A sense of deep “hurt” and confusion swept through the city’s Italian American community Friday, hours after the removal of two Christopher Columbus statues in the dark of night. “Are we happy about it? Absolutely not. As a community, we are extremely hurt,” said Sergio Giangrande, president of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans, which...

The city’s controversial Christopher Columbus statues will likely be removed soon, officials said. The statues in Grant Park and Little Italy have been the subject of high-profile protests in recent weeks — including one Friday in Grant Park where police and protesters violently clashed, leaving dozens of people injured. At that protest, people sca...

It’s surely not fashionable or politically correct to say so, but I’ve long admired the Grant Park statue of Christopher Columbus that protesters unsuccessfully tried to topple last week. The statue is just one example of how the controversial Italian explorer is as deeply embedded in American culture as such Founding Fathers as Benjamin Franklin....

Violence between police and protestors at a downtown Christopher Colombus statue Friday night has Italian Americans in Chicago speaking up. Italian Americans in Chicago want to talk with protestors they say have gone too far as a violent confrontation with police took place Friday night.  Members of the Italian American community said they don't un...

At a moment in our history when conflict is rampant and emotions are running high, Chicago-area Italian Americans are charting a decidedly different course. They’re building coalitions, employing quiet diplomacy and reaching out across the divide to build support for their causes. The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans has been at the foref...

The day after protests in Chicago near the Christopher Columbus statue in Arrigo Park, Mayor Lori Lightfoot criticized both demonstrators accused of attacking police and the police who allegedly responded with excessive force. Protesters marched to Arrigo Park in the Little Italy neighborhood from the Black and Indigenous Solidarity Rally Protests...

Protesters surrounded the Christopher Columbus statue in Grant Park Friday night, spray-painted it and tried to pull it down. A large group gathered about 4:20 p.m. at Buckingham Fountain, 301 S. Columbus Dr., for a protest and moved south into Grant Park, Chicago police said. The group approached the Christopher Columbus statue and some “used the...

Italian food meets American taste. The debate on what food can be called American is always a tasty battle of the senses. And while American fare varies, according to Business Insider, the go-to dishes for five states pull from the same cuisine: Italian. And the winners are… The "Toasted Ravioli" for Missouri. This ravioli from St. Louis is doused...

Dick Nardini loved to play golf. Whether attending the annual Chicago Sun-Times golf outing to gain new advertisers for the newspaper to which he devoted his career or getting together to play 18 holes with a group of friends, it wasn’t uncommon to find Mr. Nardini out on the course. Mr. Nardini and some of his newspaper co-workers would frequent a...

La Fontanella’s owners are retiring and closing the restaurant’s doors for good after decades of serving authentic Italian cuisine on Oakley Street. For 34 years, husband-and-wife team Gianfranco “Franco” and Maria Gamberale served fresh, traditional Italian dishes like chicken Vesuvio, eggplant Parmigiana and lasagna Bolognese.  From the broths to...