NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

Eataly is one of the more epic dining experiences in Chicago — with more than 60,000 square feet of Italian goodies, there’s pretty much something for every taste. But I’ve always experienced a sort of bittersweet edge to my shopping there. Since I never remember to go in with a real grocery shopping plan, I use Eataly more as a museum of beautiful...

The University of Notre Dame is delaying its plan to cover up 19th century murals depicting Christopher Columbus in America that have long been criticized for their stereotypical images of Native Americans and blacks submissively posing before white European explorers. The Catholic university based in South Bend, Indiana, announced in January that...

Sometimes there are evenings where the food and wine are simply perfect, both on their own and especially when paired together. Those nights are unforgettable. One such evening I was fortunate enough to participate in was a special Sassicaia dinner at Vivere restaurant at the Italian Village in Chicago. The Italian Village is celebrating its 92nd y...

On November 27, Dr. Philip Todaro will lay down his stethoscope, close the doors of his office and retire after 46 years of serving the medical needs of many in the Bainbridge and Decatur County area. Dr. Phil grew up in Italy, where he received his preliminary and advanced education in Sicily. Then, in 1959 he emigrated from Palermo to Detroit, M...

A little more than three months after the passing of founder George Randazzo of Bloomingdale, the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame will hold its annual awards gala in his honor Saturday night in Rosemont. But the organization faces an uncertain future as volunteers try to fill the void left by Randazzo, the group's chief cheerleader an...

Sometimes you leave a theater thinking to yourself: “Wow. I just saw something very special that I will never forget.” Such was the case watching Opera Modo perform La Gioconda at the The War Memorial in Gross Pointe Farms. This opera company, which has been surprising and delighting audiences big and small for a few years now, has blown the doors...

When: Friday, November 22nd at 6pm - Where: Italian Cultural Institute - 500 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1450 Presented on the occasion of the 4th edition of the Week of Italian Cuisine in the World. The theme of this year's Italian Cuisine Week, which will take place from November 18-24, 2019, is Food Education: The Culture of Taste. This yearly initiat...

The Greater Rockford Italian American Association recently honored Frank Perrecone and Frank Fiorello at its annual Hall of Fame and Special Recognition Awards Banquet held at the Venetian Club. Perrecone, the principal at Ferolie & Perrecone law firm, was inducted into GRIAA’s Hall of Fame. Perrecone is a former chairperson of GRIAA and a long-tim...

It was only a few months into my tenure as the Free Press restaurant critic when I realized that — wait — maybe my job was actually, improbably, somehow even better than I imagined. I was sitting in a conference room with two of my editors who wanted to check in to see how I was settling in. During our wide-ranging conversation, I casually mentione...

"Author Peter Pero pays tribute to Italian-American heritage, but the focus is not on Columbus, Mother Cabrini, or Michaelangelo. Instead, he looks to the working men and women of Italian Chicago who have built our city, brick-by-brick. They funded our churches, built Chicago's skyline, and raised generations of children from immigrant succession t...

Earlier this month, the team behind Indianapolis coffee shop Georgia Street Grind brought another coffee brand to life: Bovaconti Coffee. With an upscale, vintage-style interior featuring plenty of exposed brick, painted tile ceilings and custom tile work, the multiroaster cafe reflects the historic character of the building in which it sits, as we...

One of his great passions in life outside of the baseball diamond has been to help those affected by cancer. As a survivor himself, Anthony Rizzo had made donations to hospitals, along with a number of appearances, to show his support for children suffering from the disease and their families. On Monday, the Cubs first baseman did so again with a m...