The Kalo Foundation/Iannelli Studios Heritage Center of Park Ridge welcomed the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in March to view the studio's 11-foot statue of the Madonna. The visit was facilitated by alumnae of Chicago's former Immaculata High School, which the statue once graced. The Madonna was designed in 1922 by sculptor Alphon...

Chicago Catholic Immigrants Conference: The ItaliansNovember 8-9 Loyola University Chicago Call for Papers: The conference invites 20-30 minute papers that look at the late 19th and 20th century Italian immigration, with an emphasis on Chicago and the Midwest. Presentations may be given from the viewpoint of ethnic studies, urban and cultural his...

Celebrate your Italian pride or amore for Italian culture and music, food, fashion and fun at the 7th Annual Taylor Street Festa Italiana! From Thursday, August 22nd – Sunday, August 25th, the annual festival returns to Taylor Street celebrating the history and heritage of Chicago's Little Italy.   Open to all ages, guests will be inspired t...

Dominic Candeloro, Ph.D., who has taught and written extensively on the Italian American experience, will discuss "Italian American Culture – At Risk of Being Lost?" at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in the Center for Applied Learning and Technology (CALT) Room 100 at Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Parkway.   The lecture is free and...

In this special issue, the Chicago Quarterly Review turns to Italy and its writers during a time of great unrest, both socially and politically.   Guest edited by translator Michela Martini, this is a diverse, vibrant collection of poetry and prose translations from the 1960s to the present, featuring these writers, translators and artists:...

By Emma Sarran Webster   Two years after opening, Siena Tavern is still one of the hottest restaurants in Chicago, and this summer, its star chef Fabio Viviani is proving that lightning can strike twice. Bar Siena, Viviani's newest restaurant with partners Lucas Stoioff and David Rekhson, opened its West Loop doors on July 25 to an already e...

by Marissa Conrad   Pasta and prosciutto butter toast await in the West Loop. "I'm getting my second espresso right now," says Sarah Grueneberg with a laugh as she bustles around the kitchen of Monteverde, her new Italian restaurant in the West Loop.   It's a busy morning: Besides the typical dough prep — most pastas on the menu...

by Florence Nelson The piccolo used to be just a "little wooden flute" to most people. We heard it played in bands — especially in "The Stars and Stripes Forever" — and in an occasional Vivaldi concerto performance. That was about it. Composers used the piccolo to provide color in orchestral works — the way cooks spice up their sauces with garlic...

by Lou Carlozo   If you think it's a long way from the Chicago to the South Pacific, then you haven't watched Lawrence E. DiStasi making magic on stage. And magic isn't too strong a word: As a founding member of Lookingglass Theatre, DiStasi helped conjure from thin air a theater company that has become a Chicago gem.   And it's with...

Italian influence on American history can be traced back to Christopher Columbus and Americo Vespucci. The Founding Fathers, especially Jefferson and Franklin, were familiar with the Italian language and culture and with Roman history. Jefferson was a supporter of Filippo Mazzei and encouraged him in the early 1770s to bring Italian vintners to Vir...