Italidea-Midwest is a 501(c)3 not for profit corporation dedicated to fostering the study of the Italian language to individuals of all ages, and to the promotion of the Italian culture through education, throughout the Chicago Italian Consular Jurisdiction. Through the Consulate, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs contributes to the efforts of Italidea-Midwest and the proliferation of the Italian culture and language.
Italidea-Midwest is dedicated to the education of tomorrow’s leaders by exposing children and young adults to the Italian language and the finest traditions of Italian culture.
Italy is the eighth-largest economy in the world, and a major political and commercial partner of the United States. Thousands of American firms conduct business with Italy. The U.S. is Italy’s eighth largest supplier of goods and services with cumulative direct investments in Italy totaling approximately USD 25.3 billion in manufacturing, computer services and software, and energy, with significant industrial relationships in the aerospace, automotive, sectors. Major American companies have offices in Italy,while Italy has been the source of substantial foreign direct investment in the United States, with many Italian firms maintaining offices/operations in the U.S., including companies such as Fiat, Benetton, Barilla, Rana and a host of fashion and design related companies. Italy and the United States have both economic and cultural bonds that have withstood the test of time.
A well-rounded education and proficient Italian language skills amplifies future professional and academic opportunities for our students in a variety of fields/endeavors, from education to computer programming, to public relations, journalism web design, graphic design, hospitality, food and food services, scientific endeavors, music, cinema and diplomacy, to name a few.