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Flavio Manzoni, one of the world’s most visionary designers awarded America’s First Prize for Design by The Chicago Athenaeum and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, during the 2022 award ceremony of Global Design News. In conjunction with GOOD DESIGN® 2019, The Chicago Athenaeum has announced that the stellar Italian...

Scafuri Bakery is the living legacy of Luigi Scafuri and his daughter, Annette, who built their business in the Little Italy neighborhood that is now referred to as University Village. The family migrated from Calabria, Italy before moving to Chicago. Their business opened back in 1904 and has stayed within the family for five generations. Annette...

When: Wednesday, October 19 at 7:30pm CT - Where: Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago IL For the first time, “Il Giovane Corsaro – Pasolini da Bologna,” tells the story of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s youth, in a documentary format, in the context of the city where he was born on March 5th, 1922 and where he studied from 1937 to 1943. Wh...

Week of Italian Language. October 17-23, 2022. “La Fabbrica dell’Italiano” - Documentary. October 17, 2022 at 7:00pm CT. Organized by ICC Chicago. The documentary will be available for 72 hours starting at 7:00pm CT on October 17, 2022. Watch Online here. “La Fabbrica dell’Italiano” enters into the history of the Accademia della Crusca and of Itali...

The Great Lakes Navy Band, along with local Army Reserve Soldiers participated in Chicago’s 70th Annual Columbus Day Parade with more than 150 units between floats, bands and marching units from a variety of organizations and cultures. “We are here on Columbus Day to celebrate the legacy of Columbus which displays the great diversity of America,” s...

The Italian American Veterans Museum took a leap of faith when it decided to stage its first-ever wine festival, and the outcome was nothing short of spectacular. More than 200 wine lovers converged on the Festival Center at Casa Italia on Sept. 18 for Festival del Vino. The weather was picture perfect and the venue was magically decorated with ban...

An opera aimed at the whole family, a rare Spanish-language opera and a return to the Ohio Theatre are among the highlights of Opera Columbus’ new season. For its 2022-23 season, the company will open on Oct. 28 and 30 in the Southern Theatre with Gioachino Rossini’s 1817 opera “La Cenerentola,” which tells the Cinderella folk tale familiar to fami...

The air may be cooling off, but there are still good patio days that will come and go in the next month that you aren’t going to want to miss out on. Classically cool weather deserves a classically cool patio with something hearty to keep you warm. Franco’s Ristorante Italiano at the end of the Oregon District is definitely a classically cool spot...

The 70th annual Columbus Day parade brought with it support and opposition Monday as local groups jostled for position on the still unresolved issue of what to do with the city’s Columbus statues. In Little Italy, Christopher Columbus is viewed in a positive light, a source of pride for Italian Americans in Chicago. Elsewhere though, critics of Col...

The Consulate of Italy in Detroit provides services to Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, and of course, Michigan. The role of the diplomatic-consular mission is to protect the interests of and provide services to Italians when not on Italian soil. These services that are provided include legal matters, help for students, cultural awareness, and b...

Film aficionados have hungered for the return of Casa Italia’s beloved feast of Italian cinema, and the wait is finally over. The Casa’s 2022 Italian film series will reboot on Oct. 21 and run for four glorious Fridays. The host of the series will once again be Pam DeFiglio, a veteran Chicago editor, columnist and arts critic. Here’s the lineup: Oc...

October is Italian Heritage Month, and with Monday being Columbus Day, the community came together to celebrate the Italian explorer. At Central Park in Mishawaka, over 100 attendees recognized the adversity immigrants face when coming to the United States and honored the determination of their ancestors. The event also recognized the 30th annivers...