NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

As part of an ongoing effort to “save our stories,” Italian Cultural Center librarian Dominic Candeloro convened a roundtable discussion about a possible second volume of “Italian Women in Chicago: Madonna mia! QUI debbo vivere?” Published 10 years ago and spearheaded by Candeloro, the book features 40 accounts by scholars, journalists, freelance w...

If you’re all in the mood for Italian music, tasty food, and fun festivities, well here’s some good news.  Undo’s Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival is right around the corner, and one of the very first events kicked things off. Wednesday night was the festival’s annual scholarship dinner. Twelve scholarship winners and the Italian America...

Herrin Festa Italiana returns May 21-30. Events include pageants, a golf tournament, a bocce tournament, a triathlon, car show, poker run and more. See the carnival times and where to buy armbands here. Doors open at 6 p.m. for live entertainment: Friday, May 27 - Hairbanger’s Ball with opener Jungle Dogs. Saturday, May 28 - John Spicer featuring B...

Chianti “red” denomination is the biggest one in Tuscany and Italy, and one of the territories, but also the Italian words, best known in the world. Thanks to the beauty of its landscapes, the success of its wines, but also to the many cinematographic quotations. Very famous is the one in which Professor Hannibal Lecter, in “The Silence of the Lamb...

Each year, more than three-dozen Italian patron saint celebrations grace the Chicago area. Kept alive by paesani from villages and cities across Italy, these events preserve some of the most cherished of our traditions. Festivities range from simple religious services to solemn masses and processions to family festivals that last several days. But...

Local families will get the chance to go on an epic pirate adventure to discover buried treasure with the arrival of Cirque Italia's Water Circus in Fort Gratiot later this month. The Italian entertainment company will provide live shows at the Birchwood Mall, 4350 24th Ave., from May 26 to 30. Tickets range from $10 to $50. To purchase tickets, se...

Memorial Day isn't the only holiday in May. There's a lesser known, but perhaps tastier holiday, a few days before. In honor of National Italian Beef Day May 27, Chicago's iconic Italian Beef restaurant Buona will be giving away free, slow-roasted Italian beef sandwiches May 27-30, the restaurant says. In order to get the free sandwich, customers w...

The Italian Heritage Society of Indiana will be participating this year’s AES 500 Festival Parade! The parade starts promptly at noon on Saturday, May 28, the eve of the Indianapolis 500 race. More than 300,000 spectators are expected to line the streets of Indianapolis, joined by another one million TV viewers around the country, to enjoy one of t...

The Chicago West Suburban Chapter of UNICO National will honor Ron Onesti as Humanitarian of the Year on June 10 at Belvedere Banquets in Elk Grove Village. As you can well imagine, wherever Onesti goes, an amazing show is sure to follow. Among the cavalcade of stars slated to perform that evening are Tony Ocean, Nick Pontarelli, Chicago’s Pianoman...

Wheaton attorney Jessica Defino has been elected president of the Justinian Society of Lawyers, DuPage County Chapter. Joining her as officers are Vice President Amanda Zannoni, Second Vice President Kira Albrecht, Secretary Anthony DeLongis, Treasurer Gabby Antoniolli and Comptroller Elizabeth Pope. A member of the DuPage County Chapter since she...

Pizza, pasta, bombers…oh my!  With so many Italian restaurants around the Kenosha area, it can be a saucy decision to make when the pizza and pasta cravings hit.  Here’s a quick list to make lunch and dinner decisions a bit easier when you decide that Italian food is on the menu! Casa Capri – Since 1954, Casa Capri has been cranking out Italian spe...

I’m someone who loves to dine alone and have learned what kind of restaurants are best for that. Tenuta’s Italian Restaurant (at 2995 S. Clement Ave.) is one of them. I’ve been here many times now and every time I meet someone even friendlier than the last. This night I was not alone, but quickly made friends at the bar while I was waiting for my c...