Since 1975, Calabria Imports has been a staple of Italian food for communities throughout the area. This family-owned Italian market and deli has focused on quality ingredients and affordable prices, and in a community known as a haven for the South Side Irish, Calabria Imports has established itself as a haven for anyone who loves Italian food. Mo...

A Pop's Italian Beef & Sausage will be opening several months from now at the vacant Boston Market fast-food restaurant that went out of business last April, Joliet Patch has learned. On Friday afternoon, Joliet Pop's franchise owner Joe Haberkorn had great things to say about the City of Champions. He said he plans to become a strong community pa...

Talented teens and young adults tend to view themselves as invincible. Even when they suffer a major setback or two, they often emerge humbler but still immensely confident. But what happens to a star athlete and corporate wunderkind who gets sidelined not once, but four times by serious health issues? In the case of Chris Bordoni, the answer defie...

One of six children, Louis (Lou) Mirabelli was born in Chicago. His parents, Enrico and Mariane (Mirabelli) Mirabelli, emigrated from Cosenza. The growing family moved from apartment to apartment in the vicinity of Taylor Street and Hermitage. “It seemed like every time the people would raise the rent, my father would say, ‘OK, let’s pick up our fu...

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...