NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

by Melissa Silverberg   A new Italian restaurant is opening in a familiar location on the north side of Arlington Heights this fall. Osteria Trulli, 1510 E. Hintz Road, received its liquor license from the village board on Monday, and owners Giovanni DeNigris and Salvatore Perricone said they hope to be open by late October or early Nov...

Portillo's Chicago-style hot dogs and Italian beef have whet the appetite of Boston-based buyers who are eager to introduce the local favorites to more diners nationwide.   The company confirmed Tuesday that Berkshire Partners is investing in Dick Portillo's eponymous chain, two months after its 74-year-old founder announced he was consideri...

It might be a long way from Sicily, but the owners of Viva Maria have introduced a little slice of Italy to northwestern Ohio. Walking inside the darkened restaurant, one is greeted by strings of overhead lights, flower vases placed on makeshift balconies and soft, moody music — all meant to evoke the feeling of strolling a quiet Italian stree...

by Carmelo Desmone Not far from the chaos of downtown Chicago in the neighborhood known as "Little Italy" along a tree lined street is the Italian American Sports Hall of Fame located at 1421 South Taylor Avenue. I had the opportunity to tour the Hall and spoke with the founder, George Randazzo.   Mr. Randazzo told me how he was trying to s...

Think twice before tossing out those really comfy Allen Edmonds, Clarks, Keens, Gabors, Pikolinos, Kois, Chippewas, Durangos or whatever trusty footwear — flip-flops don't count — you've come to love.   The same goes for that weathered leather jacket with its well-worn patina, that purse that goes perfectly with, well, whatever you bought it...

The Italian American Club of Livonia Charitable Foundation sponsors "Carnevale." This annual event features a costume parade, music, games for the children and a pasta dinner.   At the IACL's "Carnevale" prizes will be given for the best children's and best adult's costumes. Reservations are due by Wednesday, Jan. 28. For details and reserva...

by Penny Pollack and Graham Meyer   After a few months of delays, ownership now plans to open the book on La Storia (1154 N. Dearborn St., no phone yet), Ideology Entertainment's upcoming Italian restaurant, in mid-April.   The address may say 1154, but the restaurant also occupies the first floor of 1156. Customers enter at 1154 into...

Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago. Tuesday, April 5, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT). In anticipation of the upcoming performances of "Falstaff" conducted by Maestro Riccardo Muti at the Chicago Symphony Opera, the Italian Cultural Institute is pleased to present "Giving Shape to Falstaff," a lecture by Gabriele...

As he completed his studies to become an Illinois state trooper in 2010, Jonn-Paul Oliveto was pulled out of class and into a room where he stood opposite a captain, sergeant and master sergeant. To earn a passing mark, he had to sing the National Anthem. "I had an appointment to perform in front of them, without any rehearsal, so you can imagine...

Cari Connazionali, Cari Amici Americani, nell'assumere la carica di Console Generale a Chicago, desidero porgere un caloroso saluto a tutti Voi, con la certezza che nei prossimi anni avremo la possibilità di incontrarci e condividere progetti per far conoscere ed apprezzare le grandi ricchezze dell'Italia a livello culturale, artistico ed econ...

It's hard to believe, but Festa Italiana is just over a month away. The 39th annual festival will take place Friday, July 22 to Sunday, July 24 at Henry W. Maier Festival Park. And if you're a great cook – or a great eater – you may be interested in news about this year's recipe competition and cannoli eating contest.   Chef's Choice Re...

Joe Vella will run in his first ever 5K without a fitness tracker, doesn't care how fast he will go, if he'll be able to run the whole way or if he'll finish.   The owner of Peter Sciortino Bakery and president of the Italian Community Center liked the idea of bringing the Lombardi Walk/Run to Tackle Cancer to the 39th annual Festa Italiana...