honoring the...

Peoria's Christopher Columbus statue will soon be gone. The park district board voted 4-2 Wednesday night to remove the statue from Bradley Park, and replace it with green space. Board members Nancy Snowden and Joseph Cassidy voted no. Cassidy said people living in the Uplands nearby want another statue or work of art to replace Columbus instead of...

Many of the thousands of people who visit Camp Perry each year for its national matches and marksmanship programs may be surprised to learn that Camp Perry served as a prisoner of war camp during World War II. Even those who know may be stunned to learn that the prisoners didn’t live under the harsh conditions expected of a prison holding Nazis. Pr...

Cirque italia, a traveling Italian water circus, will have shows at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24 and 25; 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26; and 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Colony Square Mall. This year clowns will act as pilot and co-pilot to take you on a journey around the globe. Plan to make stops in more than eight countries including Mexico, France...

Chef/owner Tony Priolo was blunt about the prospects of Nonnina, one of his three restaurants (Piccolo Sogno and Maillard Tavern are the others). “We were overextended, and about to lose Nonnina,” he said. “But then Friedman Properties stepped in and said, 'Let’s figure out a way to save it.” Thus began a creative joint venture between Priolo’s com...

My parents brought me to America when I was 8 years old. Like all other Italian immigrants, they were incredibly proud to become American citizens. They learned English along with the history of this great country as they looked forward to the opportunities that lay ahead. Still, they never forgot where they came from and always made our Italian he...

Toluca is a city of less than 1,500 citizens, and yet it has twin Italian restaurants of wide renown located within a short city block of each other. When you mention it to someone not from central or north-central Illinois, they tend to give you a suspicious, doubtful look. That’s only because they’ve never been to Mona’s or Capponi’s. Mona’s – th...

The Old Neighborhood Italian American Club will host a South Side Italian American Proud and Positive Rally at 2 p.m. on Sept. 19. The club is located at 3031 S. Shields Ave., Chicago. Masks and social distancing will be required. Billed by National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame President Ron Onesti as a “celebration of our culture and a sal...

Joel Piedra spent most of his career at Sabatino’s, starting at the beloved Old Irving Park restaurant as a teenager and working his way up to become the chef for 30 years until it closed in 2018. Now, Piedra is striking out on his own. He is set to open his own restaurant, Avvio American Italian Kitchen, later this month in Irving Park alongside h...

Mission Point’s fine-dining Italian restaurant Chianti is set to open for the season this weekend under the direction of the resort’s new executive chef, Adrian Diday. The late-season opening means fall travelers will be able to make reservations for a specially-curated, five-course prix fixe menu. Some of the options include oysters, zucchini frit...

Congratulations to Rose Carmel Goddard and Miranda Manzo, winners of this year’s FADM Merit Scholarship.  Each of these exceptional young women received $1000 to pursue her studies. Rose Carmel is a University of Michigan Senior majoring in Movement Science in the School of Kinesiology. She is the daughter of Michael and Catherine (Calvano) Goddard...