The 128th anniversary of the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel will be a scaled-back affair focusing on the religious dimensions of the celebration. The street festival has been canceled, but the Novena, banner and rose presentations, and memorial service are still on. Masses at 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. on July 18 will be followed by a mobile proces...

Casa Italia will be presenting a live performance of the short play “Seatonville” at the end of the IA Literati conference on July 10. The play dramatizes the journey of Caterina and Antonio from Northern Italy to the coal fields of western Illinois and how one day changed their lives forever. The work centers around the Cherry mine disaster of 190...

Like many Italian-American offspring of the Greatest Generation, Robert Allegrini had to find his way back to his roots. His mother was born in Italy, as were both of his paternal grandparents. But Allegrini’s father was a decorated veteran of World War II and a patriotic American who downplayed his ethnicity both at home and in public. He went off...

Adalina, a refined hospitality destination serving modern Italian cuisine accompanied with robust wine offerings, is opening its doors on Monday, June 21. Located at 912 N. State, Adalina's culinary program is led by Michelin-starred chef Soo Ahn, previously of Band of Bohemia. Adalina is the vision of partners Phil Siudak, Matt Deichl, Miles Musli...

The owner of longtime neighborhood staple Sicilia Bakery Chicago plans to open a food truck service in the cafe’s adjacent parking lot after closing his storefront last week after struggling to find staff. The owner, Freddy Pecoraro, told Block Club he will reconfigure the store into a rental venue. He said his food truck should be open within a fe...

Jim Graziano still remembers being 9 years old and getting up on Saturdays or summer vacations to sweep the floors, load shelves or delivery trucks, and count the cash drawer without a register at J.P. Graziano.  Working at the family-owned importer and distributor warehouse at 901 W. Randolph St. was a rite of passage for Graziano’s grandfather, h...

The lighted boat parade known as Venetian Night is returning to Chicago. The annual tradition was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But now the Italian American Human Relation Foundation is bringing it back. For years Venetian Night took place on Lake Michigan, but this year it will be held on the Chicago River. The event will take p...

Chicago aldermen agreed Wednesday to designate October as “Italian American Heritage and Culture Month,” thanks to a resolution one civic leader said is sorely needed to begin a “healing” process. Ron Onesti, president of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian-Americans, made no mention of the specific wounds he believes need to be healed. But member...

The waning days of the COVID lockdown saw a rare foreign visit to the Windy City, the Chianti Classico CoNNection convened at the Ritz Carlton Chicago for a socially distanced tasting preview of the latest vintages from Italy. Chianti Classico CoNNection was organized by IEEM USA (International Event and Exhibition Management, the Miami-based agenc...

The first Buona Beef opened in Chicago 40 years ago, a 1,500-square-foot spot with 36 seats and no drive-thru that was secured when the owners took out a $10,000 second mortgage. It took 15 years, but the Italian beef concept opened its second location and then developed a plan to steadily add units. Today, Chicago-based Buona Beef recently launche...