More than 500 years after Christopher Columbus sailed the Atlantic Ocean in 1492, the long-celebrated Chicago holiday in his honor could be headed to dry dock. Efforts to eliminate Columbus Day and replace it with Indigenous Peoples’ Day are in the works. Those favoring this change cite historians who have uncovered egregious acts of violence again...

A standout nose tackle in high school and college, Ralph Serpico emerged as a pillar of the community he grew up in throughout his adulthood. From high school football star to Rose Bowl champion and beyond, Ralph “Babe” Serpico was a role model and force for good in his native Melrose Park. “You have a community of mostly working-class Italians, an...

Presented on the occasion of the 19th edition of the Italian Language Week in the World, presented under the High Patronage of the President of the Republic of Italy. This year's edition will take place from October 21 to 27th and will have as its theme, "Italian on the Stage." This event is also presented on the occasion of the production of "Il B...

Portillo’s is hiring more than 100 employees for their new restaurant coming later this year. Beginning Oct. 7, can apply in-person at Ramada Plaza and Conference Center (305 E. Washington Center Rd.). If you are interested in applying, visit their website. Portillo’s will open near where the old Sears used to operate in the Glenbrook Square Mall....

Wednesday, October 09, 2019. From 6:00 pm To 8:00 pm. Entrance: Free. Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Chicago, 500 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1450 - Chicago, Illinois 60611. This event is presented in collaboration with the Scuola Italiana Enrico Fermi, International School - Chicago. What is the Reggio Emilia Approach®? How are Reggio Emilia school...

When Maestro Riccardo Muti, music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, heard students from the Chicago West Community Music Center perform at a benefit event in June, he said he was “impressed with their dignity and ethical approach to their music style.” And after hearing the voice of 20-year-old soprano Jessalle Jakes, Muti said he’d be ba...

As the Catholic Church reels from headlines of abuse, Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral looks to focus on healing by opening a chapter of the Maria Goretti Network and offering support to survivors of abuse.  The network was named for an 11-year-old Italian girl who died from her abuse more than 100 years ago. With help from chapters in Houston and Sea...

A new Italian spot has debuted in the neighborhood. The fresh arrival to Hyde Park, called Ascione Bistro, is located at 1500 E. 55th St. Ascione Bistro serves up pasta, Italian entrees, appetizers and sides, with menu items ranging from linguine to salmon to grilled octopus. With a 4.5-star rating out of 16 reviews on Yelp so far, Ascione Bistro s...

The Italian American Studies Program of Loyola University Chicago, together with Casa Italia, is pleased to sponsor a special workshop: "Cooking up the Past. Recovering Family Tradition". Led by Michele Fazio, Ph.D., Assoc. Prof. of English, University of North Carolina, Pembroke. Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 7:00 Pat Casa Italia, 1621 N 39th Ave,...

When: Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 6pm - Where: Italian Cultural Institute, 500 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1450 - What: A lecture by Professor Margherita Ganeri, Università della Calabria Starting with a definition, and a brief outline of the current position of Italian American Studies within the Italian Diaspora Studies, this talk hypothesizes the b...