Come August, a tiny slice of Chicago will transform itself into the streets of Rome, Venice and Palermo with the weekend Taylor Street Festa Italiana in Chicago’s historic Little Italy neighborhood. Onesti Entertainment Corporation President Ron Onesti — who started the original event  — returns after a six-year hiatus to produce the 2018 edition o...

Chicago’s Little Italy on Taylor Street will lose one of its longest-running restaurants. RoSal’s Italian Cucina, which has been open for 28 years at 1154 W. Taylor Street, will close for good on May 13, ownership announced on Facebook: “We are super excited to be starting a new chapter in our lives but will miss everything about the restaurant; th...

The Onesti Entertainment Corporation was awarded the contract to produce the Taylor Street Festa Italiana in 2018. The event will take place this year from Aug. 16 to 19. The news comes from the awarding body, The Little Italy Chicago Neighborhood Association. “We couldn’t be more excited,” says LICNA president Joseph Esposito. “Ron Onesti knows th...

There are still many Little Italys in the United States. Some of them are just a few blocks now, other are what's left of the urbanization that brought large roads in the middle of many American cities after the war, several times crashing an Italian community. Every one of them is a place where a big Italian heart has been, is and hopefully always...

If you were dining out in Little Italy or just getting out of class at the University of Illinois-Chicago last Thursday and noticed a larger than usual police presence, this is your answer.  A suspicious package report led to a SWAT investigation that shut down streets between Loomis and Laflin, including the restaurant- and bar-lined corridor of T...

For many people, I think, there is a small part of us that wishes we were born at a different time. Some wish they were born in the Roaring Twenties. Some love the "doo wop" era of the 1950s. Some dream of being around in Medieval times, the Old West or in the Big Band era of the 1940s. I personally wanted to be around during the prehistoric times...

Festa Italiana — featuring a meatball-eating contest and lots of other food — returns to Taylor Street this weekend, but with a shorter schedule then in recent years. The fest, in its 13th year, runs 5 to 10 p.m. Friday; noon to 11 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. The fest, which also features Italian dancing and music, will take over Tay...

Let's go back to the Great Lakes, in our journey to discover Italy in the USA, and today we are happy to meet with the Italian Consul General in Chicago, Adriano Monti, whom we thank for his cordial availability.   On the next October 23 and 24 Chicago will host the Italian Expo, the most important event yearly organized specifically to promote M...

There is a major city in the United States where the history of Italian emigration, very interesting and full of content, is undoubtedly embodied by a personality, universally recognized and appreciated. That city is Chicago, and the person who has been studying for a long time the Italian emigration and presence there, is Dominic Candeloro. We me...