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Fra Noi produces a magazine and website that serve the Chicago-area Italian-American community. Our magazine offers our readers a monthly feast of news and views, culture and entertainment that keeps our diverse and widely scattered readers in touch with each other and their heritage. Our website offers a dizzying array of information drawn from every corner of the local community.

Meet Perillo Tour’s Midwest Rep, Mina Amendola

Mina Amendola has vivid memories of travelling as a child with her family to their charming ancestral hometown of Altomonte, Cosenza in Calabria. In those early journeys, the die was cast. “I always felt connected to Italy, and I knew that I wanted to spend my career helping others make those same connections,” the Midwest Director of Sales and Marketing for Perillo Tours explains. As the public face of the Italian Government Travel Office for more than two decades, she dedicated herself to building bridges between the USA and the land of her ancestors. Through her work, she had plenty ...

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Maine South High School

Quando eravamo in Italiano 3, non vedevamo l’ora di continuare nella classe di AP l’anno dopo. Specialmente sapendo che nella classe di AP avremmo studiato molto della cultura Italiana. Veniamo offerti molte cose autentiche durante la nostra lezione. Rimaniamo interessati alla lezione. È motivo d’orgoglio sapere che ci stiamo preparando per l’esame di AP in primavera. Siamo fortunati ad avere l’opportunità di studiare l’Italiano a livello liceale. Non ci sono tante scuole che lo offrono, e quando altri studenti sentono che Maine South ha questi corsi rimangono sorpresi. Tutti noi in questa classe siamo diventati piccoli adulti e ringraziamo la ...

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Indian Trail Junior High School

Quest’anno Lisa M. Turano, JD, MBA VP Legale di Turano, e Melissa Medina, Comunicazioni, Coordinatore Assunzioni, sono venuti a visitare gli studenti a Indian Trail Junior High School a Addison. Sono venuti a visitare gli studenti in 8° grado nella classe d’Italiano. Questo è il secondo anno la famiglia Turano è venuta a parlare della loro conoscenza e l’amore per il pane. Loro hanno approfondito con gli studenti quali sono i valori dell’attività commerciale. Hanno anche condiviso le molte carriere che Turano ha avuto. Gli studenti hanno posto domande e sono stati in grado di comprendere meglio la cultura Italiana ...

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Fenwick High School

Il maggio scorso, il nostro liceo ha ricevuto una donazione generosa dalla famiglia Capitanini. Con la donazione, l’aula italiana è stata dedicata alla famiglia. La famiglia Capitanini voleva dedicare l’aula d’italiano al suo padre defunto, Franklin Delano Capitanini. Ha frequentato Fenwick e si è laureato nel 1950. Al Fenwick ha praticato la corsa, ha giocato a pallacanestro, e a football americano ma non ha studiato italiano perché Fenwick non ha offerto l’italiano fino al 2000. Adesso, moltissimi studenti studiano italiano in quest’aula dove imparano in classe e partecipano al circolo italiano dopo scuola. I corsi e il circolo sono coinvolgenti ...

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Addison Trail High School

La nostra settimana con gli studenti italiani era una che non possiamo dimenticare. Durante il nostro tempo insieme non siamo ritornati alle nostre case prima di 11 o 12 perché ci stavamo divertendo molto. Durante quel tempo, siamo andati a una partita di Football Americano, Six Flags, Dave ‘n Busters, Chicago, Sonny Acres e la casa di uno studente dove abbiamo ballato molto! Noi, gli Americani, eravamo entusiasti di mostrare gli studenti italiani la vita Americana, e pensiamo che gli studenti italiani abbiano avuto un’esperienza divertentissimo. In Marzo, andremo a Triggiano, nella provincia di Bari e nella regione di Puglia. ...

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JCCIA offers next-level aid to students

The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans has launched a pair of scholarship programs that takes academic financial aid up a notch. A $5,000 Frank J. Vigilante Scholarship will be presented to students of Italian extraction who demonstrate financial need and high academic achievement. In addition, a $6,500 Nick and Helena Patti Foundation Scholarship will be awarded to college students of Italian heritage, with preference given to music or education majors who are orphans or who were raised in foster homes. The scholarship may also be awarded for other fields of study “Due to the rising costs of a college ...

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Blackhawks to host Italian Heritage Month matchup

The Chicago Blackhawks will celebrate Italian Heritage Month with a special ticket offer for the Oct. 27 game against the Los Angeles Kings. Fans who purchase tickets through www.chicagoblackhawks.com/italianheritage will receive an Italian-themed Blackhawks winter hat. VIP ticket packages are also available, and include an exclusive pregame reception in the Concert Club with food and beverage provided. Groups of 10 or more will receive savings off single-game pricing. To book a group, contact Kathleen Massolio at 312-455-7020 or

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Four Notes to headline Addison fundraiser

The Addison Sister Cities Italy Exchange will host a benefit concert on Oct. 18 at Addison Trail High School, 213 N. Lombard Road. The concert will feature The Four C Notes, Chicago’s only tribute group dedicated to creating the iconic sounds of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. The quartet will put on a show featuring hits like “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Workin’ My Way Back to You” and “Oh, What A Night.” Tickets are $30 plus processing fee, and can be purchased at fourcnotesdupagehsd88.eventbrite.com.

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Maniscalco to stage triumphant return

Fresh off a two-year-plus run on his Stay Hungry Tour, Billboard’s inaugural Comedian of the Year Sebastian Maniscalco is back with the You Bother Me tour, which will visit 12 cities in the U.S. and Canada throughout its fall run. Touted as “the comedian’s comedian” by People Magazine, Maniscalco finds himself “at the vanguard of a live comedy revolution,” according to Pollstar. And the man “NBC Nightly News” called “comedy’s new superstar” is showing no signs of stopping. A native of the Chicago area, Maniscalco will of course make a stop in Chicago, performing at the United Center on Nov. ...

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IAPA to honor Alderman Sposato, 3 others

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 is a lifelong resident of Chicago’s Northwest Side. Ald. Sposato is currently serving his third term. He was the first firefighter elected to the City Council and the first elected in two different wards. In 2011, he beat the machine in a runoff to ...

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