After 70 years in Italian America, I am still searching for the “Queen of Little Italy.” No, she’s not one of those lovely young ladies who reign over the Columbus Day Parade. My queen was short and stout and tough, and she packed a gun. She died in 1920. In her day, she controlled more votes than any other woman in Chicago. She was a midwife who d...

Leading Italian American studies scholar Carla Simonini, PhD, has been named the inaugural Paul and Ann Rubino Professor in Italian American Studies (IAS) in Loyola University Chicago’s College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), effective August 15, 2018. The endowed professorship was established to build a premier IAS program among only a handful of prog...

Following a national trend, the village of Oak Park approved a resolution authorizing Oct. 9 as Indigenous People Day within its boundaries. The resolution was unanimously approved by the Oak Park village board at its Sept. 5 meeting. According to village spokesman David Powers, the resolution applies only to village municipal government, and not t...

As part of the centenary of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, a panel of Chicago scholars and historians will explore the extraordinary impact and legacy of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini on the city of Chicago in the areas of education, healthcare, out-reach to immigrants. The event will take place on June 10 at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark Str...

Senatore Renato Turano presented Dominic Candeloro with the Cavaliere dell'Ordine della Stella d'Italia at the Festa della Repubblica celebration hosted by Italian Consul General Adriano Monti on June 2 at the Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in Chicago.   The award was bestowed by Italian President Giorgio Napolitano upon Dominic in hon...

by Dominic Candeloro   As you might have read in the Fra Noi, our project has achieved the $500,000 mark that triggered a match by the Loyola University Chicago. I am absolutely delighted that we have launched this permanent project that will preserve and promote the history and culture of Italians in the US. We are now in phase II of the pr...

Join us on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Casa Italia's 8th Annual Authors Event! This event will be held in the Florentine Room and Library. Authors scheduled to attend include, Carolyn Alessio, Sam Amirante, Theresa Amato, Anne Calcagno, Dominic Candeloro, Arthur Cola, Mary Lou Scalise Edwards, Ted Grippo, Laura L. Gron, Maria Ianno...

Wednesday September 16 - 6 /7,30 PM - Roosevelt Branch Library - 1101 W Taylor St, Chicago 60607"The Enduring Legacy of Florence Scala"   Casa Italia presents an evening of recollection and storytelling in honor of a Chicago and Little Italy icon, Florence Scala, celebrating the 97th anniversary of her birth.Presenters include Kath...

From Dominic Candeloro, Chair Campaign for Italian American Studies at Loyolahttps://www.facebook.com/italianamericanLoyola   What's your Italian American heritage worth to you? Today, 6 generations and 150 years after the first migrations, the record of that epic experience is at risk of fading away. Though we may retain some food trad...