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The 40th Cleveland Challenge Cup of Bocce sponsored by Serpentini Chevrolet will be held on Friday August 23rd, Saturday August 24th, and Sunday August 25th at the Wickliffe Italian-American Club located at 29717 Euclid Avenue in Wickliffe, Ohio. The tournament will host 120 bocce teams (104 Open Division & 16 Women’s Division) under nine covered b...

The skies above the Chicago lakefront will be painted green, white and red this month when the Frecce Tricolori pay an aerial visit. The legendary military aerobatic team will put on a 20-minute show at 9 a.m. on July 27 above the Balbo Monument just east of Soldier Field. Their performance will coincide with the 91st anniversary of Italo Balbo’s h...

Road courses can be some of the most challenging tracks for NASCAR drivers, and the Chicago Street Course is even more difficult than most. That’s why Trans Am Series and ARCA Series regular Thomas Annunziata will once again team up with JD Motorsports for an exciting NASCAR Xfinity Series race, and this time they’re headed to the windy city. The N...

The Modena Apennines in Emilia Romagna will be represented, albeit indirectly, at the now upcoming Paris Olympics. Indeed, on the U.S. Decathlon team will be a descendant on his mother's side of the Pasquesi lineage from Pievepelago. He is 31-year-old Zachery 'Zach' Ziemek, born in Itasca (Illinois), son of Victoria Pasquesi and grandson of Anthony...

The Detroit Pistons extended a qualifying offer to Simone Fontecchio, making him a restricted free agent. The Pistons announced the move Saturday ahead of NBA free agency. If Fontecchio receives an offer sheet next week or later this offseason, Detroit can match it and retain the 28-year-old Italian. The Pistons added Fontecchio in February from Ut...

One of the most thrilling and glamorous events in the Chicago-area Italian-American community is the contest to determine who will reign as La Bella Regina of the Columbus Day Parade. “Few events in the community can match the pageantry of the annual Columbus Day Queen pageant,” says Ron Onesti, president of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Ame...

Summertime in Chicago is in full effect, which means boating season for the luckiest of us. Boaters and lakefront enthusiasts alike can join in on the fun at the Venetian Night boat parade on Saturday, July 20, at Lake Michigan’s Monroe Harbor.  Organized by Chicago Yacht Association, the Italian American Human Relations Foundation and the Chicago...

The Italian Cultural Institute and Opera Festival of Chicago present an inspiring conversation about Giacomo Puccini, on the occasion of the 100th year anniversary of his passing. Specially, we will hear from world renowned tenor Jonathan Tetelman, who just finished singing the role of Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly at the Met, and Oliver Camacho, h...

“Mountainmen: Gothic Line 1945”. Des Plaines Theatre • 1476 Miner St. Des Plaines, IL. 7:30 p.m. • Thursday, June 20 Free seating • RESERVATIONS REQUIRED here. It took Allied forces nearly two brutal years from July 1943 to May 1945 to topple Mussolini’s regime and drive Hitler’s forces from the Italian peninsula during World War II. Key to their s...

Purdue University’s nationally renowned motorsports engineering program in Indianapolis has a new home with an internationally recognized motorsports manufacturer. On Thursday May 23, Purdue announced an innovative partnership with Dallara, the largest multinational Italian race car manufacturer, to house its motorsports program at Dallara’s U.S. h...

The Concert of the Finalists is always exciting event, sponsored by the Verdi Opera Theatre of Michigan, in collaboration with the Italian American Club of Livonia Charitable Foundation, the Italian American Cultural Society, the Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan, and Detroit Opera, under the auspices of the Italian Consulate of Italy in Detroit....

Live Italian music returns to Chicago this month as international superstar Zucchero brings his Overdose d’Amore World Tour to the Copernicus Center on Thursday, May 16. “Zucchero’s live show is one of the most electrifying, upbeat and exciting Italian musical experiences we bring to Chicago,” says Ron Onesti, promoter of the Chicago show. “Everyon...