NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

Join us on June 2 for the 2019 Giornata Nazionale dello Sport! The first Sunday of June, the Italian National Day of Sport is celebrated in Italy and all over the world. The Detroit City FC is joining the Consulate of Italy in Detroit in celebrating the event! A youth soccer exhibition with Italian-American children will take place at halftime of t...

Mario Andretti says he remembers everything about that May afternoon 50 years ago when he won the Indianapolis 500 — including the belief that his victory could be followed by a few more in the world’s biggest auto race. More victories at Indianapolis, as race fans know, have not come for Andretti, now 79, or for his sons, his nephew or his grands...

A whole new world awaits kids ages 4 to 16 who take part in this year’s Italian Language and Culture Camp at Casa Italia. After more than a decade of devotion to the Italian language and culture, Camp Director Josette Mentesana Weber and Language Coordinator Angela Mentesana will be stepping back from day-to-day involvement. With their blessings, C...

Sausage will be grilling, families will be dancing and dads will be honored as Onesti Entertainment hosts its 26h annual Italian Block Party-Oakley Avenue Festa Pasta Vino on Father’s Day weekend, June 14 to 16. The Father’s Day tradition will feature Italian food specialties representing generations-old recipes from the restaurants located in Chic...

Portillo's, the fast casual restaurant concept known for its menu of Chicago-style favorites, celebrates National Italian Beef Week May 25 - June 2. In honor of the food holiday, Portillo's hopes fans will share the tastiest ways to commemorate the special occasion with their favorite order. Whether guests enjoy their Famous Italian Beef dry, with...

Robert A. Gonnella, longtime director and former president of Gonnella Baking Co., died May 16. He was 84 years old. Mr. Gonnella was born in Chicago and graduated from John Carroll University. He began his 42-year career at Gonnella in 1957, serving as a director for more than 29 years and as president for more than 5 years. He retired in 1999. Go...

Mario Andretti became the Mario Andretti of legend on May 30, 1969. That’s the day he won his first and only Indianapolis 500 in commanding fashion, defeating second-place Dan Gurney by nearly two laps. He never took the checkered flag at The Brickyard again, but had an epic driving career that stretched into the 1990s. It included a Formula 1 cham...

Italian pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi will perform at 7:30 p.m. on June 6 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in downtown Chicago Tickets range from $50 to $125 and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000. Einaudi was born in Turin, Italy, and trained as a classical composer and pianist at the Milan Conservatorio...

The Chicagoland Italian American Professionals will host its second annual Cannoli Fest from noon to 3 p.m. on June 22 in the Banquet Center at Casa Italia in Stone Park. Home chefs are invited to present their versions of the famous Italian dessert for attendees to sample and judge. Prizes will be awarded. To be a contestant, call Salvatore Sciacc...

Comitato Tricolore Italiani nel Mondo will host its 11th annual Festa della Repubblica on June 2 at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii in Chicago. The event celebrates the birth of the Italian republic and bears the distinction of being the only such celebration outside of Italy to feature a parade through the streets. Festivities will begin with a...

The Sons and Daughters of Italy, Ben V. Marconi Lodge 505 will sponsor a singing contest at the 2019 Stark County Italian American Festival at Weis Park, 2600 Harvard Ave. NW, Canton. The contest will take place at noon June 15 at the stage. The entire festival will run June 13-15. The contest is open to children and adults, and 15 contestants are...

The DeMaso family discovered their father and grandfather, Eugene DeMaso, was a decorated war hero who was awarded many medals, including a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his service during World War II. However, records show he never received them. DeMaso passed away 30 years ago, but his son, Eugene DeMaso and wife Miranda, contacted Congressma...