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Italian-American Heritage Month

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Designating the Month of October as Italian-American Heritage Month 

We finally have Italian Heritage Month by law in the State of Illinois!
We have been trying for a very long time to get this passed on the State level, even as recently as last session it was stalled in the senate. But we are proud now that it has made it through the house and the senate and it has been signed by the Governor!

Click below to view the statement from the
Office of State Representative, Anthony DeLuca 

CELEBRATING OUR HERITAGE

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Proud and Positive Fra Noi Special Edition 

A remarkable 28-page special edition of Fra Noi that celebrates our rich Italian legacy, underwritten by the JCCIA. In it, readers will learn about our contributions to every aspect of society, past and present.

Chicagoland Italian Restaurant Week

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Oct. 20th - 29th, 2023
Italian Restaurant Week features some of Chicagoland's best Italian restaurants, delis, bakeries and more, giving you great deals for an entire week during Italian American Heritage and Culture Month!

2023 Chicago Columbus Day Parade

October 9, 2023
The Columbus Day celebration has been a generation-old honoring the Chicagoland Italian American Community. The JCCIA welcomes everyone to joing in the 2023 Columbus Day Parade in Chicago!

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Kick-off Italian American Heritage Month by proudly flying your Italian Flag!

If you don’t have one yet, you can order one online today and the JCCIA will send you one. Order your flag now!

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WAYS TO SPREAD THE WORD

Posters

Truck Signs

Billboard

Social Media

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EVENTS DURING ITALIAN AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH

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October 1

94th Columbus Day Banquet 

American Italian Cultural Society

Jacob Henry Mansion

20 S Eastern Ave. Joliet, IL 60433

1:00pm - 5:00pm

$50 per person

Contact 815-529-1698

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October 6

Flags and Ferraris

JCCIA 

Daley Center Plaza 

50 W Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602

4:00pm 

Contact 708-450-9050 or jcc@jccia.com

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October 6 

Pugliese Reception

Region of Puglia 

Pescatore Palace 

3400 River Rd., Franklin Park, IL 60131

7:00pm

$35 per person

Contact 708-450-9050 or jcc@jccia.com

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Date TBA

Exhibit of Art by Luna Berlusconi

JCCIA 

Artwork will be on display in the Italian American Community Room at the

Casa Italia Community Center 

3800 Division St., Stone Park, IL 60165

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October 6 - November 6

Italian Air Force's 100th Anniversary 

JCCIA 

A celebratory exhibit will be on display i

Location TBA

Image by Braedon McLeod

October 7

Columbus Classic Bocce Tournament

Hardcore Italians and the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame

Casa Italia

3800 Division St., Stone Park, IL 

8:00am

$200 per foursome

October 7

Colubus Classic Car and Bike Show

Hardcore Italians and the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame

Casa Italia

3800 Division St., Stone Park, IL 60165

9:00am - 3:00pm

$15 general admission 

Pasta Bolognese

October 8

Mangia!

Italian Feast 

Columbian Club of Chicago 

Casa Italia Festival Center 

3800 Division St., Stone Park, IL 60165

12:00pm - 5:00pm 

$19 for adults, $12 for seniors,

$5 for children 

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October 8

President's Ball and Dinner

JCCIA

Chicago Cultural Center 

78 E Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602

5:00pm

$100 per person 

Contact 708-450-9050 or jcc@jccia.com

Special guest Antonia Bennett

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October 9

Columbus Day Mass

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii

1224 W Lexington St., Chicago, IL 60607

9:00am

Followed immediately by a wreath-laying ceremony in Arrigo Park, Chicago

October 9

Columbus Day Parade

JCCIA 

State Street, Chicago

(From Wacker Drive to Van Buren Street)

9:00am - 3:00pm

Parade Opening Ceremony: 12:00pm

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October 14

Hall of Fame and Special Recognition

Greater Rockford Italian American Assoc.

Venetian Club

2180 Elmwood Rd., Rockford, IL 61103

6:30pm

$45 per person

Contact 815-871-8319

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October 14 - 15

Military Showcase and Reenactment

Chicagoland Veterans Museum and the Italian American Veterans Museum

Berkeley Park

5819 Electric Ave., Berkeley, IL 60163

Open 10:00am - 5:00pm

Contact 708-606-0742​

October 14

97th Annual Columbus Banquet

Order Sons and Daughters of Italy 

Orland Chateau

14500S La Grange Rd. Orland Park, IL 60462

Cocktails 12:00pm; Luncheon 1:15pm

$59 per person

Contact 708-403-7822 or lloparco@gmail.com

October 14

Hall of Fame and Special Recognition

Greater Rockford Italian American Assoc.

Venetian Club

2180 Elmwood Rd., Rockford, IL 61103

6:30pm

$45 per person

Contact 815-871-8319

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October 15

Italian-Polish-Latin American Unity

JCCIA

National Museum of Puerto Rican

Arts and Culture

3015 W Division St., Chicago, IL 60622

6:00pm

Contact 708-450-9050 or jcc@jccia.com

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October 15

Columbus Day Mass

Greater Rockford Italian American Assoc.

St. Anthony of Padua Church 

1010 Ferguson St., Rockford, IL 61102

10:30am

Contact 815-871-7789

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October 26

Movie Screening: "My Italian Secret"

JCCIA

"My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes"

Wayfarer Theatre

1850 2nd St., Highland Park, IL 60035

7:00pm

RSVP 708-450-9050 or jcc@jccia.com

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October 20 - 29

Chicagoland Italian Restaurant Week

JCCIA and Greco Foods

Featuring some of Chicagoland's best Italian restaurants, delis, bakeries and more, giving you great deals for an entire week during Italian American Heritage and Culture Month!

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October 21

Gala and Awards Dinner

Italian American Chamber of Commerce

CineCity Studios 

2429 W 14th St., Chicago, IL 60608

6:00pm

Tickets starting at $350

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October 22 - 23

International Food and Wine Expo

International Wine Expo and Vinitaly

CineCity Studios 

2429 W 14th St., Chicago, IL 60608

The largest Italian wine trade show in the United States.

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October 24

Movie Screening: "Cabrini"

JCCIA

Des Plaines Theatre 

1476 Miner St., Des Plaines, IL 60016

7:00pm

Contact 224-354-2333

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October 30

Rocky Marciano's 100th Birthday 

National Italian American

Sports Hall of Fame 

Des Plaines Theatre 

1476 Miner St., Des Plaines, IL 60016

7:00pm

Contact 224-354-2333

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