Presentation from Matteo Picariello (Italian Trade Commissioner) and Bart Pascoli (North American Project Coordinator) of the Italian Trade Agency.   As the 4th largest economy of the EU and 8th largest economy in the world, Italy depends on remaining a strong leader in exports to the international community. Join Matteo Picariello, Italian...

In keeping with the spirit of the season, the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii will host its 15th annual Mary and Christmas celebration on Dec. 5. Maestro Paul French will once again lead the incomparable William Ferris Chorale through a diverse program that will include a pair of beloved themes by Ennio Morricone, songs dedicated to the Blessed...

From Dominic Candeloro, Chair Campaign for Italian American Studies at Loyolahttps://www.facebook.com/italianamericanLoyola   What's your Italian American heritage worth to you? Today, 6 generations and 150 years after the first migrations, the record of that epic experience is at risk of fading away. Though we may retain some food trad...

By David Mermelstein   Riccardo Muti, the renowned Italian conductor now serving as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's 10th music director, is a man of intense passions. That might be said of most conductors, but particularly strong-willed maestros have dominated podiums here for 125 years.   This is, after all, the city where the imper...

by Morgan Olsen   Hubbard Street is parting ways with Paris Club Bistro & Bar, which opened in 2011, and making way for il Porcellino, a new Italian concept from shared parent company Lettuce Entertain You. The new spot—from R.J., Jerrod and Molly Melman and chef Doug Psaltis (RPM Steak)—is being billed as a "rustic everyday trattoria."...

The Scuola Italiana Enrico Fermi (SIEF) is pleased to announce exciting news: the inauguration of its Chicago location in Wicker Park, Toddlers playgroups, Saturday classes and the first Italian Summer Camp in Chicago. The Scuola (SIEF) will open its doors on April 2nd, 2016 for Playgroups and Children Courses on Saturdays at the Monsigno...

EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, will take place from September 18-21 at historic Navy Pier. This year, the following Italian art galleries will participate: Brand New Gallery, Milan ; Luce Gallery, Torino; Massimo De Carlo, Milan & London. Now in its third year, EXPO CHICAGO features 140 leading galler...

A new food and drink festival focused exclusively on Italian cuisine will hit Eataly Oct. 14-16, schooling Chicagoans on everything from Arneis to ziti.   Presented in partnership with Identitá Golose, a nearly decade-old celebration of Italian cuisine founded by food journalist Paolo Marchi, the three-day festival includes an instructive di...

Bar Toma, Tony Mantuano's Italian restaurant in the Gold Coast off Michigan Avenue, reopens Aug. 21 as a casual pizzeria. The restaurant had been closed since July 6 for renovations, including the addition of a pizza oven.   "At Bar Toma we have realized that people want our pizza, and we've been trying to do so many different things th...

On tuesday, December 2 in honor of Eataly Chicago's first anniversary, for the first time in the windy city, nine Chicago restaurants will be reunited under one roof for a night only, to celebrate the event "Una Serata Tra Amici," an evening with friends.   Chefs from nine great Chicago restaurants will join Eataly's kitchens and cook as par...