NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

Chicago’s oldest wine bar, Geja’s Café, perfectly nestled at 340 W. Armitage Ave, is welcoming the upcoming fall season with the debut of its three-month wine festival Giro d’Italia, beginning Sunday, September 1st through Saturday, November 30th. Throughout these three months, wine enthusiasts of all calibers will have the opportunity to enjoy sel...

The New York strip steak I ordered recently at Bar Verona stands out as one of the tastiest steaks I’ve enjoyed in years. Topped with garlic-herb butter and grilled medium-rare as specified, my steak came with whipped potatoes and roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon. Based on this entrée and other items sampled, I have high hopes for this upscale-c...

When: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 8:30pm - Where: Old Town School of Music, 4545 N Lincoln Ave Beppe Gambetta is a guitarist, vocalist, researcher and composer born in Genova, Italy who developed a style that brings American and European Roots to speak together with one voice. In his unique approach, Beppe blends energetic grooves with passion...

Gioia Ristorante + Pastificio is an upcoming Italian spot pegged for a spring 2020 opening in West Loop at 1133 W. Randolph Street. It’s a new building with room for a first-floor restaurant. The chef/partner behind the restaurant is a familiar face for Chicago. Federico Comacchio has worked as the executive chef at two beloved Chicago Italian rest...

The Italian Cultural Institute presents two museums of contemporary art committed to following art outside conventional boundaries and bringing it to a broad range of diverse audiences, both local and international. Roberta Tenconi, Curator and Art Exhibition organizer at Pirelli HangarBicocca in Milan and Marcella Beccaria, Chief Curator and Curat...

Joey Santore, 36, never expected to get famous for posting videos about nature. But on Thursday, the Chicagoland native went viral when a profanity-laden clip of him comforting a sick coyote pup surfaced on Twitter, garnering upwards of 8 million views. “I’m not going to fuck with you,” he promises as he chases the pup, who eventually relents and s...

Niles will host the 119th Maria Santissima Lauretana festival, a traditional Italian cultural and religious celebration that also includes plenty of food, drink and entertainment, over Labor Day weekend. The festival, which honors the Catholic Virgin Mary, originated in a Sicilian town and was brought to the Chicago area as immigrants arrived her...

The 36th annual Cleveland Challenge Cup of Bocce took place at the Wickliffe Italian-American Club this weekend, featuring nearly three days of bocce, entertainment and more. Tournament play began Friday evening and was scheduled to culminate on Sunday in a women's championship at 4 p.m. and men's championship at 6 p.m. The top prize was listed at...

A street name in Rockford will change in honor of a prominent Rockford Italian-American. Rockford aldermen unanimously approved changing the name of a portion of South Madison Street in downtown. It’s in honor of Louie Maffioli, a fourth generation of the first Italian family in Rockford. He was the first president and CEO of Wilson Electric Compan...

Tickets for the Cleveland Museum of Art’s upcoming exhibition on the drawings of Michelangelo may be purchased by nonmembers starting at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 21, the museum said Tuesday. Free ticket reservations have already been available to members, the museum said Tuesday. “Michelangelo: Mind of the Master" will run from Sunday, Sept. 22, t...

Antonio Romanucci has been installed as the 66th president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and Frank Sommario has been sworn in as the secretary of the National Italian American Bar Association. Romanucci and Sommario are partners in the Chicago-based law firm of Romanucci & Blandin. Romanucci has been an active member of the Illinois Tr...

A pair of Illinois Italian Americans were among this year’s recipients of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Attorney Enrico J. Mirabelli, corporate executive Sergio “Satch” Pecori and 90 others received their medals during a May 11 ceremony on Ellis Island. Mirabelli is a family law attorney with more than 37 years of experience. He served for 10 ye...