The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans and the JCCIA Women’s Division will join hands to celebrate an Italian-American version of Women’s History Month throughout March. In keeping with the 2022 Women’s History Month theme — “Providing Healing, Promoting Hope” — they will honor Italian-American doctors, nurses, police officers, firefighters...

Naïve painter Antonio Ligabue has often been compared to other famous untrained artists like Henri Rousseau and Vincent van Gogh. Like them, Ligabue developed a special affinity with the natural world. While living a life between nervous breakdowns and psychiatric wards, he produced an incredible body of work ranging from imaginary orientalist them...

Goodman Theatre is now presenting their major revival of Mary Zimmerman's The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci-three decades after the play premiered in the Goodman's Studio Series (at the Art Institute of Chicago). Movement and music unite to deliver a poetic glimpse into the mind of history's ultimate Renaissance man. The Notebooks of Leonardo da V...

If there’s one thing most people can agree on, it’s that a hearty plate of pasta is always a good choice. Heavy with Italian tradition, Chicago is home to some of the country’s best red sauce restaurants. From timeless classics, such as spaghetti and meatballs and chicken Vesuvio, to contemporary offerings featuring luxe ingredients like truffles,...

Jim Graziano never pictured rapper Freddie Gibbs passing out sandwiches at midnight behind the counter of his family’s 84-year-old Italian food importing and distribution business. His great-grandfather, Vincenzo Graziano, used to count the money behind that same wooden counter at 901 W. Randolph St. back in 1937 when he started J.P. Graziano Groce...

The Italian Trade Agency (ITA) has been gearing up for Chicago Collective, Feb 6-8, in a BIG WAY… Boasting 54 brands, ITA’s presence will be larger than ever, offering retailers the finest in tailored clothing, sportswear, outerwear, denim, footwear & accessories. We’ve put together the following preview presentation to give you a glimpse of what y...

Italian media company Gambero Rosso has announced the 2022 U.S. Tre Bicchieri tour will happen as scheduled in February. Kicking off on Wednesday, February 16 in Los Angeles, the tour will continue through Monday, February 28 with stops in San Francisco, Chicago, New York City and Boston, respectively.  “After carefully reviewing health and safety...

Italian Americans seeking the return of Chicago’s Christopher Columbus statue to its former pedestal in Little Italy allege that Mayor Lori Lightfoot interfered with a Park District contract to keep the monument on display “in perpetuity,” according to a recently filed complaint. Lightfoot has been newly added as a defendant in a lawsuit the Joint...

Peanut Park Trattoria has nothing to do with peanuts and everything to do with Chicago history. “When I rented a shoddy, dumpy garden apartment from a gentleman on Loomis Street, he was trying to up the rent on me,” said Dave Bonomi, owner of the Coalfire pizzerias in the city, where smoke lingers in the crust and in the air. “He was like, ‘You k...

Bella Mia Offers Fine Italian Dining in the Southland (Midlothian, IL) – When you have been in the restaurant business for more than 30 years, it truly becomes a labor of love.  So when Randy Spears says he knows every aspect of his business, he is not exaggerating.  “I am here seven days a week and I served tables as a senior a few years ago with...