NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

At Mare Mediterranean in Birmingham, you’ll be greeted by a video wall playing scenes of people dancing underwater. While sitting at your table, you’ll be distracted by the people who appear to be regulars filling the loud and lively dining room. You’ll strain at times to hear your companions over pulsating electronic music that seems more fitting...

It’s one of Indy’s most loved and most-attended church festivals in Indianapolis, and it’s happening this weekend. That’s right, we’re talking about the Holy Rosary Italian Street Festival. For those who don’t know, this festival is all about food, and it’s happening on Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11 at the Our Lady of Most Holy Rosary Churc...

Northern Ohio Italian American Foundation’s Chairman, Umberto Fedeli, and his wife Maryellen recently made a historic gift, the largest gift ever bestowed to pediatric programs at Cleveland Clinic Children’s. The Fedeli Family was honored at the Children’s Hospital “Derby Day Soirée” and it was announced the lobby at Cleveland Clinic Children’s is...

For survivors of the Our Lady of the Angels fire Tuesday was a day of emotion. Ninety-five people, nearly all of them children perished the blaze in 1958.  Survivors and community members gathered at the site for a ceremony decades in the making. The statute of the Virgin Mary, that stood on site that fateful day 62 years ago, is home again — with...

Benld hosted its 68th annual Italian American days over Memorial Day weekend, with events and entertainment lasting from Friday, May 27 until Sunday, May 30. The Italian Club of Benld hosts this annual celebration every Memorial Day weekend at the Benld City Park. The club organizes and runs the event and proceeds from the festival are used to fund...

The city of Carmel has a new special partnership with a town all the way in the Tuscany region of Italy. Cortona, located in the country's Arezzo province, is Carmel's newest Sister City. That means the communities will promote "international goodwill, understanding, student educational exchanges and expanded business relationships between the two...

The Lemont Classic Car Club and Reel Stories Productions will present a benefit concert and classic car show on Thursday, June 16th, 2022 from 500 PM-9:00 PM at Konows Farm, 16849 S. Cedar Road, Homer Glen, IL. Rain date will be Thursday, June 23rd, 2022. All ages welcome. Headlining the event are1960’s rock and roll music legends, Ray Graffia and...

For the next edition of #OnTapEats, I traveled to Midlothian to Bartolini’s to try their deep-dish pizza. Bartolini’s was suggested by “BIG DUB” and is located at 14420 S. Pulaski Rd. just a few minutes off of I-294 and right next to the Secretary of State facility. Bartolini’s has been serving up fresh pies, Italian beef, and homemade meatballs si...

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...