The Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, directed by Silvio Marchetti, is the cultural office of the Consulate General of Italy in Chicago. Founded in 1985, the Institute is one of five cultural agencies of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the United States. It is located in the heart of Chicago along the Magnificent Mile. The Institute serves as a convenient source for information about Italian life and culture that showcases Italy’s classic and contemporary heritage with particular reference to art, music, cinema, design, architecture, science, and technology. The Institute is also home to a school of Italian language and culture, as well as a venue for art exhibitions and film screenings. The Institute works alongside the Consulate General of Italy in Chicago to forge relationships with local universities and research institutions. They promote English translations of Italian authors with local publishers and publicize information about Italian prizes in art and literature. They also work with ENIT (The Italian State Tourist Board) to promote tourism and travel to Italy.
The Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago offers the following services to the public:
• Courses in Italian language and culture at the Institute’s school, Italidea
• Two sessions annually to take the exam that determines knowledge of Italian as a foreign language.
• A library available to the public to view and borrow books, dvd’s, magazines, cd’s, and Italian newspapers.
• Information and documents on Italy in the field of culture.
Visit the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago’s website at http://www.iicchicago.esteri.it/IIC_Chicago/Menu/Istituto
Keep abreast of upcoming events with the Institute’s calendar: http://www.iicchicago.esteri.it/IIC_Chicago/Menu/Gli_Eventi/Calendario
Find schools in your area with Italian programs at the Institute’s database: http://www.iicchicago.esteri.it/IIC_Chicago/Menu/Imparare_Italiano/Corsi_nell_area_di_competenza
Learn more about the library and browse its catalog at http://www.iicchicago.esteri.it/IIC_Chicago/Menu/La_Biblioteca
Learn about job and funding opportunities at http://www.iicchicago.esteri.it/IIC_Chicago/Menu/Opportunita