The Chicagoland Italian American Professionals will host its second annual Cannoli Fest from noon to 3 p.m. on June 22 in the Banquet Center at Casa Italia in Stone Park. Home chefs are invited to present their versions of the famous Italian dessert for attendees to sample and judge. Prizes will be awarded. To be a contestant, call Salvatore Sciacc...

Comitato Tricolore Italiani nel Mondo will host its 11th annual Festa della Repubblica on June 2 at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii in Chicago. The event celebrates the birth of the Italian republic and bears the distinction of being the only such celebration outside of Italy to feature a parade through the streets. Festivities will begin with a...

The DeMaso family discovered their father and grandfather, Eugene DeMaso, was a decorated war hero who was awarded many medals, including a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his service during World War II. However, records show he never received them. DeMaso passed away 30 years ago, but his son, Eugene DeMaso and wife Miranda, contacted Congressma...

The Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish and Shrine will commemorate the recent passing of the Rev. Peter Sordi with an 11 a.m. Mass on Saturday, June 1. The Mass will be concelebrated by local Scalabrini priests, with Bishop Lawrence Sabatini and the Rev. Nicholas Marro speaking during the services. (708-344-4140) Rev. Peter was born and ordained in Ital...

The Italian Club of Benld will host the 66th Annual Italian-American Days Festival May 24-27 at the Benld City Park 30 miles northeast of Alton. The weekend begins with the park opening at 4 p.m. Friday, May 24. Swyear Amusements will offer carnival armbands 6-10 p.m. for $22 and the OWLZ band will perform 6:30-10:30 p.m. The park will reopen at 4...

When: Thursday, June 6, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM - Where: Italian Cultural Institute, 500 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1450 - What: A lecture by Dr. Judith Testa Rome’s three surviving triumphal arches— dedicated to the emperors Titus, Septimius Severus and Constantine— are among the most conspicuous monuments of imperial Rome. All are located in or n...

With his hands, mason Pietro Pendola didn’t just build a house. Brick by brick, he created a bastion of patriotism, a sanctuary where fellow Italian immigrants could congregate and learn the language of their new land. Meanwhile, he laid the foundation for a family that would add to the ranks of local police and the U.S. Armed Forces. With all that...

June 2,3 and 5, 2019. Ciao Chicago, 1656 West Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL. The Authentic Italian Table is a three-day expo organized by the Italian American Chamber of Commerce in Chicago as part of the True Italian Taste project (www.trueitaliantaste.com). Hosted at Ciao Chicago, each day will highlight 5 of Chicago's best Italian restaurants with li...

It’s the beginning of summer, which means it’s time once again for the city of Herrin to celebrate it’s Italian culture for a week of Herrin Festa. Organizers say this year they will have all the standards; like concerts, the Miss Herrin Fest Pageant, a golf tournament, and a whole lot more. In total, there are around three dozen events throughou...

The Comboni Missionaries will commemorate the second anniversary of the death of the Rev. Angelo Biancalana with a 6 p.m. Mass in the chapel of the Comboni Mission Center in LaGrange Park. (708-354-1999) Rev. Angelo was born in Italy, moved to the Chicago area in 1951, and was ordained on May 25, 1958. Following that, he did missionary work among N...