When Maestro Riccardo Muti, music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, heard students from the Chicago West Community Music Center perform at a benefit event in June, he said he was “impressed with their dignity and ethical approach to their music style.” And after hearing the voice of 20-year-old soprano Jessalle Jakes, Muti said he’d be ba...

As the Catholic Church reels from headlines of abuse, Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral looks to focus on healing by opening a chapter of the Maria Goretti Network and offering support to survivors of abuse.  The network was named for an 11-year-old Italian girl who died from her abuse more than 100 years ago. With help from chapters in Houston and Sea...

A new Italian spot has debuted in the neighborhood. The fresh arrival to Hyde Park, called Ascione Bistro, is located at 1500 E. 55th St. Ascione Bistro serves up pasta, Italian entrees, appetizers and sides, with menu items ranging from linguine to salmon to grilled octopus. With a 4.5-star rating out of 16 reviews on Yelp so far, Ascione Bistro s...

The Italian American Studies Program of Loyola University Chicago, together with Casa Italia, is pleased to sponsor a special workshop: "Cooking up the Past. Recovering Family Tradition". Led by Michele Fazio, Ph.D., Assoc. Prof. of English, University of North Carolina, Pembroke. Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 7:00 Pat Casa Italia, 1621 N 39th Ave,...

When: Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 6pm - Where: Italian Cultural Institute, 500 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1450 - What: A lecture by Professor Margherita Ganeri, Università della Calabria Starting with a definition, and a brief outline of the current position of Italian American Studies within the Italian Diaspora Studies, this talk hypothesizes the b...

Do you like delicious food with big flavor? Then the Italian Fest in Collinsville, Illinois is the place for you! The festival is happening this Friday and Saturday, September 20 and 21, on Main Street in uptown Collinsville. For the past 36 years, Collinsville has been celebrating the Italian heritage the city is built on. The Collinsville Mayor t...

The Columbus Day Parade has been on the upswing in recent years thanks to a series of dynamic parade chairmen who have taken the venerable event to new heights. This year’s chairman is no exception. With Greco & Sons VP Lino Greco at the helm, 2019 festivities will feature additional busing locations, a new parade start time, dignitaries from the U...

When: Thursday, October 10th at 6pm - Where: PianoForte Studios, 1335 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL - What: Itinera Mundi by Gianluca Campi, accordion - Arianna Menesini, cello - Laura Lanzetti, piano Born in Genoa in 1976, Gianluca Campi began studying accordion at the age of 11, under the direction of Giorgio Bicchieri. At 12 years of age, he parti...

Michael's Italian Feast has returned to East Peoria. A fourth outlet of the local restaurant chain opened Wednesday at 1302 E. Washington St., a location McDonald's once occupied. Michael's restaurants already had been established in Eureka, Germantown Hills and Washington. The outlet in Eureka opened about four years ago, about the same time the f...

The Italian American Police Association will honor a foursome of stalwart souls at an Oct. 26 dinner dance at Elmcrest Banquets in Elmwood Park. (312-415-1202) The following profiles were provided by the organization: Alderman Nick Sposato • Man of the Year Award 38th Ward Ald. Nicholas (Nick) Sposato grew up around Belmont and Harlem avenues and i...