Join us for an evening dedicated to learning all about Chicagoland's finest Italian language classes. - Enjoy a free Italian class trial lesson- Meet instructors and other students- Sample authentic Italian cuisine- Participate in our free, live raffle- Enjoy musical entertainment- Register for your next course   For a complete schedule of...

Loyola University's Opera Theater will present two one-act operas from "Il Trittico" by Giacomo Puccini, the legendary Italian composer of "La Boheme" and "Madame Butterfly," later this month.   The performances will take place in Italian on Friday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 25 at 3 p.m. inside the Louis J. Roussel Performance Ha...

by Kate Kolenda   Decades before the likes of Mario Batali and Michael White brought us the most recent wave of fine Italian dining, Tony Mantuano taught Chicagoans how to enjoy refined Italian fare at Spiaggia. Taking a cue from its name, which means "beach" in Italian, the food is inspired by the coast. Mantuano has won countless accolades...

by Leonard F. Amari   This month we highlight the distinguished career of architect John Vinci. Subjects for this column come to the attention of the author in various ways.   An article in the Chicago Tribune about the controversial three sets of copper-clad wood exterior doors at the cost of nearly $670,000 in our state capitol br...

June 7, 2015 - Sunday 12:00 PMDana Hotel - 2 West Erie - Chicago, IllinoisCome out and join the Italian American Human Relations Foundation for an afternoon of fun, friendship and a traditional Sunday afternoon Pasta Dinner.   Featuring some of Chicagoland's finest musical talent: Frank Caruso Trio, Greta Pope, Mark Madsen, Jo...

by Shia Kapos   Stefano Pessina, executive vice chairman and CEO of Walgreen Boots Alliance,slipped in quietly last night to the library of the University Club, where some 200 Chicago business executives and Italophiles gathered to fete him.   There had been a buzz in the room as guests anticipated his arrival. "He's the highest-...

Close your eyes and imagine this: A juicy hot dog with everything on it, Hot Italian beef with peppers, a decadent chocolate shake - and not having to go all the way to River North to get it! That's right, Portillo's is planning to open a second Chicago location in the South Loop.   Mark your calendars: According to the Chicago Tribune,...

by Lou Carlozo   Coming all the way from Italy, by musical way of Argentina, they will soon land in Chicago and show the Windy City how much musical fire can erupt from just an acoustic guitar and violin. Perugia's SatorDuo is headed to the area for a series of at least three concerts near the end of October, "and we're hoping to do fiv...

by Alberta Lai   Dear Friends, I am honored to embark on my new role as Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Chicago. Building upon the Institute's rich tradition of showcasing Italy's classic and contemporary heritage, from the humanities to science, is an exciting challenge for me, one that I embrace with great enthusiasm. I...

Italian women — and their impact on more than 100 years of Chicago history — are the subject of a new book written and researched largely by Chicago residents. In the introduction to "Italian Women in Chicago," editor Dominic Candeloro states the book has been compiled in an attempt to "write" the wrongs of history with regards to Italian women's...