NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

by Leonard F. Amari   Earlier this year, Metra announced the appointment of John A. Milano as the agency's Deputy Executive Director for Administration effective February 1. Metra, of course, is the Northeast Illinois Regional Railroad Corporation, Commuter Rail Division of the Regional Transportation Authority. Milano, 50, who was Metra's...

By Debbi Snook   While our Thanksgiving dinners are trussed up in American traditions, Christmas leaves a little wiggle room for overseas adventure. If you aren't already wedded to your usual ham, fish or another turkey, anything goes – as long as it sparkles.   Add an ethnic twist – let's say Italian – and you can plunge into the col...

Tuesday, February 2nd at 6pm - Italian Cultural Institute in Chicago - Join film director Fred Kudjo Kuwornu as he presents his latest documentary. Question and answers will follow.BlaxploItalian is a documentary that uncovers the careers of a population of entertainers seldom heard from before: Black actors in Italian cinema. BlaxploItal...

There are dozens of Italian restaurants in Chicago, but only a small percentage go that extra mile and make all of their pastas in-house from scratch. A new restaurant in the West Loop is committed to hand-making everything, including one pasta dish that has become a personal favorite.   When Sarah Grueneberg left Spiaggia, she took wit...

Era abruzzese "Il Principe in cucina" dei ristoratori in America. Salvatore Presutti era nato nel 1889 a Pratola Peligna (AQ).   Il grande attore Bob Hope degli "spaghetti fatti in casa" nel Ristorante "Presutti's Villa" disse: "un giorno spero di trovarli anche in paradiso". La storia di un altro figlio d'Abruzzo raccontata da Geremia Manci...

CHICAGO — A major Italian comic-art school is opening a campus on the Near West Side.The Scuola Internazionale di Comics, a 34-year-old art school specializing in comics and animation, chose Chicago as its first location outside Italy.It has nine Italian campuses, with headquarters in Rome. It boasts 30 alumni working for major U.S. comics publishe...

You are cordially invited to attend PARLIAMO ITALIANO, the first Networking event of the year. Meet new members and enjoy a taste of Italian wines & appetizers. RSVP today TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2015 - Starting at 6:00pm at DalTile Showroom, 316 W. Hubbard St. - Chicago, IL   IACC Members $15 ...

In the collective memory of Mahoning Valley residents, Brier Hill is known as "Little Italy," site of the city's first Italian settlement on the North Side; home to the Brier Hill Italian Festival, and namesake of the appetizing Brier Hill pizza.   The 45-member Mahoning Valley Chorale will pay tribute to that heritage when it presents From...

The Paolo Busti Cultural Foundation of Genesee County will conduct its 30th annual Scholarship Award Night at 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 17 at Terry Hills Restaurant. The Foundation will honor Louis Cinquino and John Borrelli as Outstanding Italian-Americans as demonstrated by their commitment to community. Tickets for the dinner may be purchase...

by Mitch Hotts   Festa Italiana returns to Freedom Hill County Park this weekend with entertainment and activities designed to celebrate the rich heritage of Italian-Americans in Michigan.   The free three-day festival kicks off Friday with the Parade of Clubs and includes a variety of music, food and culture from "the old country" th...

The Italian American War Veterans Joseph J. Gentile Post 2 sponsored an Italian luncheon on April 9 for 26 residents of the Hines VA Hospital Blind Center. A team of 15 volunteers and five high school students hosted the event, distributing colorful fedoras and decorating the party room with festive wall banners and tablecloths.   A sum...

Growing up in Roseland, a South Chicago Italian neighborhood, Tom Gelsosomo enjoyed the meals prepared by his Italian family so much that after spending time working in the food industry he decided to open up his own restaurant serving many of the dishes he remembered so well from his youth.   Choosing an Italian restaurant in the growing co...