A whole new world awaits kids ages 4 to 16 who take part in this year’s Italian Language and Culture Camp at Casa Italia. After more than a decade of devotion to the Italian language and culture, Camp Director Josette Mentesana Weber and Language Coordinator Angela Mentesana will be stepping back from day-to-day involvement. With their blessings, C...

“Money makes the world go ’round,” or so they say. But in the world I live in, volunteerism is every bit as precious as cold, hard cash. At Fra Noi, we have Dan Serafini, a retired financial systems programmer who emailed me out of the blue one day with an offer of help. He came along just as Mary DeSanto was stepping down as our longtime mailing m...

Holy Week is central to the spiritual lives of Italians on both sides of the Atlantic, and Casa Italia, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and Our Lady of Pompeii are playing their parts from Palm Sunday (April 14) to Easter Sunday (April 21). CASA ITALIA (Stone Park) will celebrate Mass at noon on Palm Sunday; Mass and the traditional washing of the feet at 7...

The Italian American Theater of Chicago will present world-renowned commedia dell’arte maestro Antonio Fava in a performance of “Speechless Pulcinella” from 6 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 23 in the Ballroom of the Community Center at Casa Italia in Stone Park. On his way to claim a lottery jackpot, Pulcinella is struck dumb when a black cat crosses his path....

Saturday, February 23rd from 6-9pm. Casa Italia Community Center, The Ballroom. 3800 Division Street, Stone Park, IL Presented by the Italian American Theatre of Chicago and Studio Z, in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago. In this once-in-a-lifetime treat, Antonio Fava, Italy’s world-renowned maestro of Commedia dell’Arte,...

Casa Italia will honor Albert Belmonte as Man of the Year on Feb. 9 at Alta Villa Banquets in Addison. To purchase purchase event and raffle tickets, place an ad in the program book or become a sponsor, click here. The following profile was provided by the sponsoring organization. ALBERT BELMONTE If you listen to Al Belmonte, you’d think that Casa...

Dozens gathered at a Chicago Heights restaurant for fellowship and to honor family members and former neighbors who served in the U.S. military during World War II. They shared memories Tuesday night of living in Chicago’s Roseland and Pullman neighborhoods and celebrated the discovery of a relic that honored men who fought for freedom after fascis...

It’s that time of the year when we pay tribute to all veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces who have served our country through the centuries. Since Nov. 11, 1954, Veterans Day has been observed as a national holiday in America. Originally dubbed Armistice Day, it marks the anniversary of the end of World War I, which formally came to a close at the 11...

Welcome to the “The Grid,” the Chicago Sun-Times’ in-depth look at Chicago neighborhoods. Today’s stop: Little Italy. Located four miles west of downtown Chicago, Little Italy was the first stop for many Italian immigrants arriving to the city in the late 1800s and early 1900s.  Filled with family-owned shops, restaurants and churches, it was the h...

Some of Chicago’s best young singers will perform arias and art songs by iconic Italian composers at the Italian Cultural Center’s Vocal Scholarship Awards Dinner and Concert. The event will start at 2 p.m. on Nov. 11 in the Mentesana Weber Chandelier Room of the Community Center at Casa Italia and feature a wine-and-cheese reception, concert and d...