Colonel Renato Bacci, U.S. Army (Retired), was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service in a ceremony at the Pentagon Office Complex in Washington D.C. on Nov. 15. He was recognized for his service as state chair of the Illinois Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve from October 2013 to S...

It was all hands on deck when board member Joe Troiani presented an acclaimed PBS documentary at the museum on Dec. 7. “Heroes on Deck: World War II on Lake Michigan” tells the untold tale of a program that trained more than 15,000 carrier pilots off the shores of the Windy City during World War II. The training took place on a pair of coal-fired,...

Sunday, January 26, 2020, 2:00 p.m. Oak Park Public Library, Veterans’ Room, 834 Lake St., 60301 Tickets/Admission: Free (RSVP to info@italianamericantheatreofchicago.com is appreciated.) Join us for the dramatic reading of PASSAGGIO OSCURO (Dark Passage), by Rosemary FrisinoToohey, when the Italian American Theatre of Chicago kicks off its 2020 se...

Museum President Paul Basile couldn’t believe his ears. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame Executive Board Member and Legal Counsel Enrico Mirabelli was calling to inform him that the sports hall would be donating $5,000 to the museum! The remarkably generous bequest was given in memory of founder George Randazzo’s military service. Paul...

Osteria Ottimo has served Italian cuisine in Orland Park for more than a decade. “We are a chef-driven restaurant,” said Laco Seeber, chef partner in Osteria Ottimo with owner-chef Patrick Concannon and owner-partner Stephanie Hansen. “We love really good food so we try to share that with our customers.” Here is the dish on this eatery, which marks...

ELEGANTE Bespoke RIQUADRO - Snaidero USA’s luxury sideboard system designed by renowned Italian design studio, Mario Mazzer Architects - is a winner of the 2019 GOOD DESIGN™; the prestigious award bestowed by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design. RIQUADRO is the first freestanding furniture piece in the company’s product line an...

È con grande entusiasmo che inizio il mio mandato come direttore dell'Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Chicago”. Così scrive Luca Di Vito che, attraverso la prima newsletter del 2020 dell’IIC di Chicago si presenta a connazionali e utenti dell’Istituto, dicendosi “onorato” di poter coordinare la promozione culturale nel Midwest, “collaborando con al...

Casa Italia will honor tireless community leader Jo Ann Serpico as Woman of the Year at its Golden Anniversary Gala on Feb. 8 at Belvedere Banquets in Elk Grove Village. “Jo Ann has been a pillar of the community for decades,” says Casa Chairman Peter Volpe. “We’re so lucky to have her as a board member, and we’re so honored that she has agreed to...

Arte Povera is one of the most influential, and yet “under the radar”, art movements to come out of Italy during the last century. Since its appearance in the late 1960s, the work of Giuseppe Penone, Marisa Merz, and Jannis Kounellis, among others, have strongly influenced the international contemporary art scene, revolutionizing the ways artists t...

At the tender age of 10, Burr Ridge’s Rino Burdi tagged along to work with his father, Alfonso. The rest, as they say, is history. Today, Burdi runs the day-to-day operations of the family’s namesake luxury Italian menswear brand, Burdi, which he took over from Alfonso in 1995. “You could say I was born into it,” says Burdi. “I watched my dad cut a...