A Salute to Italian American Veterans on the 75th Anniversary of the Veterans Monument at Arrigo Park (Chicago, IL) will take place Sunday, May 30, 2021. The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans (JCCIA) along with the Italian American Veterans Museum, and the Italian American War Veterans, will honor four World War II Veterans as part of the...

The promoters of Pomodoro San Marzano dell’Agro Sarnese-Nocerino DOP are sponsoring a contest to familiarize the public with their product. The winner of the contest will receive a dinner for two valued at $250 at a high-end Italian restaurant in Chicago featuring San Marzano DOP tomatoes. San Marzano DOP tomatoes are known as the “Crown Jewel” of...

Cook County Commissioner Stanley Moore said Monday that before a vote can be taken on whether the county should change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day, major tribes in the U.S. should “acknowledge their role in the rich history of Black slaves.” Moore, who said he is a direct descendant of a Choctaw Freedman, said tribes have unfairly denie...

The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans will host a special tribute in honor of Italian-American veterans over the Memorial Day weekend. The event will be co-sponsored by the Italian American War Veterans and the Italian American Veterans Museum. An 11 a.m. Mass on Sunday, May 30, at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii will be followed by a so...

Eugene Giudice has received the Advocate of the Year Award from the Private Law Librarians and Information Professionals Special Interest Section (PLLIP-SIS) of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL). The award is given annually to a librarian who demonstrates leadership and excellence in advocating for law libraries and librarians. Giudi...

Food and culture are central to the Italian-American experience. The mission of the Mary Ann Esposito Foundation is to preserve that experience for future generations while offering culinary students the opportunity to become the next generation of great Italian chefs. The foundation is currently raising funds to create the Ciao Italia Italian Heri...

At press time, a scaled-back Festa della Repubblica was in the works for June 6 at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii in Chicago. Hosted by Comitato Tricolore Italiani nel Mondo, the event celebrates the birth of the Italian republic. The occasion will be marked by an 11 a.m. Mass at the shrine, followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at Columbus Plaza...

As part of its Cineclub series, the Italian Cultural Institute will screen the animated feature “Momo alla conquista del tempo” in Italian with English subtitles from May 21-24. Fending for herself in a new town, the young girl finds refuge in an ancient amphitheater. She befriends a boy named Gigi and an elderly street sweeper, Beppo, and soon bec...

The Chicago restaurant group behind Girl & the Goat and Boka is set to open an Italian-American restaurant in the West Loop in late summer. The restaurant will be called Alla Vita, a cheer that translates as “to life.” Chef Lee Wolen, who has worked with Boka Restaurant Group for almost eight years, will lead the kitchen. The menu will include mush...

Chicago was tugging at Mark Giangreco’s sleeve long before he called it home. When he was 8, he’d lie in bed at night — when the signal reached his home outside of Buffalo, New York, the clearest — and listen to the city’s radio stations on his transistor. He was obsessed with the music stations. He’d rock to WCFL and WLS and dream of becoming a di...