Please help Save Chicago's Little Italy with the costs associated to pay Art by Joseph to create this mural on the brick wall facing the piazza on Taylor and Bishop. Carlo Vaniglia and I have hired the painter and secured use of the wall by the owner of the building to have this amazing mural created. This mural will be painted on the brick wall ea...

Retired Chicago police officer Frank DiMaria has been elected president of the Italian American Police Association. An IAPA member since 1997, he previously served as second vice president. Founded in 1964, the IAPA organizes and advocates on behalf of Italian Americans in law enforcement, and serves as a social, professional and charitable outlet...

“We started at farmers markets about three years ago with our arancini-stuffed risotto balls—which is our specialty,” says Daniela Vitale, who runs Sfera in Avondale with her partner, Steven Jarczyk. “My family is from Sicily, and I spent every summer there from the age of sixteen to twenty-five. Starting at farmers markets [in Logan Square, Wicker...

The Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra have been champing at the bit to return to live performances, and the wait is finally over. Both musical institutions will launch their 2021-22 seasons in September. Enrique Mazzola will begin his inaugural season as music director at Lyric, having served in an interim capacity for the l...

The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans will honor Jennifer Lyons and Antonio M. Romanucci at this year’s Dante Awards luncheon. The event will take place at 11 a.m. on Sept. 14 at Galleria Marchetti in Chicago. Tickets are $75. (708-450-9050, www.jccia.com) Jennifer Lyons will receive the Dante Award. She is a celebrated television news exe...

The feasts of Maria SS. Lauretana and Maria SS. Incoronata are testaments to the ability of faith to overcome adversity. Both have been running continuously in the Chicago area for more than 120 years, and both rolled with the pandemic punches last year, hosting modified versions of their traditional celebrations. Now, they’re ready to shake free o...

Società Santa Fara di Cinisi has been a beacon of italianità at Addison Street and Oleander Avenue in Chicago since the organization opened the doors to its social hall and chapel on the northeast corner of the intersection in 1985. The society’s light shines a little brighter now that the city has named Oleander from Addison to Waveland Avenue Hon...

In the list of the great Italian excellences who have found their fortune in America, one of the highest level names is that of Arturo Toscanini. A century has passed since an extraordinary event, an exceptional tour that saw him as a protagonist in America together with what would later become the orchestra of La Scala in Milan.  Today there is a...

A DuPage County Board member from Elmhurst has called for the return of three statues in honor of Christopher Columbus to Chicago parks. Last year, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot ordered the statues down. She said she did so as a safety precaution. The city has held out the possibility that the statues may come back, but is awaiting a report from its...

Even in retirement, former DePaul athletics director Jean Lenti Ponsetto remains a vivid, radiant beacon lighting the way for those aspiring to follow in her path making college athletics a way of life. The latest milestone paying tribute to Ponsetto's iconic 42-year career in Lincoln Park came last week when the National Association of Collegiate...