6:00 PM18:00

First Wednesday @ Ciao Chicago

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The next “First Wednesday @ Ciao Chicago. An Italian Design night.” will talk about Architecture in Italian movies. 

The event is open to architects and interior designers
CEUs provided by AIA Chicago


Guest speakers

Joan Craig, Lichten Craig Architecture + Interiors 

Alireza Khatami, Filmmaker and assistant professor at De Paul University 


You will learn: 

Examine the role of architecture in visual storytelling

Use architecture and space as a storytelling device

Identify subjective ideas that is objectified through use of space 


Italian appetizers and ROMA DOC wine will be served before and after the seminar. 

Special thanks to AIA for being our promotional partner!

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6:30 PM18:30

A Wine Affair - Christmas Edition

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Our favorite time of the year is approaching fast.

Snowflakes are starting fall and paint the roads white. Flashing lights are illuminating the streets of Chicago, pine trees are about to populate cozy homes and front yards.

It’s Christmas time!

There’s no better way to celebrate the festivities than with a glass of prosecco and a slice of panettone!

Join us for a whole new Christmas edition of A Wine Affair!

Taste one of the best bubbly Proseccos in town provided by Pitars and toast it with your friends to celebrate upcoming holidays.

Feeling generous? This edition of A Wine Affair will feature a Secret Santa area.

Bring something and get something, because a Christmas party is not a Christmas party without presents.

All of this and much more at A Wine Affair: Christmas edition!

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6:00 PM18:00

First Wednesday @ Ciao Chicago. In Italian Design Night

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Cities in Italy, Metropolitan areas and Urban Dynamics. 

Guest speakers:

ANDREA FERRARI - Trade Commissioner

LIVIO SACCHI - Architect

Presented by: 

Italian Trade Agency, Trade Promotion Office of the Italian Embassy

Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico

CNAPPC, Consiglio Nazionale degli Architetti

IACC Midwest

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6:30 PM18:30

Isola Imports 25th Anniversary


Celebrate Isola's 25th anniversary with a night of gourmet sampling of their gourmet products!


Since 1992, Isola Imports has brought the authentic taste of Italy to the Midwest.

In occasion of the 25th anniversary, we are partnering with some of our closest friends to celebrate this achievement and to thank you, our customers, for all the years of support.

Chefs from local restaurans Volare and Piccolo Sogno, have created a menu of dishes to share, while More Than Grapes will be serving a variety of Italian wines throughout the evening.


A Night of inspired food, highlighting Isola Import's diverse products.

Tasting menu includes:

  • Gnocchi freschi Isola con salsa alla marinara

    (Fresh Isola Gnocchi with a homemade marinara sauce)

  • Risotto con tartufo nero e brodo di porcini

   (Risotto with black truffle pate and porcini stock)

  • Specialita' italiana a base di riso nero

   (Italian Black Rice Specialty Dish)

  • Selezione di olive e salumi italiani

   (Mixed Italian olives and Italian antipasti meats)

  • Insalata Caprese con mozzarella di Bufala e tapenade Isola

   (Fresh Isola Bufala Mozzarella caprese salad topped with Isola tapenade)

  • E una selezione di altri prodotti Isola!

   (And a selection of other Isola Products!)  

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International Wine And Fine Food Expo

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International Wine & Fine Food Expo is a trade show that aids with the formation of business opportunities between industry professionals, prospective buyers, and international producers in the food and wine industry.

IWE has been a successful business incubator to its participants since 2011.

Based on the idea that shared interests leads to shared business, we have made IWE more than just a trade show. It is a hub for our members to meet in a relaxed environment, enjoy getting to know potential partners, and grow their business. After 5 years in Chicago, IWE has created a strong business circle rooted in a common commitment to their success.   

For the 2017 edition of International Wine and Fine Food Expo, we carefully selected only a limited number of exhibitor in the wine industry with the goal of focusing on the quality of the interaction between the producer and the buyer, and not on the quantity.

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6:00 PM18:00

Italian Expo Business Talks presents: A conversation with Jean-Pierre Comte, president of Barilla America

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Join us for a business talk overviewing the main trends in the American food industry.

Jean-Pierre Comte, president of Barilla America will analyze the topic and explain how the main actors in the industry are anticipating and tackling new challenges.

The discussion will be followed by a cocktail reception along with some food pairings, exclusively prepared by Barilla chefs.

Italian Expo Business Talks is series of seminars addressing the most important trends and changes across different industries, in an informal way.

Seminars are designed to give voice to relevant personalities in the business world and connect them with individuals wishing to learn, expand their knowledge and grow professionally.

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6:00 PM18:00

First Wednesday @ Ciao Chicago. An Italian Design Night

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Topic of the panel



EDOARDA CORRADI DELL’ACQUA - Adjunct Professor, Department of Civil , Architectural and Environmental  Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology

TONYA GROSS - Executive Director, Chicago Fashion Incubator

ANNALISA VICARI - Director, International School of Comics

The seminar will be followed by a cocktail reception with pure Italian food and wine.

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