Casa Italia’s 2022 gala has blossomed into a standout event, with a cavalcade of outstanding honorees and game-changing entertainment. The stage will be set at 5:30 p.m. on June 24 at Belvedere Banquets in Elk Grove Village. The star of the show will be transportation construction dynamo Joseph Dote. “Joe has transformed the way we get from the gro...

He was born in Naples, Italy, but has become a favorite son of Americans from all ethnic backgrounds. Pasquale Esposito is a pop-opera tenor, a PBS superstar, and a successful recording and touring artist. For more than two decades, he has kept the classic songs of Italy and the nation’s vocal icons relevant and exciting for today’s audiences. The...

Casa Italia will honor transportation construction dynamo Joseph Dote as Man of the Year at its 2022 gala on June 24 at Belvedere Banquets in Elk Grove Village. The following profile was provided by the organization. Joseph Dote currently serves as senior vice president for R. M. Chin & Associates Inc. and general manager of facilities and construc...

St. Peter’s, the architectural wonder that dominates the skyline of Rome, is more accessible than you think. The Italian Cultural Center at Casa Italia houses its own capolavoro of the iconic basilica and its adjacent piazza. Just take a short car ride to west suburban Stone Park and an invigorating ascent to the third floor, and there it is in all...

They say it takes a whole village to raise a child. In the case of Casa Italia, Italian Americans across the metropolitan area recently rallied around the beloved institution. The Casa was hit particularly hard by the pandemic last year, canceling its spring gala and losing a quarter of its operating revenue in one fell swoop. But when the going go...

A Christmas Village will once again light up the Casa Italia campus in Stone Park after a one-year hiatus prompted by the pandemic. The complimentary open house is slated for Dec. 5, and more than a dozen organizations have signed up as sponsors. A noon Mass with a Living Nativity will be followed by festivities that include a strolling zampognaro...

Some of Chicago’s best young singers will perform arias and art songs by iconic Italian composers at the Italian Cultural Center at Casa Italia’s Vocal Scholarship Awards Dinner and Concert. The event will start at 2 p.m. on Nov. 14 in the Casa Italia Community Center and feature a wine and cheese reception, concert and dinner. Scholarships from th...

The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame will host a bocce tournament on Oct. 9 at Casa Italia in Stone Park. The single-elimination competition will pit up to 32 teams of four against each other for cash prizes, trophies and bragging rights until next year’s tourney. Food, beverages and entertainment will be provided throughout the day. “...

Lorenzo A. Fiorentino (Ret.) will offer a lively AV presentation about the military monuments of Illinois at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 22, at the Italian American Veterans Museum. A retired Army Major with a lifelong interest in military history, Fiorentino watched for decades as Illinois’ military monuments faded into obscurity and fell into disrepai...

The Lucchesi Nel Mondo will honor Paul Ciminello and Lilia Leonardi Juarez as Man and Woman of the Year at their annual banquet on Aug. 28 at the Mazzini Verdi Club. The following profiles were provided by the organization. Paul Ciminello Paul Ciminello has been a member of the Lucchesi Nel Mondo Association for over 25 years.  Paul left his home o...