The Italian American Executives of Transportation will honor a trio of luminaries at its dinner dance on Feb. 27 at Ashton Place in Willowbrook. (708-212-1051) Frank Grimaldi will be hailed as Man of the Year at the event, and Anthony Ambrose and Anthony Pucillo will be honored as Humanitarians of the Year. The following profiles were provided by t...

The Lyric Opera of Chicago will showcase lesser-known gems by beloved Italian composers in a virtual concert curated and hosted by Lyric’s Music Director Designate Enrique Mazzola and presented by the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center. With Maestro Mazzola at the piano, members of the Ryan Opera Center 2020-21 ensemble will perform songs...

On January 3, Lorenzo Fiorentino and Richard Wojewnik picked up a larger quantity of books and records from the Italian American Veterans Museum and placed them on the shelves of the recently opened Chicagoland Combined Veterans Museum, Library and Honor Wall. Fiorentino and Wojewnik are members of the American Legion Post 335 and Veterans of Forei...

Spetterà probabilmente al Console Generale d'Italia a Chicago tenere a battesimo, nei prossimi mesi, it Grande Museo degli Italiani d'America che sta per nascere nel cuore di "Casa Italia" ai margini della City, per una iniziativa the a tutta calabrese. L'idea del Museo è infatti nata e cresciuta tra i calabresi che vivono a Chicago, e che da quasi...

Italian fine jewelry brand Pomellato has relocated its Chicago boutique to a space inside 37 Oak St., a historic building in the city’s tony Gold Coast neighborhood. (Fun fact: The neighborhood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.)  Nathalie Diamantis, CEO and president of Pomellato Group Americas, says the move—which coincides wi...

The new year is expected to bring new life to the Arcada Theatre in downtown St. Charles, which has been closed since March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. When it reopens, the building will not look the same. The historic theater and its sister operation, Club Arcada, are undergoing a major renovation project that includes new eateries, hotel su...

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of Dr. Joseph Discipio. Dr. Joe was a great IAET member and was IAET co-humanitarian with Dr. Samuel Cascio in 2018. Dr. Joe was a very kind and well accomplished man and a great friend to all. He will be greatly missed by all. Click Here for Dr. Discipio's 2018 IAET Humanitarian Award Biogr...

Recently published by the late John DiMaggio, Sarge, was a long time in the making. “He wrote it over many years, both while he was working and after he had retired and was living in Las Vegas,” says the author’s daughter, Debra DiMaggio, who was the primary force behind getting Sarge into print (and who also was kind enough to send me a review cop...

Dear Friends, We at the Casa Italia Library are very proud to announce the new updated republication of Reconstructing Italians in Chicago: Thirty Authors in Search of Roots and Branches." The 2011 edition sold out the original 1000 printed copy. Please order a copy or two and show your support for the work we do at the Casa Italia Library. Thanks...

Mortgage industry executive Michael D. Russotto will ascend to the presidency of the Columbian Club of Chicago at a black-tie-optional installation dinner on March 20 at the Royal Fox Country Club in St. Charles. For reservations, call John Curry at 847-890-8717. Russotto has been a member since 2014. “This club is made up of members with big heart...