The Italian-American community will salute Peter Silvestri at a retirement party on July 22 at Casa Italia. “Peter Silvestri has faithfully served the citizens of Elmwood Park and surrounding communities for nearly half a century,” says Casa Chairman Ron Onesti. “We invited the entire community to celebrate the life and career of one of our communi...

The Italian American Human Relations Foundation in Chicago presents its 2nd Annual Venetian Night Boat Parade on the Chicago River. Join us for Chicago's Famous Venetian Night and honoring Secretary of State Jesse White. Chicago's Venetian Night brings the charm of the famous Venice boat parades along with decorated boats, entertainment, and a gran...

The Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and Shrine will celebrate the 129th anniversary of its devotion to the Blessed Mother on July 17. Festivities will begin with a 7:30 a.m. Mass in English and 9 a.m. solemn Mass in Italian, followed by a procession with the statue to a noon field Mass. A procession through the streets of the parish afterward will...

Italian immigrants who sought a better life for themselves and their families on Chicago’s Near West Side were honored on May 22 with the naming of Piazza Italia di Chicago at 1434 W. Taylor St. The Little Italy Chicago Neighborhood Association (LICNA) spearheaded the renaming of the former Piazza Di Maggio, installing flags that represent each of...

Occasionally when I scroll through social media, I will see something that just stops me in my tracks. When that happens, I immediately screenshot whatever it is. I do this for two reasons. #1- I have a sort of "bucket list" compilation of photos stored on my phone. They serve as reminders of "Hey, Chad. Remember! You need to do this or visit this...

In baseball and in life, “three strikes” are typically a bad thing. But for world-class bowler Carmen Salvino, it’s just another day at the office. He began his career as a professional bowler at 19 years of age, and 70 years later, he’s only now looking back at just how many pins he’s knocked down. Carmen was born in the Taylor Street neighborhood...

Opera Festival of Chicago returns for its second season. The three-week festival will feature fully staged productions of Gioachino Rossini’s L’Inganno Felice and Giuseppe Verdi’s Il Corsaro – the first time each has been performed professionally in Chicago in modern history. We also pay tribute to the legendary Italian soprano Renata Tebaldi, hono...

Pop-opera tenor Pasquale Esposito will perform under the stars in a benefit concert for Casa Italia on July 9. The popular crossover crooner has 11 albums, four PBS specials and a host of world tours under his belt. Esposito released his first album — an Italian musical revue dubbed “Naples … That’s Amore!” — in 2005, with album No. 11 — a double C...

Brian Bernardoni has been inducted into the Illinois State University Steve and Sandi Adams Hall of Fame. A resident of the village of Justice and president of the Roberts Park Fire Protection District, Bernardoni was recognized for enhancing the quality of life on campus as an undergrad, grad student and beyond. While earning his bachelor’s degree...

Chef Luca Issa is bringing some of his signature dishes to life stateside. Sharing the same name as the original Piccolo Buco in Rome, simple, quality ingredients and traditional recipes are the cornerstones of the menu.   The red and yellow tomato sauce featured in many dishes comes from tomatoes grown specifically for Piccolo Buco. For your first...