NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

The streets will be quiet in Little Italy this weekend. For one of the few times since 1898, the Feast of the Assumption will not be celebrated publicly in the neighborhood (other cancellations were in World War I and World War II). The street festival was called off in June due to COVID-19 concerns. Earlier this month, the public celebration of M...

Hours after the looting and mayhem plunged Chicago back into despair, a bit of salve arrived courtesy of Enrico Mirabelli, a longtime customer of jeweler Paul Young’s store in the Loop. Mirabelli was passing by on his way to work — and then stopped. Young needed help clearing debris. Mirabelli picked up a hammer and began knocking down shards of...

The 2020 Sant’ Ippolito Festival has been canceled, according to the Sant’ Ippolito Society website. The Diocese of Lansing, Sts. James, Cornelius, and Cyprian Church as well as the festival committee were concerned about public health and safety risks. There will be a Mass celebrating the Feast Day of Sant’ Ippolito on Thursday, August 13 at 5:30...

This story begins, as so many do these days, on Twitter. Last May, Nicole Tersigni, a Detroit-based writer, logged onto the social media platform at the end of a long day. She was tired and frazzled from looking after her 8-year-old daughter, who was home sick at the time. “So I go online just to kind of scroll through Twitter and zone out for a li...

GREAT award winning films from Italy! * SEPT. 17 -Oct. 8 * - Atlas Cinemas Eastgate. We jumped through cinematic hoops to bring you the best film fest this year and some GREAT films from Italy!! There are some changes this year as you can expect: :) We have half the normal seating available to allow for social distancing in the theaters. For each f...

A Springfield-based Italian American group is asking its members not to travel to or spend money in Chicago "until there is a satisfactory resolution addressing the taking down" of the city’s Christopher Columbus statues. The Roman Cultural Society of Central Illinois unanimously adopted the resolution earlier this week. It also made a financial co...

“No race is won until the tape is crossed and I realized that all the time. It’s hard luck, but it’s all in the game. I did my best, and since I’ve lost out, I’m for the man who picked the prize.” – Ralph De Palma after the 1912 Indianapolis 500  Few scenes across the decades of the Indianapolis 500’s history would more greatly move those that witn...

When asked again about who is going to start for the White Sox in Friday night’s season opener, manager Rick Renteria answered without actually giving an answer. “I don’t know,” he said on a Zoom call with reporters before the Sox played an exhibition game against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. “I’ll let you guys kind of figure it out.” With that, Rent...

A confrontation took place Saturday afternoon between a group of Kenosha teens known as Kenosha Activism and counter-demonstrators supporting Italian heritage. The confrontation was very loud at times, but peaceful. The Kenosha Activism organizers—three local high school students from Indian Trail High School and Academy—had planned a march titled...

Ron Onesti, newly elected President of The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, held a press conference to announce the purchase of a building at 3417 North Harlem in Chicago. The Not-For-Profit organization spent the last twenty years at its former location on Taylor Street in Chicago. The NIASHF has been the dream of its founder and for...

Another statue of Christopher Columbus has been removed overnight in Chicago. The statue was in the city’s South Chicago neighborhood as part of The Drake Fountain display on a pedestrian island at 92nd and Exhange. The Chicago Sun-Times says the statue was dedicated in 1892. It is believed to be the first statue commemorating Columbus in Chicago....

Guy Cardarelli and his twin sister, Judy Ann, were born in Chicago in 1935 to Guido and Marie Mele Cardarelli. They lived behind the family grocery store/meat market on 5th Street and Kedzie Avenue. Cardarelli’s father immigrated from Morrovalle, Italy, and his mother’s family from Castelvetere in Campania. His father passed away shortly before Car...