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The Italian American Labor Council of Greater Chicago will honor Ralph Affrunti on Oct. 13 at Alta Villa Banquets in Addison. (630-853-9052) The following bio is provided by the organization. Ralph Affrunti Ralph Affrunti was elected president of the Chicago and Cook County Building and Construction Trades Council in February 2016. He started his a...

This year’s Chicago International Film Festival will feature at least half a dozen Italian entries, with more under consideration as Fra Noi goes to press. The festival will run from Oct. 10 to 21 at the AMC River East. To purchase tickets or for a complete schedule, visit www.chicagofilmfestival.com. Here are the Italian offerings at press time: “...

The Chandelier Room at Casa Italia was transformed into a Milan runway for this year’s Columbus Day Queen Pageant, and event organizers couldn’t be more pleased. “It was like a Versace fashion show!” enthuses Jo Ann Serpico, executive director of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans. “We had 22 contestants, the room looked absolutely beau...

This year’s Columbus Day parade chairperson is accomplished, committed to her heritage and tireless in her efforts to promote relations between America and Italy. The daughter of Giovanni and Maria, Mariann Gullo was born and raised in Elk Grove Village and graduated from St. Viator High School. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from DePaul Universi...

Italian artist Gabriele Pellerone’s work will be on display as part of “Autumn Equinox: Collective Visions in Abstraction and Figuration” at Agora Gallery in Chicago. Pellerone’s innovative works shatter the boundaries of contemporary painting techniques. Using silicone rubber as his canvas, the artist composes his works with a tattoo machine and n...

Dr. David DiChiera, the unlikely impresario whose cultural developments helped lead the way to redemption for downtown Detroit, died just before 10 p.m. Tuesday at his home in the Detroit Golf Course Community, said a spokesperson for Michigan Opera Theatre. He was 83 and had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in April 2017. DiChiera was small o...

When: Tuesday, October 2, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT) - Where: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL Presentation and book signing by Author Federica Bernardini of her book: The Fascinating Life of Berta (originally published in Italian as Le Stanze del Tempo), story of an Italian woman in northeast Italy in the early 20th centu...

Author Eric Dregni will talk about and sign his book “You’re Sending Me Where? Dispatches from Summer Camp” at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 26 at Eataly Chicago. During this lecture, Eric will share the experiences as a camp counselor at the Italian Concordia Language Village. Eric’s storytelling reassures us that there’s still a place in the woods where, un...

“What a thrill it was to showcase Chicagoland with the publication of my debut romance On the Ropes, Windy City Nights prequel. I tried to capture everything I love about the area in this series – baseball, family, a strong military / veteran presence and of course Italians and our delicious cooking.” Dania has recently teamed up with Italian inter...

Collinsville is celebrating its 35th Italian Fest this year and it’s launched its celebration with one of its most unusual exhibits yet, according to a press release. The show "ITALY: BEHIND THE SCENES" is open now through Oct. 7, at the Collinsville Library, 408 W. Main, in Collinsville. The photo exhibit takes visitors to places in Italy seldo...

Sandra Tornberg, the 2018 Columbus Day Woman of the Year, is a first generation Italian of Abruzzese descent.  She holds both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Michigan.  She is married to Donald Tornberg and they have a daughter Samantha.  Sandra retired from GM after 30 years, having held positions in va...

Visitors could get all the delicious food they could eat at the Italian Fall Festa. The Italian festival kicked off it’s 41st year on Saturday and offered a range of authentic Italian dishes. Coordinator and cook at the Italian Fall Festa Mark Warner said despite the rain it’s heartwarming to see people still attending the event. “We are still goin...