The Avanti Group has stepped up to the plate, taking charge of the Columbus Day Queen Contest after a year hiatus for the venerable event. Sponsored for decades by the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans, the pageant was put on hold last year due to the pandemic. “We thought it was important to keep the tradition going, and the JCCIA was gra...

July 25, 2021 / 3:00 PM. Join Italian Americans in Chicago at Arrigo Park as we take a stand against the City of Chicago's discriminatory removal of our Columbus statues and revisionist history. Pack the Park with Windy City Italians! REGISTER HERE Hosted by Chicago's Italian American community, Pack the Park is an all-encompassing, inclusive event...

The American Italian Cultural Society is party central this weekend for Joliet resident Ted Micci as he celebrates his 100th birthday in style. Micci is an Italian immigrant, a World War II hero who flew 25 B-17 missions over Germany and the owner of Joliet's De Franco Electric from 1950 until 1988. More than 60 people attended Friday night's party...

The Opera Festival of Chicago will present its inaugural season this summer. Created by Music Director Emanuele Andrizzi, the festival is dedicated to presenting world-class standard productions of Italian opera masterpieces in Chicago that rarely grace the stage in the United States. The festival opens with performances of Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s w...

The Order Sons of Italy in America, Grand Lodge of Illinois/Wisconsin will honor eight outstanding individuals from all walks of life at the 20th annual Leonardo da Vinci Awards of Excellence Gala. The event is slated for July 18 at White Eagle Banquets in Niles and will feature a buffet luncheon at noon and an awards ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Tickets...

The 128th anniversary of the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel will be a scaled-back affair focusing on the religious dimensions of the celebration. The street festival has been canceled, but the Novena, banner and rose presentations, and memorial service are still on. Masses at 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. on July 18 will be followed by a mobile proces...

Casa Italia will be presenting a live performance of the short play “Seatonville” at the end of the IA Literati conference on July 10. The play dramatizes the journey of Caterina and Antonio from Northern Italy to the coal fields of western Illinois and how one day changed their lives forever. The work centers around the Cherry mine disaster of 190...

Like many Italian-American offspring of the Greatest Generation, Robert Allegrini had to find his way back to his roots. His mother was born in Italy, as were both of his paternal grandparents. But Allegrini’s father was a decorated veteran of World War II and a patriotic American who downplayed his ethnicity both at home and in public. He went off...

We asked Buffalo Grove Patch readers this week to give us their best pizza place recommendations. And the results on your favorite spots are now in. In total, 90 readers shared their go-to pizza places in Buffalo Grove. It was a close call, but Nino's Pizzeria & Catering narrowly beat out Lou Malnati's Pizzeria. Rosati's Pizza was next in total vot...

Adalina, a refined hospitality destination serving modern Italian cuisine accompanied with robust wine offerings, is opening its doors on Monday, June 21. Located at 912 N. State, Adalina's culinary program is led by Michelin-starred chef Soo Ahn, previously of Band of Bohemia. Adalina is the vision of partners Phil Siudak, Matt Deichl, Miles Musli...