Little Italy Fest-West will once again bring the Old Neighborhood to suburban Addison this summer. Attendees will enjoy the same great food and entertainment at the same great location this year. Only the dates will change. Staged at Centennial Park on Lake Street at Rohlwing Road from July 25 to 28, the four-day extravaganza has been sponsored for...

In the two decades since its founding, the Chicagoland Italian American Charitable Organization has created a remarkable legacy of giving. Each year, the group provides hundreds of needy families with full Thanksgiving meals, presents tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships to college-bound students and bestows tens of thousands of dollars mor...

The new president of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans hit the ground running at the organization’s annual meeting. Speaking to a packed dining room at Casa Italia’s Banquet Center, Sergio Giangrande announced a dramatic rollback of dues in an effort encourage involvement on the part of both individuals and organizations. Giangrande pr...

The Italian American Executives of Transportation will honor Mario Giuseppe Weber, Dr. Samuel Cascio and Dr. Joseph Discipio on Nov. 17 at Alta Villa Banquets in Addison. (708-212-1051) The organization submitted the following profiles: Mario Weber — Man of the Year Mario Weber was born in Park Ridge, Illinois, in 1978 to Alberto and Josette Mentes...

The Italian American Police Association will honor Anthony Riccio, Wayne Bubak and Diann K. Marsalek on Nov. 3 at Alta Villa Banquets in Addison. (312-415-1202) The following bios are provided by the organization. First Deputy Superintendent Anthony Riccio — Man of the Year Anthony J. Riccio is a 33-year law enforcement professional, having started...

The Cegliesi Italo American Association will honor acclaimed conductor Maestro Raffaele Cardone at its 44th annual dinner dance on Oct. 21 at Alta Villa Banquets in Addison. (847-224-9324) A bio provided by the organization follows: Maestro Raffaele Cardone is a native son of our beloved Ceglie who has traveled the world and performed with the grea...

Coming off a triumphant Father’s Day weekend on Oakley Avenue, Ron Onesti is gearing up for a pair of blockbuster Italian-themed summer fests in August. Onesti Entertainment’s Oakley Avenue Festa Pasta Vino was another runaway success, attracting more than 20,000 attendees with its irresistible combination of headline entertainment, authentic cuisi...

Approximately 350 members, honorees and guests gathered on April 28 at Medinah Shriners in Addison for CIACO’s 2018 Honor and Hope Gala. This year’s gala honored Humanitarian of the Year Remo Turano. In addition, 21 scholarships were awarded to college-bound students who qualified based on financial need and academic achievement. The event also fea...

The Sant’Amatore Society will host the Feast of Sant’Amatore on May 6. Festivities will include a noon Mass in the Chapel at Villa Scalabrini, 480 N. Wolf Road, Northlake, followed by a procession and reception in Paterno Hall. The day will conclude with a 3:30 p.m. dinner dance at Alta Villa Banquets, 430 N. Addison Road, Addison. A Novena will be...

Casa Italia will depart from its Man of the Year format this year, focusing the spotlight on Italian-American organizations at its 48th annual gala. The event will take place on May 5 at Alta Villa Banquets in Addison. “The Chicago area is blessed with more than six dozen groups that preserve our precious traditions and culture,” says Casa Chairman...