Salvatore Sciacca was raised in the Chicago area, but he was immersed in the culture of Sicily throughout his childhood. His parents, Joseph and Mary, were born in the Sicilian town of Ciminna, and the family spent six weeks each summer on that storied isle. As he matured, Sciacca broadened his scope, signing up for four years of Italian language c...

Contractors have begun construction on a new small-footprint grocery store created by Mariano’s founder Bob Mariano and opening next April in Lincoln Park. Dom’s Kitchen and Market — the first in a chain of neighborhood grocery and takeout stores announced in May — will be located at 2730 N. Halsted St. Nina Mariano, spokesperson for the store, sai...

Avvio Italian Kitchen, the new restaurant from former Sabatino’s co-head chef Joel Piedra, is open and serving specialities like steaks, seafood, pasta, and — of course — Shrimp DeJonghe. News of the forthcoming spot broke in early September, much to the delight of Sabatino’s fans who have been missing the beloved Northwest Side Italian-American st...

Following in the footsteps of Frank Catalanotto, recipient of the last year’s Italian American Baseball Foundation (IABF) Achievement Award, Chicago Cubs hitting coach Anthony Iapoce has been named as the 2020 IABF Achievement Award Honoree. With over 27 years of combined professional baseball experience as a player and coach, Anthony Iapoce has ma...

Some of Chicago’s best young singers will perform arias and art songs by iconic Italian composers at the Italian Cultural Center at Casa Italia’s Vocal Scholarship Awards Dinner and Concert. The event will start at 2 p.m. on Nov. 8 in the Casa Italia Community Center and feature a wine and cheese reception, concert and dinner. Scholarships from the...

The Italian American War Veterans will host a special Mass in honor of Veterans Day at 11 a.m. on Nov. 7 at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii in Chicago. During the Mass, friends and relatives will be invited to bring colored candles to the altar along with a card containing the name of deceased veterans. The names will be read aloud, and the candl...

The Italian Cultural Center will host a Zoom presentation and Q&A at 7 p.m. on Oct. 30 with actor-director Giancarlo Iannotta, the creator of the award-winning feature film “My Country.” To RSVP, email casalibrary@gmail.com. To view the trailer, click here. To watch the entire film on Amazon Prime, click here.Jeannine Guilyard’s interview with the...

October 12 2020 Roma, Italy / The United States

Columbus Day in Chicago will look different this year as the fight for the return of the Columbus statues weighs heavy on the Italian American community. One of the Columbus statues removed this summer sat at Arrigo Park. It was relocated because of violent protests, but not destroyed. Italian Americans say enough is enough and to put the statues b...

On Monday, Illinois state lawmakers and the American Indian Center will announce new legislation to swap out the official Columbus Day holiday with Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Meanwhile some Italian Americans in Chicago are against this. A rally was held Sunday to demand Chicago and Illinois stop erasing Columbus from history. Another rally will take...