NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

Columbus Day is out and Indigenous groups are in when it comes to Clinton Township’s local government. The township’s Board of Trustees voted 5-1 Monday to “update all references” to the Columbus Day holiday to Indigenous Peoples’ Day.” Township Supervisor Bob Cannon voted against the measure, saying it was unfair to take away a day meant to honor...

There is strength in numbers, the adage goes, and nowhere is that more apparent than at Casa Italia in Stone Park, where more than a dozen organizations will join forces to stage the Casa’s eighth annual Christmas Village. The complimentary open house is slated for Dec. 4. A Presepio Vivente, or Living Nativity, will be performed by ARPA/San Nicola...

The Mazzini-Verdi Club will honor Steve Menconi as Man of the Year and Cathy Ciminello as Woman of the Year at the President’s Ball on Dec. 3 at its clubhouse in Franklin Park. To make reservations, call Maria Banducci at 630-443-8722 or Maria Casali at 773-589-0388. The following profiles were provided by the organization. CATHERINE CIMINELLO Cath...

Springfield-area audiences will soon get a sneak peek at a potentially dangerous topic. Unveiling 80-year-old secrets and never-before discussed stories about the Italian-American experience during World War II in the U.S., local filmmakers will present the documentary “Potentially Dangerous” on Monday at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. While man...

Although he grew up in an Italian family, Anthony Taddeo didn’t know much about Italian folk music until much later. The percussionist/composer discovered the musical thread that led to forming Alla Boara while in college, when he heard recordings of Italian folk musicians made by the American musicologist Alan Lomax in 1954. A professional musicia...

In keeping with the spirit of the holiday season, the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii will host its annual Mary & Christmas celebration on Dec. 3. Maestro Paul French will lead the Shrine chorale and orchestra in a program of familiar Yuletide favorites and classics. On the program will be Christmas music from Venice, Rome and Palermo; compositions b...

Athenaeum Center - 2936 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657. Purchase tickets here. Renaissance Italy comes to 21st Century Chicago. In this modern interpretation of the classical commedia dell’arte, acclaimed Italian director and educator Antonio Fava directs Laughing Stock’s skilled commedia actors in a newly devised show. Pantalone, upon writing...

A mother and son duo with a history in the restaurant industry are opening a new Italian restaurant in the space that previously housed Palermo’s Restaurant at 2667 S. Dixie Drive in Kettering. Ali Demnika, and his mother, Advije, are teaming up to bring their family’s recipes to the Kettering area once again. The Demnika family previously owned Pa...

The building at 4120 Second Ave. has undergone quite a bit of changes over the past eight years. In 2014, the aging Tom Boy Market shuttered for good in that space to make way for the relatively short-lived Will Leather Goods, a high-end luxury leather goods store that met its demise in spring 2019. Later that year, plans for Sauce, a Neapolitan pi...

Rosie’s Italian, along with its sister restaurant, Crown Republic, is located in a relatively out-of-the-way corner of downtown Cincinnati. It’s on the northeast side of the central business district, notable mostly for the density of high-rise apartments. Many are in recently renovated buildings, and they are almost fully occupied. I know this fro...

Est! Est!! Est!!! will open at 45 W. Fourth Street in the Arcade’s Commercial and Fourth Street Buildings. At the corner of Fourth and Ludlow Streets, this location will be an extension of Mayfair Hospitality’s flagship restaurant in downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina that has been in operation since early 2022. Est! Est!! Est!!! will be led by...

Ferrero North America has broken ground on a new $214.4 million Kinder Bueno production site in Bloomington, Illinois. Plans for the facility were announced in June and, upon completion, will generate 200 new jobs, with the expansion marking the first time Kinder products will be made in North America. Alanna Cotton, president, and chief business o...