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Chicago’s Italian Americans celebrate

August in Chicago is full of celebrations of Italian-American heritage. Events include:

St. Rocco

A statue of St. Rocco, festooned with donations.

  • Aug. 11–14: Taylor Street Italian Festival, Taylor Street and Ashland Avenue, Chicago.

    This Little Italy festival lines Taylor Street with booths offering a variety of Italian food, a wine garden, culinary presentations and four stages of continuous live entertainment including The Rat Pack and The Other Three Tenors, The Bronx Wanderers (tribute to the Four Seasons and Dion), The Hit Men (former members of The Four Seasons and Tommy James and the Shondells), plus DJs, cultural exhibits, authentic Italian merchandise and children’s activities

  • Aug. 14–15: 91st anniversary Feast of St. Rocco di Simbario, St. Therese Church, 218 W. Alexander St., Chicago.

    Events begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday with a novena in honor of St. Rocco and the anointing of the sick (Rocco is the protector against contagious disease). Sunday morning, the Dara La Societa Unione Progresso & Civilta di Tutti i Paesani di Simario, Provincia di Vibo Valentia, Calabria starts off at from St. Therese at 9 a.m. to gather “candlehouses” (candelabra) from parish families, and then returns to the church for 10:30 a.m. Mass. Next, the colorful procession of steps off at 11:30 a.m. proceeding through Chinatown and Bridgeport with Caliendo’s Banda Napoletana accompanying. Everyone’s invited to participate in the procession and a gourmet buffet dinner to follow. Call (312) 842-6777 for information.

  • Aug. 21: 108th anniversary Feast of St. Rocco di Potenza, St. Williams Parish, 2559 N. Sayre Ave., Chicago.

    After 11:30 a.m. Mass, the Society of Saint Rocco di Potenza will lead a procession through the Mont Clare parish at 1 p.m., followed by Italian food, plus entertainment at 4 p.m. featuring Miss 48 (a folk group from Basilicata, Italy), Stella Raimondi and Enzo Scarano..Novenas to St. Rocco take place at the church at 8:15 p.m. Aug. 12 through 20, and an anointing Mass for the sick at 7 p.m. Aug. 16.

  • Aug. 26–28: West Suburban Festa Italiana, Centennial Park, Addison.

    This festival features food from local Italian restaurants, and entertainment from the Bronx Wanderers; Carnevale di Venezia, a colorful Venetian celebration; bocce ball games, and a special Italian Mass at 10 a.m. Sunday.

  • Aug. 28: Festa Tutti di Santi, Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, 1224 W. Lexington St., Chicago.

    Mass, at 11 a.m., and a procession of saints and banners through Little Italy will be followed by a picnic with a variety of food, entertainment, bocce games, gift sales, a pictorial history of “The Italian Experience,” children’s activities and more.