Sometimes it happens that I find out about the story of a person who personifies exactly the message that We the Italians has been representing for 10 years now: when Italy and the United States come together, the result is wonderful. Other times I have the pleasure of interviewing people who embody one or more positive symbols of Italy. Still othe...

The Cook County Board of Commissioners voted to defer a resolution that would change Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day, the second time a vote on the issue was delayed this year. The resolution was viewed as a step toward reconciliation and healing for Native American communities, but it faced pushback on Tuesday from members of the county’s...

As the Frank Rossi Quartet played the song “Tarantella” late last month in a banquet room at Balagio Ristorante in Homewood, Mary Lucarini blew out the 100 candles on her birthday cake. Lucarini, known to most as Mama Mary, has lived in the working class Hungry Hill neighborhood of Chicago Heights all her life, in the same home she was born in. “Sh...

Sat, October 2, 2021. 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM CDT. Jewel-Osco - 7525 Lake Street. River Forest, IL 60305. Come celebrate Italian American Heritage Month with Jewel-Osco! Join us in-store for authentic Italian food and wine samples from brands like Stella Rosa, Frigo Cheese, Monini, Dellalo, and more than 20 other brands! Plus professional cooking demons...

When: Thursday, October 21, 2021 from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM - Location: Galleria Marchetti - 825 W Erie St, Chicago, Spaces left 267 - Registration: Ticket Purchase – $150.00. Register here. Let's celebrate 100 years in style as we have a lot to be proud of (cue the confetti and champagne). Our dedication and commitment to the legal profession and th...

Absent from Chicago since February 2020 due to the pandemic, Riccardo Muti walked into Orchestra Hall and started to rehease Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, “Eroica.” “It was a very, very emotional moment when I walked on stage and I went to the podium because the orchestra was united for the first time with their music director in the concert hall,” M...

After 20 years at its expansive space on Harlem Avenue near Belmont in Chicago, Arezzo Jewelers has found a perfect fit at its new location on North Avenue in Elmwood Park. “We needed an update, and we found out that it was easier in the long run to create a new space for ourselves,” says Michael Spilotro, who co-owns the jewelry store with his wif...

Attilio (Ted) Micci was born 100 years ago in his parents’ home in Chicago Heights. Massimo and Frances Rotaloni Micci emigrated from Marche, Italy, and settled in the Hungry Hill Italian neighborhood of the city. Micci’s maternal grandparents lived across the street, and his aunts and uncles lived down the block. They all shared Sunday dinners tog...

Oak Brook attorney Mario Palermo has been elected president of the Justinian Society of Lawyers’ DuPage County Chapter. Palermo grew up in New York City, attended Kent College of Law in Chicago, passed the bar in 1996 and joined the chapter 15 years ago after setting up shop in DuPage County. “The organization gave me a chance to meet people who ar...

Entering its 25th year of operation, Spizzico Pizza & Pasta was at a crossroads. With a host of options available to the owners of the Elmwood Park dining landmark, the path forward was nevertheless clear: Keep it in the family. “We’ve been in business since 1996,” co-owner Rocco Spizziri says. “My parents (Tito Sr. and Edvige) had this building on...