Come enjoy Festa Italiana through Sunday

Great food, entertainment, children's activities are all available at Festa Italiana:

12 to 11 p.m. Friday

12 to 11 p.m. Saturday

12 to 10 p.m. Sunday


Parking is $10 at UIC lots just west of Taylor on Ashland and

on Roosevelt and May

in the St. Ignatius Colleg Prep lot.


Get the full schedule at chicagofestaitaliana.


Stop by the UVA booth and say hi.



Free Historic Neighborhood Trolley Tours

Bocce Play and Instruction

Exhibit frm Italy about the 1933 Transatlantic Flight to Chicago

Neighborhood invited to Festa Italiana meeting Wednesday, July 30

The second of two meetings designed to discuss plans for Festa Italiana with the neighborhood will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 30 at the University Village Association's office, 1453 W. Taylor St.


John Barry, president of StarEvents, which is the promoter for this year's event, will explain the layout of the festival and planned street closures. Residents may bring up their concerns for traffic control and other matters involving the logistics of the festival.
Local residents and business owners met StarEvents on May 22, at the first neighborhood meeting. University Village Association is the host of the meetings.


Barry and Michelle Krage, vice president of StarEvents, explained the planning that is going into this year's Festa. The major topic of conversation was food. Business owners were told that neighborhood restaurants would be given priority to set up food booths before other providers are invited to participate in the Festa. This year Festa has a record number of local restaurants participating. 


Taylor Street will close on Wednesday, August 13, so the Festa can be set up for its Thursday opening. The street will reopen to traffic by early Monday morning, August 18. For more information, contact Kathy Catrambone, UVA executive director, at 312-243-3773 or

Miller Playlot is renovated for a new generation of Little Italy children

Miller Playlot, 846 S. Miller St., a favorite spot for generations of Little Italy children, is looking good because of a recent renovation, thanks to the work of the Chicago Park District and 25th Ward Ald. Daniel Solis. This is the first renovation since 1992.


Here is a little history of the playlot and how it and Miller Street got its names. In 1952, the City of Chicago purchased this 10-acre property on Miller as part of a city-wide program to develop small parks in under-served neighborhoods like the Near West Side. The Bureau of Parks and Recreation soon transformed the site into a small playground. In 1959, the city transferred Miller Park to the Chicago Park District, which rehabilitated it in the early 1980s and again in 1992.


Miller Park and the adjacent Near West Side street take their names from early Chicagoan Samuel Miller. Miller and his wife built a house at Chicago as early as 1827, operating it as a tavern. Beginning in 1829, Miller and Archibald Clybourne ran a ferry across the forks of the Chicago River near Wolf Point. When Cook County was organized in 1831, Miller became one of the first County Commissioners.


The following year, he built Chicago's first bridge, a foot bridge over the North Branch of the Chicago River at Kinzie and Canal Streets.



An organization is as strong as its membership, and the University Village Association is looking for a strong number of members and volunteers. 


Your membership dues will support the organization that is working for the good of the Little Italy/University Village. Volunteer, and you will actively help to improve the community for everyone.


Some of the areas that the UVA is working in:


• Planning and Development
• Neighborhood cleanup/beautification
• Festa Italiana
• Neighborhood history/heritage
• Community events


2014 Membership fees, which are tax-deductible, are:
• Individual $45
• Household $65
• Senior Citizen $10
• Student $10


What's in it for you?


A warm and fuzzy feeling for knowing that you are helping your neighborhood and a sense of accomplishment for having made an impact. Email for an application.