NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

Over the summer, calls for the removal of Christopher Columbus statues were being made across the country amid Black Lives Matter protests. The City of Columbus was once home to three statues of the city's namesake. Now, the Christopher Columbus statue at both City Hall and Columbus State Community College have been removed. “We were contacted by t...

On Monday, Illinois state lawmakers and the American Indian Center will announce new legislation to swap out the official Columbus Day holiday with Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Meanwhile some Italian Americans in Chicago are against this. A rally was held Sunday to demand Chicago and Illinois stop erasing Columbus from history. Another rally will take...

Dominic Candeloro, a former history and Italian-American studies professor, said that explorer Christopher Columbus’ legacy is not clearly an evil one, as some would argue. Candeloro (below), who also led the effort to create an Italian-American studies program at Loyola University Chicago, recently told The College Fix via phone interview that peo...

Four metal posts jut out of the empty stone pedestal where a 9-foot-tall statue of Christopher Columbus once looked over Arrigo Park in Chicago's Little Italy neighborhood. A chain-link fence encircles the spot where city officials yanked the statue off that pedestal in the middle of the night after protests and vandalism in July. It's still an ope...

It is no secret I am an Italian American, and a proud one at that. I was born on Taylor Street in Chicago's "Little Italy" neighborhood. Being a child of the early '60s, I was fortunate enough to have experienced much of the music from the Sixties and Seventies now referred to as "heritage rock" and "classic rock." How I was really lucky was the fa...

On Friday, the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans hand delivered a letter to Chicago’s mayor, asking her to return the statues to their “rightful locations.” The letter cites Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s statement regarding the fate of the statues over the summer, calling the removal of the statues “temporary.” “We understood the mayor’s stance w...

Most folks likely knew that Gaetano M. "Guy" Cecchini owned of all of those McDonald's restaurants. At one-time he operated 17 in Stark County, with hundreds of local residents working for him. For many in the community, Cecchini was the person who gave them their first job. But there was more to him than restaurants and a "degree in Hamburgerology...

The Italian flags and the red-white-and-green streamers fluttered along Taylor Street Thursday. Some posted fliers that read: “Celebrate Italian Heritage Month!” Others were careful not to display the back side of that flier because it contains the “C word.” “I’m afraid to put it up because if someone is against Columbus Day, I don’t want them to s...

Thrasher Dinsmore and Dolan is proud to announce that Partner Ezio Listati has been appointed by the Italian Government as Honorary Consul, located in Cleveland, OH. Ezio will represent the Italian Government’s interests in Ohio and assist any of its citizens in the area. He will also work with Italian citizens in the area to ensure they receive th...

As the state of Ohio continues its fight against the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, event organizers continue to make adjustments. On Saturday, Italian Sons and Daughters of America announced the cancelation of the annual Cleveland Columbus Day parade due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns.  The event, bringing together " a diverse group of 20,000 people...

Sunday, Oct 4, 2020 at 12:00 PM. 10203 West Grand Avenue, Franklin Park, IL, 60131. Join us at Jewel-Osco Franklin Park for Festa Italiana, filled with the sights and smells of Italy, featuring a live accordion performance and a Live Chef Demo from Leo Spizzirri of the Pizza Academy as well as Rossella Martinello of @A.Taste.Of.Italy.At.Your.Table...

Chef Joe Farina, known for his Chicago-style Italian fare, is bringing Victory Italian to Oak Park. Set to open in the former home of Two Brothers Social Tap, 100 S. Marion St., Victory Italian is poised to bring throwback charm and an arsenal of classic Italian dishes to the Pleasant District on Monday, Oct. 19. The Oak Park location will be a sis...