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Nika Levando is a 27 year old writer living in downtown Chicago, and is a Chicagoan through and through. Raised in the North West suburbs, Nika received her Bachelor’s of Art History from Loyola University Chicago and her Master’s in Modern Art History, Theory and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Trained professionally in art and writing, Nika’s passion for style, art, culture, and fashion infuses her every day urban adventures. Currently Nika writes for her own blog, Wearandwhy, and follows Chicago events related to fashion, food, libations, art, and theatre. Nika has recently taken an interest in running and this past year, participated in two 5k runs, one dedicated to the PAWS Chicago charity, and the other for the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Nika is a lover of all things related to fashion, and has participated as a model in the Lincoln Park Merchant’s Association After Dark series runway show, as well as a winner of the Chicago Blogger Network’s best dressed at the CheekyChicago Real People of Style Fashion Show. As a blogger, Nika belongs to the Chicago Blogger Network, and has currently been invited to write for Ask Miss A, a nationally renowned online publication where charity and style meet to capture inspiring voices and urban events!

Recap: Italian American Chamber Of Commerce Presents Si Parla Italiano In Chicago

Stefano Graziotti Photo Credit: Greg Birman

Stefano Graziotti
(Photo Credit: Greg Birman)

Last night, dozens of Italians and Italian Americans basked in the gourmet flavors of antipasti, ice cold Peroni, good company, and one vibrant atmosphere. The Italian American Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Institute of Italian Culture and the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans, hosted their Si Parla Italiano event at the McDuffe Design Showroom in the River North neighborhood, and it was a success!

Italian Chamber of Commerce President Mauro Galli Photo Credit: Greg Birman

Italian Chamber of Commerce President Mauro Galli
(Photo Credit: Greg Birman)

Guests enjoyed traditional dishes from the regions of Puglia, Calabria, and Sicilia, all created and presented by Quartino’s Chef John Coletta, who mingled with attendees and perused the showroom. Signore and Signori were also offered Peroni or a vino, and later had the opportunity to enter the night’s raffle for a chance to win a bottle of Pecorino.

The Italian Chamber of Commerce’s President, Mauro Galli,  thanked guests for attending, and pointed out the importance of Italian young men and women to gather, celebrate, and network, keeping alive their traditional heritage and Italian culture.



Raffle Winner, Christopher Thompson Photo Credit: Greg Birman

Raffle Winner, Christopher Thompson
(Photo Credit: Greg Birman)

Lisa Kaplan, Nika Levando, Natalie Mondane, Kristina Comforte, Elana Ferrari Photo Credit: Greg Birman

Lisa Kaplan, Nika Levando, Natalie Mondane, Kristina Comforte, Elana Ferrari
(Photo Credit: Greg Birman)


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