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The chocolate giant behind Nutella and Fannie May on Thursday announced plans to build a chocolate factory in Bloomington, Illinois, its first in North America. New Jersey-based Ferrero North America, part of the Italian candy company Ferrero Group, said it will invest $75 million to expand its existing production facility in Bloomington, where it...

When: Friday, December 11th at noon (CT) Where: Organized by Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Chicago, in collaboration with the Center for Renaissance Studies, The Newberry Library During his all-too-brief career, Raphael of Urbino (1483-1520) frequently benefited from the patronage of women and painted works intended for female viewers ranging fro...

On Friday, Logansport celebrated the long-anticipated arrival of the “Immigration Sculpture” in Heritage Park. Like many of the immigrants who came to Logansport, the statue representing them did not have an easy trip to its home. There were decisions to be made and money to be raised. And although the statue of Carrara marble was supposed to arriv...

Leo's Italian Social will open a location at Crocker Park in 2021. Owned and operated by the Chef Art Pour Restaurant Group, Leo's Italian Social is designed to be the center of a community. The restaurant offers Italian-inspired food and crafted cocktails, with house-infused vodkas, bourbons and whiskeys. The restaurant will also have bocce ball c...

After years of living from project to project, Torrey DeVitto finally has a home base in one of Dick Wolf’s famously long-running series. When the hit drama “Chicago Med” returns to NBC later this year, the doctors at the fictional Gaffney Chicago Medical Center will face off against the same coronavirus pandemic their real-life counterparts have b...

Chicago writer-director Lucia Mauro will premiere her new film, “I Have a Name,” online at 7 p.m. on Dec. 9. The one-hour documentary is co-produced by In My Brother’s Shoes Inc., the nonprofit film organization founded by Mauro and producer Joe Orlandino, and Jacqueline C. Hayes, founder and president emerita of the Chicago HELP Initiative (CHI)....

I am the son of a proud World War II veteran, Squad Leader Sgt. Albert J. Onesti, #36682557, Unites States Army, 179th Infantry, 45th Division "Thunderbirds" -- with battles in Rome, Southern France, Anzio. My hero. For the first 10 years of my life, I lived in the building my grandparents settled in upon their emigration from Italy in 1911. It was...

FACETS will feature three Italian short films as part of this year’s Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. Films will be presented online through Nov. 22. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $13.50 for FACETS members. To purchase tickets, click here. The Italian films presented during this year’s festival are “Baradar,” in which tw...

After making a highlight-reel grab, the Cubs’ infielders know they just have to get the baseball into the vicinity of first base most of the time. Anthony Rizzo will take care of the rest. Rizzo’s skills as a defender paid off again on Sunday night, when he was the recipient of the 2019 Rawlings Gold Glove Award for first base in the National Leagu...

The Associazione Regionale Campania di Chicago celebrated its 30th anniversary on Oct. 18. Founded to promote the culture and customs of Naples and the Campania region, the ARC has a long list of accomplishments. The group has hosted the first North American conference of Neapolitan associations, crowned the first Miss Campania a Chicago, promoted...

This lecture will provide an opportunity to celebrate Raphael in 2020, the 500th anniversary of his death. We’ll talk about Renaissance food, starting with a virtual tour of “Casa Raffaello” in Urbino, exploring the kitchen and common spaces. We will also discuss the historic food of today’s Marche region, focusing especially on a renowned cheese t...

Sam Montalbano, a well-known community volunteer and former Sangamon County Board member, will be honored Wednesday – Veterans Day -- with dedication of a flag pole in his name outside Little Flower Catholic Church and School. "He’s been a really involved member of the parish, an usher at the church for 50 years," said Bill Moredock, principal of t...