NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

A lunch with the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans May 15 felt like a meal with a big Italian family, complete with laughter and tears — including some from public-affairs consultant Thom Serafin.   Along with the homey pasta meal, there were self-deprecating jokes, bittersweet discussions about times gone by and some awkward moment...

Chicago's popular Little Italy neighborhood will celebrate its history and heritage from August 14-17 as the annual Taylor Street Festa Italiana returns for its eighth year.   More than 50,000 fest goers are expected to attend, saying "Ciao" to new neighbors, and "That's Amore" about the authetic Italian activities, delectable (or "buono" It...

Since its premiere in 2005, the musical "Jersey Boys" has taken the theater world by storm. It became a smash hit Broadway production, which won five Tony awards, including Best Musical, in 2006. It also was adapted into a major motion picture in 2014, which was directed by legendary actor Clint Eastwood.    Starting Tuesday and ru...

Umberto Davi of Willowbrook, a principal in the Western Springs Law Firm of Umberto S. Davi P.C., was installed as president of the Illinois State Bar Association at the organization's 139th Annual Meeting on June 19 at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, Wis.   "Umberto is not only a lawyer's lawyer, he is a gentleman's gentleman," Il...

The Consulate of Italy in Detroit in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago and the Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan presented, Luigi, Faber & Genova, omaggio ai cantautori italiani Tenco, De André e una grande città mediterranea un recital di e con Elena Buttiero e Ferdinando Molteni.   Pianoforte, chitarra, voc...

The Italian American Veterans Auxiliary will sponsor the fourth annual Cookie Walk, 4:30 to 7 p.m., Dec. 8, or until they run out of homemade Italian cookies. Price per pound is $8 and containers will be provided. This cookie walk runs in conjunction with the monthly spaghetti dinner, serving from 4:30 to 7 p.m. the same day.   Spa...