The Little Italy neighborhood in Chicago might be small, but it proudly holds onto its strong Italian heritage. Set between the two University of Illinois campuses near the west side, Little Italy once was the epicenter of the Italian community in Chicago.   Although the old neighborhood is now partly filled with college students, visitors c...

Harris Theater (205 E. Randolph, 312-334-7777) will transform its lobbies into an Italian marketplace at 6 p.m. Dec. 3 during its Chicago debut of "Guillaume Tell" (William Tell). Italy's Teatro Regio Torino is performing the final opera by Gioachino Rossini. The Italian marketplace pays homage to the composer, who was also a gourmet. Before the 7...

by Teri Maddox   The timing is a little off, but Collinsville will celebrate the Italian Carnevale during this weekend's Italian Fest. "It's the Italian equivalent of the French Mardi Gras," said Wendi Valenti, director of Collinsville Chamber of Commerce. "It's not really Carnevale because that comes before Lent, but the theme is fun w...

Come spend an evening in Italy! Enjoy the local premieres of four recent, critically-acclaimed Italian films at the 2013 Italian Film Festival USA of Chicago. All films shown in Italian with English subtitles at the Chandelier Room of the Italian Cultural Center at Casa Italia. Sponsored by Casa Italia and the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago....

The Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago,the 49th Chicago International Film Festival, and Cinecittà Luce cordially invite you to   An Evening with Toni Servillo "Best Italian stage and screen actor of his generation" - New York Times Sunday June 23, 2013AMC River East 21 (322 E Illinois St) 5:30 PM Film screening of IL DIVOIn-person t...

By Aimee Thompson When you think of Chicago's Little Italy, it's hard not to think about food. Italian food to be exact. And, that's for good reason as Italian restaurants abound - up and down Taylor Street from Morgan St. to the east and Ashland Ave. to the west.   But, while it's always best to arrive in Little Italy with an empty stomach...

Silvio Marchetti, who has silver hair and a dry sense of humor most atypical for an attache, tells a story about meeting the late Harold Washington, Mayor of Chicago, in the mid-1980s. Marchetti, who now heads up the Italian Cultural Institute in Chicago, had come from Italy and requested a mayoral audience to talk up the cultural riches of his nat...

ROCKFORD (WIFR) – She's well known in Rockford's Italian community and now the Ethnic Heritage Museum is making sure she's known by everyone in the city. Rosie Sheridan was honored today as the museum's Woman of the Year. Her grandparents came to the U.S. From Sicily and she's continued may of their Italian traditions. Sheridan is very active at...

Chocolate and hazelnut will transcend cultural boundaries Feb. 16 from 1 p.m.— 4 p.m. at 2518 W. Armitage Ave. Multilingual Connections will host the Chicago Nutella Day party, a Nutella-themed party with Nutella-inspired games and treats while teaching beginner-level Italian lessons. We believe strongly in the connection between language, fo...

Chicago has one of the largest concentrations of Italian-Americans in the entire country, which means 1) LOTS of gesturing, and 2) plenty of delicious Italian food. The best of it? It's gonna come from one of these 10 Chicago restaurants flush with Michelin stars and red sauce classics. BalenaLincoln ParkWhat you're getting: Tagliolini neroAlthoug...