The 70th annual Columbus Day parade brought with it support and opposition Monday as local groups jostled for position on the still unresolved issue of what to do with the city’s Columbus statues. In Little Italy, Christopher Columbus is viewed in a positive light, a source of pride for Italian Americans in Chicago. Elsewhere though, critics of Col...

Film aficionados have hungered for the return of Casa Italia’s beloved feast of Italian cinema, and the wait is finally over. The Casa’s 2022 Italian film series will reboot on Oct. 21 and run for four glorious Fridays. The host of the series will once again be Pam DeFiglio, a veteran Chicago editor, columnist and arts critic. Here’s the lineup: Oc...

The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans kicked off its Columbus Day celebrations with a flag raising Friday. The ceremony was held in Daley Plaza and attended by a delegation from Italy along with some Chicago aldermen. Columbus Day is Monday. The day will begin with a mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii and then a wreath laying ceremo...

"This year's Day of the Contemporary offers a unique opportunity to address complex and increasingly topical issues such as sustainability and climate change in a different way," said Italy's Ambassador to the United States, Mariangela Zappia. "Italy's commitment to addressing these challenges and promoting more environmentally friendly practices i...

With all of the restaurant brand collaborations in the history of the industry, not once has such a partnership happened between Chicago heavyweights Portillo’s and Lou Malnati’s. That’s about to change. The companies–two of the top five most visited restaurants in the Windy City–today announced the new Lou Malnati’s x Portillo’s Italian Beef Deep...

If you’re a cheese lover, we’ve got great news for you! A restaurant in Rosemont, Illinois serves a famous cheese wheel pasta. It’s truly better than words can describe! One of the most unique restaurants in Illinois is Carlucci's Rosemont, a Chicago-area Italian spot that serves up homestyle, homemade dishes in a beautiful location. Every dish ser...

A longtime Sicilian bakery has opened another outpost — 5,000 miles away, on the Far Northwest Side. New Paradise Bakery, 5742 N. Milwaukee Ave., is a gelateria, bakery and deli led by owner and chef Vito Rubino, whose parents are from Palermo, Italy. After running a pizzeria in Logan Square, he formed a partnership with the New Paradise Bakery own...

Via Sofia's Italian Kitchen, an established chain restaurant in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, expanded and opened its first eatery in Rockford. Franchisee Leslie Reinbach opened the pickup- and carryout-only restaurant in August at 109 N. Show Place Drive, across from ShowPlace 16. Reinbach said she likes the far East State Street location because of the hig...

No fewer than four local groups will host major events in Columbus’ name this month. The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans will spearhead a daylong celebration on Oct. 10. Festivities will begin with a 9 a.m. Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii in Chicago, followed by a noon parade down State Street and a 3 p.m. reception at Casa Ita...

The Italian American Executives of Transportation have donated $6,500 from the proceeds of their 2022 fashion show to Casa Italia. The check was presented to Casa Chairman Ron Onesti by Fashion Show Committee Co-Chair Dr. Michele Monica Daly at the IAET’s July meeting. The event was also co-chaired by Theresa Cascio and Grace Galletta, with Jadon Q...