After being forced to shutter for a year because COVID-19, one of our area's most popular annual attractions is back. HerrinFesta draws thousands of people every year. Now in its 30th season, organizers said they're gearing up for a fest that's bigger and better -- than ever. News 3 spoke with the HerrinFesta Italiana President Cris Trapani who sai...

This might surprise a certain demographic in the audience, but ESPN’s “SportsCenter” anchors weren’t the first to turn sportscasts into comedy sketches. Local news anchors delighted viewers with their creativity and wit long before Keith Olbermann and Dan Patrick took both to new levels in the 1990s. Chicago has been blessed to have a few. The late...

When: Thursday, March 18 at 6pm (Central Time) - Presented by the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago - What: Photographing Italy: Identity, History, and the Contemporary Landscape.Truth and Fiction: Constructing Identities in the Second Half of the 19th Century, the second of a series of webinars by Professor Giovanni Aloi, Art historian in mode...

Buona, the Berwyn-based chain known for its Italian beef sandwiches, said it will hire 500 full-time and part-time workers across its locations as it expands its business and enhances cleaning inside its restaurants. In addition to adding positions at its 24 current locations, the company plans to hire 200 employees for locations it will open in Co...

Anthony Rizzo spent last year’s shutdown making good on the annual trope of getting into the best shape of his life, specifically targeting speed and explosiveness. The result was the worst season of his career by most measures, though his 1.1 fWAR extrapolated out over an average full season of plate appearances would have gotten him past 2013’s t...

When: Monday, March 8, 2021 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. CST - What: "Women. Empowerment. Leadership." an online panel discussion led by the Italian Professional Women group in Chicago 2020 fundamentally changed workplace dynamics, particularly for professional women. Companies face both a challenge and an opportunity for women at all management levels....

Even though only 25 percent of my DNA leads back to Italy, I have always considered myself Italian. Given my surname, everyone assumes I’m pure Italian. (Everyone except my Irish mother who always reminded me that the majority of my roots lay in Ireland.) The fact that I grew up in a part of Illinois inhabited by few Italians did nothing to separat...

The City of Chicago, in a release distributed on February 17, 2021, launched the Chicago Monuments Project website at chicagomonuments.org kicking off the public engagement phase of the Chicago Monuments Project. The new website identifies monumental sculptures, artworks, and commemorative plaques on the public way and in Chicago parks selected by...

Chicago Style Italian beef sandwich is an Italian American recipe that originated in Chicago in the 1930’s. It is classic Chicago Street food, composed of beef simmered in an au jus. The beef is put on crusty bread, dipped in the broth and topped with roasted sweet peppers and giardiniera (Italian style pickled vegetables). This sandwich has become...

Suffering 75 percent hearing loss as a member and then leader of a mortar squad in the push toward Berlin, Alex Fosco took part in three major battles on the way to victory over the Nazis. The oldest of five children and only son, Alex Fosco was born on Sept. 19, 1925, in Chicago to Alex and Mary Vespa Fosco. The family lived in the Italian neighbo...