NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

Recently published by the late John DiMaggio, Sarge, was a long time in the making. “He wrote it over many years, both while he was working and after he had retired and was living in Las Vegas,” says the author’s daughter, Debra DiMaggio, who was the primary force behind getting Sarge into print (and who also was kind enough to send me a review cop...

Dear Friends, We at the Casa Italia Library are very proud to announce the new updated republication of Reconstructing Italians in Chicago: Thirty Authors in Search of Roots and Branches." The 2011 edition sold out the original 1000 printed copy. Please order a copy or two and show your support for the work we do at the Casa Italia Library. Thanks...

Mortgage industry executive Michael D. Russotto will ascend to the presidency of the Columbian Club of Chicago at a black-tie-optional installation dinner on March 20 at the Royal Fox Country Club in St. Charles. For reservations, call John Curry at 847-890-8717. Russotto has been a member since 2014. “This club is made up of members with big heart...

The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans is proud to announce the unanimous election of Ron Onesti as its new President. The JCCIA is the umbrella organization of almost fifty organizations in the Chicago area and has produced Chicago’s Columbus Day Parade since its inception in 1952. Ron will lead the Italian American community in fostering...

Some people make a life in film; others lead lives worthy of a film. Lucia Mauro is one of those rare individuals to whom both sides of the cinematic coin apply. Mauro was an established Chicago-area writer when she made her first foray into moviemaking with a 2007 screenplay. It led her to a major crossroads professionally and personally, for as t...

JCCIA past President Enza Ranieri, representing current President Sergio Giangrande, presented the final check for our Helping Hands COVID-19 Relief campaign to Benton House food pantry. Located in a beautiful vintage building that was a settlement house many years ago, Alderman Patrick D. Thompson and Mary Murray of Benton House were there to rece...

The Gallo family is getting reacquainted with Clintonville. Nick Gallo and his cousin, Larry Gallo, are opening Gallo’s on High at 4215 N. High St., offering a mix of modern American and Italian fare. The family’s neighborhood history dates back to GiAntonio’s Bakery, owned by Nick’s grandfather, Nick GiAntonio. “It’s sort of a homecoming for our f...

We always talk with great fondness about the Roseland of decades past while we embrace the last vestiges of those glory days. Unfortunately, the pandemic has cast a dark shadow over these living reminders of our cherished past. In many ways, last year has been one of loss as we look forward to 2021 with hope for better times. Many of the places, ev...

While the pandemic has brought some families closer together, it has kept many others apart. And with the holidays approaching and state restrictions still in force, we’re all wondering how to keep the spirit of Christmas alive in our hearts. The JCCIA is doing its part by inviting you to share your favorite Italian-American holiday memories with t...

On a 40-acre plot of land in Howell, in the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan, stands the humble foundation for the establishment of a worldwide network of health care facilities that St. Pio of Pietrelcina set in motion nearly 70 years ago. In 1956, Padre Pio, as he is best known, founded Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza, or Home for the Relief of Suffer...

Chef Dante Boccuzzi has begun construction on his newest restaurant concept, Goma, on the corner of East 4th Street and Prospect Avenue. Despite the bleak winter likely ahead for most restaurants, Boccuzzi is moving forward with the plans he announced before the pandemic hit. Goma will be a sushi restaurant--similar to his Tremont establishme...

Leo’s Italian Social is set to open Wednesday, Dec. 16, in Crocker Park. The restaurant, owned by Chef Art Pour Restaurant Group, will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:45 a.m. Doors open at 11 a.m. Leo’s Italian Social is in Center Circle at 200 Crocker Park Blvd., down the street from Burntwood Tavern, which the company also owns. It’s the sec...