Gioia Ristorante + Pastificio is an upcoming Italian spot pegged for a spring 2020 opening in West Loop at 1133 W. Randolph Street. It’s a new building with room for a first-floor restaurant. The chef/partner behind the restaurant is a familiar face for Chicago. Federico Comacchio has worked as the executive chef at two beloved Chicago Italian rest...

The Italian Cultural Institute presents two museums of contemporary art committed to following art outside conventional boundaries and bringing it to a broad range of diverse audiences, both local and international. Roberta Tenconi, Curator and Art Exhibition organizer at Pirelli HangarBicocca in Milan and Marcella Beccaria, Chief Curator and Curat...

Joey Santore, 36, never expected to get famous for posting videos about nature. But on Thursday, the Chicagoland native went viral when a profanity-laden clip of him comforting a sick coyote pup surfaced on Twitter, garnering upwards of 8 million views. “I’m not going to fuck with you,” he promises as he chases the pup, who eventually relents and s...

Niles will host the 119th Maria Santissima Lauretana festival, a traditional Italian cultural and religious celebration that also includes plenty of food, drink and entertainment, over Labor Day weekend. The festival, which honors the Catholic Virgin Mary, originated in a Sicilian town and was brought to the Chicago area as immigrants arrived her...

A street name in Rockford will change in honor of a prominent Rockford Italian-American. Rockford aldermen unanimously approved changing the name of a portion of South Madison Street in downtown. It’s in honor of Louie Maffioli, a fourth generation of the first Italian family in Rockford. He was the first president and CEO of Wilson Electric Compan...

Antonio Romanucci has been installed as the 66th president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and Frank Sommario has been sworn in as the secretary of the National Italian American Bar Association. Romanucci and Sommario are partners in the Chicago-based law firm of Romanucci & Blandin. Romanucci has been an active member of the Illinois Tr...

A pair of Illinois Italian Americans were among this year’s recipients of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Attorney Enrico J. Mirabelli, corporate executive Sergio “Satch” Pecori and 90 others received their medals during a May 11 ceremony on Ellis Island. Mirabelli is a family law attorney with more than 37 years of experience. He served for 10 ye...

A reconnaissance photographer during World War II, Ralph Triggiano captured the enemy’s presence in the Pacific from 10,000 feet and the horrors of war from point-blank range. Ralph Triggiano was born in Chicago and grew up in the neighborhood of Taylor and Peoria streets surrounded by his maternal grandparents, aunts and uncles. Triggiano’s father...

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration has appointed Westchester attorney Mauro Glorioso as executive director and general counsel of the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board. Glorioso has served the PTAB in a number of capacities, most recently as chairman. Prior to that he was a member of the statewide five-member board, and before that he se...

The Sicilian American Cultural Association will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a gala Medal of Merit luncheon on Sept. 8 at Belvedere Banquets in Elk Grove Village. All past presidents and Medal of Merit recipients will be honored at the event, along with this year’s honorees, Joseph and Martha Monastero and Katherine Amari O’Dell. For details...