Supporting culture and the arts is part of Salvatore Ferragamo's DNA, and the Italian luxury house hosted a cocktail reception at its Michigan Avenue store last week to celebrate the upcoming 606 project.   The 606, named after the telephone area code all Chicagoans share, will convert unused urban space along the city's east-west Bloomingda...

Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Verdi's Il Trovatore in a revival of the acclaimed production from renowned director Sir David McVicar, conducted by Asher Fisch. It opens Monday, October 27 with 8 performances through Saturday, November 29. Performance dates: Oct. 27, Nov. 12, 15, 18, 21, and 29 at 7:30pm; and Nov. 5 and 9 at 2pm.   One of t...

A Rochester veteran is being honored for his work with the veteran community. Larry Trapani served two years as an Army military policeman in the 1960s. These days, he's heavily involved in working with veterans, including acting as statewide and local commander of the Italian American War Veterans and commander of the Sangamon County Inter-Veteran...

by Paul Basile   Hi, everybody. My name is Paul Basile, and I've been the editor of Fra Noi for the last 25 years. We've hit our fair share of rough patches during that span, and we're in the midst of one right now. For those of you who don't already know, Fra Noi has been the publication of record for the Chicago-area Italian...

Circuit Court of Cook County Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans announced that the annual Italian Heritage Month Courthouse Tour of the Richard J. Daley Center will take place on Oct. 16. The tour is co-sponsored by the JCCIA and the Justinians.   Offering the public a sense of the day-to-day operations in one of the nation's largest unified court...

Today, leading home furnishings destination Crate and Barrel, announces the debut of its partnership with renowned Italian designer, architect, art director and interior designer Paola Navone.   The first of three planned collections designed by Paola Navone, exclusively for Crate and Barrel, will consist of more than 140 items across multip...

All the boys and girls of Chicago must have been very good this year, because Monday marks the opening of one of the greatest concepts ever brought to the foodie world: a Nutella bar.   The bar is located inside of Mario Batali's 63,000 square foot new Eataly, which is 30% bigger than the New York location.   Read more   Source...

Reelz Channel's newest reality show, "The Capones," opens with Romeoville resident Lou Fratto boasting about his family's ties to notorious mobsters.   Fratto, whose toupee, mustache and sunglasses make him look like he's in the World's Worst Witness Protection Program, introduces viewers to the star of the show: his nephew, Dominic Capone....

by Payal Patel   Pinstripes, Inc. will introduce a truly unique indoor/outdoor dining and entertainment venue to downtown Chicago. Located at 435 E. Illinois St., the 33,000 sq. ft. venue will feature exceptional Italian-American cuisine and wine; bowling lanes and indoor-outdoor bocce courts; an outdoor patio, fireplace and bocce courts; an...

The William Ferris Chorale, Chicago's internationally acclaimed professional choral ensemble and Artist-in-Residence at Loyola University, continues its 43rd season with "Ancient Rituals, New Voices: Two Italian Requiems" a program of two large-scale a cappella works composed in post World War I Italy. Featured will be the American premiere of Bona...