NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

A new Italian-inspired cocktail bar is coming to River North. Brandon Phillips, named “Bartender of the Year” by Chicago Tribune in 2016 announced the opening of a new Italian-inspired cocktail bar, named Otto Mezzo – set to open Wednesday, April 26 at 8:30 p.m. The cocktail bar will join Rockit Ranch Productions, the Chicago-based hospitality grou...

Akron Lodge 685 of the Order Sons of Italy in America celebrated its 100th anniversary March 10 with a gala dinner dance at Guy’s Party Center. According to club officials, 190 members and their guests attended. Shown above are members of the lodge at the event. The guest list included Sons of Italy National Trustee Terry Lattavo and State Presiden...

Benvenuti! Come join in for an evening of Italian culture and language with author, Dr. Kathryn Occhipinti, at Parlin-Ingersoll Public Library Monday, May 8, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Dr. Occhipinti will introduce the culture and fundamentals of the Italian language in a friendly and humorous way, with current audiovisuals to really make the Italian lang...

As two customers were leaving Dino’s Restaurant in Willowick on April 19, one stops at another table to share a memory of another visit to the restaurant. After nearly 40 years at 1200 E. 305th St., there are a lot of memories in Dino’s tables.  “We’re told often by people how long they’ve been coming here and what they remember about it and that c...

An Evening with Alberto Moravia, a dramatic (and comedic) reading of 3 of Moravia's short stories. by Lawrence Garner. May 2nd at 6:30pm. Italian Cultural Institute. 500 N Michigan Avenue, Suite 1450. Chicago, IL. Free and open to the public. Lawrence Garner will give a dramatic (and comedic) reading of 3 of Moravia's short stories from his antholo...

Interested in hosting an foreign exchange high school student for the 2017-2018 school year?  Here is a perfect opportunity! Isotta is a 17 year old girl from Italy. “I’m Isotta, I’m sixteen and I am a student of Scientific Secondary School in Italy. I think it’s a really good opportunity to improve my English, learn new things, new culture and dif...

Siena Tavern co-owner Fabio Viviani lived in the area for less than six years before he scored one of Chicago's greatest honors -- having a day named for him. He joked that it also didn't take long for that recognition to go to his head. "I was like, 'Hello, what are we waiting for?,'" Viviani told the Tribune in a recent chat at Siena Tavern in Ri...

Our first 3-day session was over-booked so we are offering it again and also adding a new series. Join us for these three-Sunday courses with the talented Italian art expert Rosa Di Grottole. Dig into Italian art and learn about the hidden (and not so hidden)  art treasures. Learn the fascinating history behind incredible works of art. Each day a d...

Construction of the downtown Westin Hotel is on pace for a June opening, and the hotel's Italian steakhouse is taking shape. It now has a name, Stella Van Buren, and a menu of steaks and house-made pastas. The 220-room Westin is the higher-end hotel going up at 550 N. Van Buren St., just blocks from the lakefront. It will be connected at its third...

The owners of Luca Italian Cuisine in the Flats are planning to open Luca West in Westlake this summer. The restaurant will be located at 24600 Detroit Road, in the space of the former Viva Barcelona restaurant. It's just south of interstate 90 and near the Columbia Road exit. It's about 12 miles from Luca in downtown Cleveland. Luca opened in July...

Maria Manca was born in Ozieri (Sassari) in 1982 and graduated from the "Università per Stranieri di Perugia" in 2008 with a degree in International Relations. In 2010 she entered the Diplomatic career of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Her first assignment was to the office of the Directorate General for Development and Cooperation of the...

Flying is not Michigan running back Ty Isaac’s favorite thing to do. “I hate flying,” he said recently. He has spent some time strategizing how he will handle the nine-hour flight from Detroit to Rome when the majority of the team travels on Saturday for a unique sightseeing and educational trip that will also include the Wolverines’ final three sp...