Every shiny new skyscraper needs at least one restaurant for the office workers who will hopefully fill the space. The BMO Tower, which debuted last year with the bank as an anchor tenant, is no exception. The 50-story building, just south of Union Station in West Loop, already unveiled a grab-and-go market. The 11,000-square-foot project is all pa...

If Mayor Lori Lightfoot were to follow the recent recommendations of the Chicago Monuments Project Advisory Committee and excise Christopher Columbus permanently from Grant Park, logic dictates that she should then immediately rename Columbus Drive. After all, a prominent city street is etched in the public consciousness far more than a statue. Peo...

Chicago attorney Bruno Marasso will step up to the presidency of the Justinian Society of Lawyers at the organization’s annual installation and awards dinner on Sept. 22 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago. First Vice President Michael Pisano, Second Vice President Brian Monico, Third Vice President Catherine (Caifano) Locallo, Treasurer Michael...

The Italian American Veterans Museum will host Festival del Vino from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 18, at Casa Italia in Stone Park. A multifaceted celebration of Italian wine, the event is being held in cooperation with Binny’s Beverage Depot, Angelo Caputo’s Fresh Market and Onesti Entertainment. The festival will offer the opportunity to sam...

The University of Chicago Press is excited to share that The Works of Giuseppe Verdi series has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The NEH grant recipients for the final round of funding in 2022 were announced on August 16, and as part of this, the Verdi series will receive $251,257 in support from the NEH. T...

Italian American leaders are pushing to bring the Christopher Columbus statues back to Chicago's parks. The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans spoke out on Saturday, after an advisory panel called for the city to permanently remove three Christopher Columbus statues and the Balbo Monument in Burnham Park, and consider altering or removing n...

A long-awaited report from a city committee that was reviewing Chicago monuments was released Friday — and it recommends the city take down the controversial Balbo monument and not return several statues of Christopher Columbus. The report is certain to renew debate over the monuments, which have long been controversial. It’s not yet certain if off...

The Feast of Maria SS. Incoronata is a testimony to the power of faith. The celebration has survived for a century and a quarter at the same location, despite the transformation of the community from a thriving Italian enclave into one of the nation’s premier Chinatowns. First celebrated in 1897, the feast was launched to help organize immigrants f...

The Feast of Maria SS. Lauretana will celebrate 122 years of continuous devotion to the Blessed Mother over the Labor Day weekend. The feast will once again be celebrated on Church Street between Greenwood and Cumberland in Niles, on the south side of the Golf Mill Shopping Center. Festivities culminate on Sept. 4 with a procession at 9 a.m. and Ma...

TV series have already been seen to influence the fashion world. “Squid Game,” a major worldwide hit, offered a glimpse of the powers of fiction, spurring spinoff products, makeup trends on social networks, and renewed interest in jogging suits and other clothes worn by the show’s characters. Now, it seems that TV shows are also influencing food tr...