NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

On June 8, 2022, at 2 PM CT, the Italian American Chamber of Commerce Midwest cordially invites you to an exclusive PRODUCT PRESENTATION: an educational journey highlighting the authentic and certified Sicilian specialties - in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to increase the knowledge and consumption...

Gold Medal Plaza has welcomed a new Dedication Bronze Plaque to the park Saturday in Terre Haute, IN. The Dedication Plaque is in honor of late Italian Immigrant Nick Agresta Sr. who served in World War 2 and raised his family in 12 Points. 12 Points is where Nick continued to show support and patriotism post war by selling thousands of American fl...

Here in Ohio, we’re lucky to have our fair share of delicious, authentic Italian restaurants. You may not have realized, though, that some have been around for over 100 years. Guarino’s is a prime example. It’s the oldest Italian restaurant in Cleveland, and among the oldest in the entire state of Ohio. When you visit, you can look forward to incre...

What comes to mind when you first hear the phrase “Roseland groups”? If you’re in your late 70s and older, its’ probably Frankie Bortoli or Eddie Baldacci and their bands. If you’re from the  generation before that, you’re probably thinking Styx or Chicago. If you so, you’d be way off the topic of this column. Many social groups were formed in Rose...

After a two-year hiatus, one of Italian Village’s most iconic spots to grab a drink has officially reopened its doors. St. James tavern re-opened for business over the weekend. The popular spot had previously been closed since 2020, following the outbreak of COVID-19 in Ohio. The tavern had initially hoped to reopen as early May of 2020, but the mo...

It’s always good newswhenwe pick up another high-quality Italian restaurant. Luigi’sItalian Grill (https://www.facebook.com/Luigis-Italian-Grill101609172474780) opened recently justsouth of U.S. 72 offNance Rd. in eastern Madison. As hidden gemsfrequently do, Luigi’ssits behind an unassuming shopping center facade (thoughword-of-mouth for Luigi’s o...

When: Friday, June 3 at 6pm CT - Where: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago  Prof. Jesse Rosenberg presents Verdi's "Un ballo in maschera" ahead of the upcoming performances of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra directed by Riccardo Muti. Verdi's “Un Ballo in Maschera” has long been a mainstay of the operatic repertoire, but its creation and the circ...

In this era of ever-expanding inclusion, Italian Americans have long been the odd community out. That may soon change in Illinois if Diana Hartmann has anything to do with it. An educational administrator of Italian descent, Hartmann has watched as books about Italian and Italian-American history and culture have disappeared from the shelves of sch...

A philanthropic powerhouse for more than 30 years, the Chicagoland Italian American Charitable Organization has bestowed nearly $900,000 in scholarships and tens of thousands more to veterans in need over the decades. Most of those funds have been raised at its annual Honor and Hope gala, but this year CIACO has decided to mix things up a bit. “We’...

I have been on a personal journey as of late. I have been looking for the best Italian sub in the Chicagoland area. I have always had a favorite which was the Alpine Sub in Elmwood Park. I think I have found a new king of the best Italian sub in the Chicagoland area. The name of the sub shop is Serino Italian Deli in Addison. The deli has been in b...

Casa Italia’s 2022 gala has blossomed into a standout event, with a cavalcade of outstanding honorees and game-changing entertainment. The stage will be set at 5:30 p.m. on June 24 at Belvedere Banquets in Elk Grove Village. The star of the show will be transportation construction dynamo Joseph Dote. “Joe has transformed the way we get from the gro...

Robert A. Gervasi has been named the interim president for the University of Mount Union. The University of Mount Union Board of Trustees announced Tuesday that Gervasi will serve as the interim president for the upcoming academic year and will succeed Thomas J. Botzman, who announced last month that he plans to retire June 30. Gervasi is expected...