Fifty is a nice round number and since I possess a 1972 Greater Roseland Area Directory and a 1972 Calumet Index Ninth Edition Greater Roseland Area Annual Yearbook, I thought it would be great if we could review what was happening 50 years ago. Roseland’s service organizations were the main topic of the Annual Yearbook. As we’re all aware, Roselan...

Holy Week is central to the spiritual lives of Italians on both sides of the Atlantic. The Parish of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii will play their parts from Palm Sunday (April 10) to Easter Sunday (April 17). THE PARISH OF OUR LADY OF MT. CARMEL (Melrose Park) will celebrate Mass with the distribution of palms at 7:4...

There was no lack of possible motives when Florence Scala’s home at 1030 W. Taylor St. was twice bombed in 1962. She thought that workaday folks should have a say in political decisions affecting them, and speaking truth to power can be dicey in Chicago. The crime was never solved, but physical evidence revealed a link to another bombing. The type...

New Paradise Bakery, opening March 26, inside the former Gladstone Park Bakery at 5742-44 N. Milwaukee Ave., will be offering a variety of bakery items and gelato, using fresh ingredients and recipes from its sister location in Palermo on the island of Sicily. “We want to be part of the neighborhood (and) also will ask (for local recommendations),”...

If you take just one step into Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, the aroma of hot cheese, sauce and crust fresh out of the oven becomes overwhelming. Welcome to Lou’s — arguably the best deep dish in the Chicago area. The first Lou Malnati’s location opened on March 17, 1971 in Lincolnwood. With a total of 58 locations in the Chicago area alone, Lou’s is the...

If Made in Italy is a fundamental aspect of the Italian presence in America, not only from a commercial point of view but also from a diplomatic and cultural one, it is ICE (the Italian Trade Agency) that is mainly responsible for following the system of promotion and distribution of Italian products in the United States. ICE is present in America...

The oldest of five children and only son, Alex Fosco was born on Sept. 19, 1925, in Chicago to Alex and Mary Vespa Fosco. The family lived in the Italian neighborhood at Taylor and Halsted streets. Fosco’s father was born in France, but his family was originally from Pizzone, Italy.  Fosco enjoyed spending time with his extended family, especially...

On Wednesday, March 23, 2022 the Italian Cultural Institute (IIC) and the Consulate General of Italy in Chicago will participate in the 6th edition of the Italian Design Day dedicated to “Re-generation. Design and New Technologies for a Sustainable Future.” The Institute will present “I, You and It: Stories of entanglement between species” a series...

Curing meats in-house is becoming somewhat of a lost art. But Chris Thompson has made that meticulous process the foundation of a newer restaurant in Logan Square.  Opened last July, Lardon offers an assortment of charcuterie and salami made by Thompson and his staff.  “There’s still a lot of people in this country still fanning those flames and ke...

The Sarah Siddons Society bestowed its 2021 Leading Man Award upon local theater luminary Dominic Missimi. The society funds scholarships to promising theater arts students at top Chicago-area universities, including the Theater Department at Columbia College, Theatre School at DePaul University, Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt Univ...