NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

Javier Baez broke the code of silence when he mentioned to reporters the latest thing for a Cubs team that designed a Party Room for their state-of-the-art clubhouse at Wrigley Field, turned Jason Heyward’s Rain Delay Speech into World Series mythology and interviews each other in the dugout for pretend TV segments after hitting home runs. “He does...

During his lifetime, the beloved Roman Catholic priest and friar known as Padre Pio was believed to levitate, heal the sick, read minds and bilocate — the power to be in two places at once. Since his death in 1968 and his canonization in 2002, believers say at least two of those gifts endure. Through prayer, the faithful still believe Padre Pio wil...

The owners of Pizzeria Da Nella have jumped from the North Side to the South Side, as on Friday they’ll open Nella Pizza & Pasta on the University of Chicago’s Hyde Park campus. Owners Frank and Nella Grassano closed their acclaimed Lincoln Park location after six years as they prepared to open a new Neapolitan pizzeria. The couple’s pies are among...

The pairing of wine and food is one of the world’s oldest traditions, and no country embraces the tradition more than Italy. In fact, it is so ingrained into the culture that most people don’t even think about it. In the old country, people would walk into their village and purchase some cheese, meat and baked goods from a local shop each day. When...

Despite backlash from members of the local Italian-American community, Chicago aldermen are proceeding with their proposal to rename Balbo Drive and move or modify the Balbo Monument, memorials to a henchman of fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. The tributes were added shortly after Italo Balbo, a leader of the Blackshirts paramilitary units and la...

The Comboni Mission Center will honor Rose Mary Ranallo on Nov. 25 at Porretta’s Banquets in Chicago. (708-450-9050) Ranallo is the chief financial officer and manager of her family businesses, NS Builders and Arno Decorating. A resident of Schaumburg, she grew up in Chicago and Elk Grove Village with her two sisters, Josephine and Lisa, and her pa...

Campana will be back in the news on the entertainment front, where it once was synonymous with the longest-running show in the golden age of radio. “The First Nighter Program” aired from 1930 to 1953 and carried the name of the Batavia beauty products manufacturer across the nation. Actors will re-enact several of the scripts Sept. 22 for Water Str...

Sabato, 16 settembre, nel primo anniversario della commemorazione della scomparsa di oltre 100 immigranti italiani nella sciagura ferroviaria “Wreck on the Wabash” del 1901, ha avuto luogo una cerimonia religiosa in ricordo delle vittime che erano da poco erano arrivate negli Stati Uniti ed erano dirette prevalentemente nel Colorado e nella Califor...

Matthew Simoncini is not just the CEO of a multibillion-dollar automotive supplier. Simoncini, of Lear Corp., is at the helm of a company that contributes millions annually in support of community efforts throughout Detroit and southeastern Michigan. Raised in East English Village on the east side of Detroit, Simoncini said his upbringing shaped hi...

Democrat Ameya Pawar says that if elected Illinois governor, he would work to have Illinois rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day. While the idea may sound somewhat new, the concept of Indigenous Peoples Day has been around for a while. Vermont already has replaced the October federal holiday named for Christopher Columbus with Indigenous P...

Renato’s Pizza is often called “the best kept secret in Niles,” and after one bite of this restaurant’s Chicago style pizza I immediately understood why. With pizza this perfect, how had I never heard of this place? “We don’t do a lot of advertising,” said Laura Cupillari, who owns Renato’s along with her husband, Mauro Cupillari. “Most people lear...

Italy-based Italpollina North American, a world leader in the production of organic fertilizers, biostimulants of vegetal origin and beneficial microorganisms, will locate its headquarters in Anderson, Indiana. The company’s newest facility will bring over $9 million in investment and 35 jobs to the central Indiana city.“Through the hard work and c...