The Rev. Michael P. Caruso and Larry Wert will be the guests of honor when the Justinian Society of Lawyers hosts its annual installation and awards dinner on Sept. 12 at the Palmer House Hilton. For details, call 708-338-0760. The following officers will be formally installed at the event: Natalie M. Petric (president), Judge Regina A. Scannicchio...

The Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America’s Grand Lodge of Illinois and Wisconsin held its 48th Biennium State Convention on June 15 at the Edward Hotel Chicago in Rosemont. Grand lodge officers elected at the convention for the biennium 2019-2021 are Paul Loparco, president; Frank Schiro, first vice president; James LasCola, orator; Anna De...

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 2019 Italian film series will reboot on Sept. 13 and run for seven glorious Fridays. The host of this year’s series will be Pam DeFiglio, a veteran Chicago editor, columnist and arts critic. The following film des...

The Italian American Theatre of Chicago will present “The Wedding Box: A Fashion Show-Within-a-Play” by Cathy Sweitzer on Sept. 8 at 4:30 p.m. at Chief O’Neill’s Pub, 3471 N. Elston Ave., Chicago. Directed by Nancy Greco, the romantic comedy takes on the serious topic of the treatment of women in the garment industry, many of whom were Italian immi...

La visita a Chicago della senatrice Francesca Alderisi (FI), eletta nella Circoscrizione Estero, ripartizione Nord e Centro America, si è aperta sabato con l'incontro con il Console Generale d'Italia a Chicago, Giuseppe Finocchiaro. Il colloquio, svoltosi presso il Consolato Generale d'Italia, "è stato un momento proficuo e molto interessante - ha...

Ascione Bistro, a highly anticipated Italian restaurant, has opened at the Hyde Park Shopping Center, 1500 E. 55th St., offering both classic and modern Italian dishes prepared by Chef Gaetano Ascione. The bistro is in a “soft opening” mode with a limited menu now while staff is being hired and trained, but Chef Ascione expects that to change in th...

McCormick Place’s dining scene received a boost over the weekend when a new Italian restaurant, Il Culaccino, debuted. The restaurant is from the owners of South Side stalwart Franco’s, which has been around since 1986 in Bridgeport. The new restaurant includes a wine bar, a tree-covered patio, and Chicago Italian-American classics like chicken Ves...

Tuscany, a popular Italian restaurant that closed in March after 25 years in Oak Brook, will be replaced with a new eatery that will keep several of the same menu items, along with some new offerings and a new name. Steven Hartenstein, chief financial officer and chief operating officer of Tuscany owner Phil Stefani Signature Restaurants, will be...

The first Chicago contest for the best gelato will be featured at Chicago’s Little Italy Festa-Taylor Street, the annual food, music, and fun fair, from Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 15 through 18. “It is an international competition, and every four years they select the World Gelato Chef,” said Ron Onesti, a Near West Side native whose company, On...

Native youth are taking a stand and calling for the replacement of the nationally-recognized Columbus Day celebration. Afro-Indigenous organizer Anthony Tamez-Pochel, alongside local elected officials, is heading up the effort for legislation establishing Indigenous People’s Day as a holiday in Chicago. Tamez-Pochel (who is Cree and Lakota) has bee...