NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

by Leonard F. Amari   This month we highlight the distinguished career of architect John Vinci. Subjects for this column come to the attention of the author in various ways.   An article in the Chicago Tribune about the controversial three sets of copper-clad wood exterior doors at the cost of nearly $670,000 in our state capitol br...

June 7, 2015 - Sunday 12:00 PMDana Hotel - 2 West Erie - Chicago, IllinoisCome out and join the Italian American Human Relations Foundation for an afternoon of fun, friendship and a traditional Sunday afternoon Pasta Dinner.   Featuring some of Chicagoland's finest musical talent: Frank Caruso Trio, Greta Pope, Mark Madsen, Jo...

by Shia Kapos   Stefano Pessina, executive vice chairman and CEO of Walgreen Boots Alliance,slipped in quietly last night to the library of the University Club, where some 200 Chicago business executives and Italophiles gathered to fete him.   There had been a buzz in the room as guests anticipated his arrival. "He's the highest-...

Close your eyes and imagine this: A juicy hot dog with everything on it, Hot Italian beef with peppers, a decadent chocolate shake - and not having to go all the way to River North to get it! That's right, Portillo's is planning to open a second Chicago location in the South Loop.   Mark your calendars: According to the Chicago Tribune,...

Hoosiers looking for baked pasta, pizza and other Italian classics could soon have a few more options with the potential opening of up to 15 new Fazoli's restaurants in Central Indiana.   One restaurant is under construction in Franklin and should open this year. The company is working with franchise groups to open nine to 14 other units in...

by Lou Carlozo   Coming all the way from Italy, by musical way of Argentina, they will soon land in Chicago and show the Windy City how much musical fire can erupt from just an acoustic guitar and violin. Perugia's SatorDuo is headed to the area for a series of at least three concerts near the end of October, "and we're hoping to do fiv...

by Alberta Lai   Dear Friends, I am honored to embark on my new role as Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Chicago. Building upon the Institute's rich tradition of showcasing Italy's classic and contemporary heritage, from the humanities to science, is an exciting challenge for me, one that I embrace with great enthusiasm. I...

Maria Luisa Lapresa è il nuovo Console d'Italia a Detroit. Lapresa succede al Console Nobili che da un paio di settimane ha assunto le funzioni a Bahia Blanca.   Romana, classe 1978, Lapresa è laureata in Scienze Politiche all'Università Luiss di Roma e ha conseguito un Dottorato di Ricerca in Discipline Economiche, Aziendali e Metodi Quanti...

By Paul Virgo and Emily Backus   Fiat Chairman John Elkann on Thursday said Sergio Marchionne should stay on as the carmaker's CEO beyond 2015 and that the planned merger between Fiat Industrial and CNH Global NV will be completed by September. Elkann was speaking as a meeting of Exor, the Agnelli family investment company that he chairs and...

Italian women — and their impact on more than 100 years of Chicago history — are the subject of a new book written and researched largely by Chicago residents. In the introduction to "Italian Women in Chicago," editor Dominic Candeloro states the book has been compiled in an attempt to "write" the wrongs of history with regards to Italian women's...

If you're a fan of experiencing different countries, but hate the long travel hours, Cleveland has a solution for you. From the wine selections, cozy shops and tantalizing eateries, Little Italy gives you a taste of authentic Italian culture.   Founder of Vietri artwork, Frances Gravely celebrated her 30 years in business by signing her hand...

by Kile MacMillan   Like many other European musicians, fast-rising Italian conductor Michael Mariotti decided several years ago that he wanted to expand his European-centered career and take a stab at the vast American classical scene.   The 34-year-old maestro started at the top, making inaugural appearances at the Washington (D.C.)...