An American entrepreneur with deep Italian roots, Joe Mansueto is bringing the indomitable spirit of his ancestors to bear on his latest challenge: the transformation of Chicago’s Major League Soccer team. Local billionaire Joe Mansueto made headlines last September when he bought the Chicago Fire, and the dramatic changes he has made to the city’s...

One of the owners of Italian restaurant Osteria Langhe appears to be opening a restaurant in Quiote’s old spot on California Avenue. A city permit for an incidental liquor license and outdoor patio was issued Feb. 13 for a new establishment at 2456 N. California Ave. Aldo Zaninotto, co-owner and partner at cozy Italian restaurant Osteria Langhe at...

Dr. Charles C. DiFranco, will ascend to the presidency of the Arcolian Dental Arts Society on April 28 at Toscana Restaurant in Arlington Heights. For reservations, call Dr. Jessica Mattern at 480-794-0302. Dr. DiFranco works in partnership with his father, Dr. Charles F. DiFranco, and aunts Dr. Geri Ann DiFranco and Dr. Josephine DiFranco-Bordigno...

Briana DiTommaso Cardone is an Italian/Greek American restaurateur. She and her husband and business partner, Salvatore, are the purveyors of the award winning restaurants, Mambo Italiano Ristorante and Wild Buffalo Italian Gastro Pub, both in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Briana was raised on an Italian vineyard in the Chicago area where she le...

Josephine “Jo” Sangermano Townsend will be 92 come April, and for the last 50 years, she has been creating lovely and well-loved St. Joseph Day tables at her parish. For the past 17 years, the spry nonagenarian has been doing so at St. Celestine Church in Elmwood Park. “It makes me feel good to do this.,” said Sangermano Townsend, who also lives in...

Holy Week is central to the spiritual lives of Italians on both sides of the Atlantic, and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and Our Lady of Pompeii are playing their parts from Palm Sunday (April 5) to Easter Sunday (April 12). THE OUR LADY OF MT. CARMEL PARISH & SHRINE (Melrose Park) will celebrate Mass in Italian at 10:30 a.m. and masses in English at 7:45...

The John Cadel Art Gallery in the Italian Cultural Center at Casa Italia recently welcomed a model of a catapult that was designed by Leonardo da Vinci. Local artists and engineers Matthew McKee and Jonathon Boley built the catapult for exhibition at the third annual One Book, One Village series at the Arlington Heights Library in 2016. There is no...

With Jo Ann Serpico as its Woman of the Year, Casa Italia celebrated another hugely successful 50th anniversary gala. Friends from across the community flocked to Belvedere Banquets in Elk Grove Village on Feb. 8 to honor Serpico, and the program book was filled with words of praise. “There’s nobody who works as hard on as many fronts as you do,” C...

A group of aldermen and several Italian American groups have filed a complaint calling the Chicago Board of Education's decision to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous People's Day illegal. Every October, the city's Italian American community celebrates Columbus Day with a large, vibrant parade downtown. While that celebration won't change anytime...

When: Wednesday, March 11th at 6pm - Where: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, 500 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1450 Organized by the Italian & Italian American Professional Women Group of Chicago, in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago. Celebrate International Women’s Day and inspirecurrent and future women leaders of Italian...