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Celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day, September 16, with il’Vicinato, a local, Italian restaurant in the Little Italy neighborhood.

il'Vicinato is hosting an Italian Fiesta, a food fusion night to celebrate the neighboring areas of Pilsen and Little Italy. Guests will be provided live music, special dishes and drinks. 

Owner Leo has a heart and passion for both Mexican and Italian cuisine and is bringing food fusion of both cultures to Chicago – in honor of Mexico’s Independence Day. This type of cultural merge usually happens each year for Cinco de Mayo. With the closure of restaurants in the Spring, it was cancelled.

The pandemic has put a strain on the little neighborhood restaurant, but they are looking for ways to keep the 28-year-old business intact. “I never imagined a pandemic like this when I purchased in October. Within the first 6 months we were forced to close our doors,” said Leo Rios, owner of il’ Vicinato. “With limited ‘outdoor dining’ days left, we decided to celebrate Mexico…Italy style! I am looking forward to the Mexican Fettuccini and the Italian Margarita. It’s going to be a great night.”

“I have been coming to this restaurant since I was 6 years old,” said Donna Graves, il’Vincinato Marketing Director and neighborhood resident. “After the pandemic hit, I was so honored to work with Leo to help with growth. Restaurants are closing all over the city. We want to protect this part of Little Italy’s history. We have been focusing on safely re-opening, maintaining our levels of service, and learning from the stories of our regulars.

Il’Vicinato’s regulars have kept the little restaurant alive during COVID. Online orders, family dinners, and outdoor patio seating has helped.

“I didn’t just purchase a business, I inherited a family,” said Leo. Today, he can be found chatting with the restaurant’s regulars and learning more about its rich history.

The event will be held at il’Vicinato’s Restaurant, located in the heart of Chicago at 2435 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60608. 


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