July 25 was the one-year-and-one-day anniversary of the removal of the Christopher Columbus statues by the City of Chicago. It was also the day Chicago’s Italian-American community turned out in droves to show unity and strength at the JCCIA’s “Pack the Park Italian Unity Day Rally.” “After all that has been going on with the Columbus issue and the...

A cup of hot cocoa in front of a crackling fire in the fall. Peacefully floating on a raft on a small river in Tennessee. Sundown over the mountains of Colorado. As soothing, comforting and embracing as those things are, the voice of radio legend Dick Biondi is just as special to me. Which is ironic, because he is referred to as one of the original...

The Italian American Baseball Foundation and National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame have formed a partnership based on their collective interests in promoting and building Italian American heritage through sports. Both organizations have agreed to a partnership founded in education and community. The immediate goal will be to host youth base...

Attilio (Ted) Micci was born 100 years ago in his parents’ home in Chicago Heights. Massimo and Frances Rotaloni Micci emigrated from Marche, Italy, and settled in the Hungry Hill Italian neighborhood of the city. Micci’s maternal grandparents lived across the street, and his aunts and uncles lived down the block. They all shared Sunday dinners tog...

The faithful returned to Golf Mill Park in Niles over the Labor Day holiday for the 121st annual Feast of Maria SS Lauretana Festival, a Sicilian religious tradition dating back to the 1620s in Italy and to the year 1900 in the Chicago area.  Although Friday, Sept. 3 and Saturday, Sept. 4 was a more traditional street festival with food, carnival r...

FESTA ITALIANA MASTERCLASS: Product Presentation & Tasting. SPECIAL GUEST: Bob Mariano, founder of DOM'S Kitchen & Market. September 9th, 2021 at DOM’s Kitchen & Market - 2730 N Halsted -Chicago, IL 60614. YOU'RE INVITED TO...A NIGHT FILLED WITH DELICIOUS ITALIAN FOOD AND DRINKS! RSVP Here. The Italian American Chamber of Commerce Chicago, in colla...

Orso’s in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood is a staple on Wells St. While this area is filled to the brim with new up-and-coming taverns, Orso’s has been a family-0wned Italian restaurant serving authentic dishes since the 1970s. Filled with “an old-world atmosphere”, it’s hard not to be charmed by the inside complete with a tin ceiling, crystal cha...

Boka Restaurant Group has announced an opening date for Alla Vita, its new West Loop Italian-American spot along Randolph Restaurant Row. Alla Vita replaces Bellemore (Boka’s previous restaurant that debuted in 2017 in the same space) and will open September 13 at the northeast corner of Randolph and Jefferson streets. Reservations are live via Ope...

If you’re facing a real crisis — say, the need to keep a 21,000-student college going through a global pandemic — it’s not a bad idea to have a guy like Brian Caputo in charge. Caputo started honing his leadership skills as a teen in the Chicago suburbs, earning his Boy Scouts of America Eagle Award, then attended the United States Military Academy...

After years of bankruptcy, the Italian government is finally replacing Alitalia with a new national airline, Italia Trasporto Aereo (ITA). It remains to be seen how different the new airline will be from Alitalia, given that ITA intends to purchase some of Alitalia’s assets, potentially including the branding and planes. As of now the plan is for I...