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Founded in 1985 by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2015.

Originally established as a remote branch of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in New York, the Institute became autonomous in 2000, responsible for a vast territory of 16 states in the Midwest, including Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

List of Directors of the Institute of Chicago:

Silvio Marchetti, 1985-1988
Annamaria Lelli, 1988 - 1993
Bruno Bellotto, 1993-1998
Lidia Ramogida, 1998-2001
Francesca Valente, 2001-2005
Tina Cervone, 2005-2010
Silvio Marchetti, 2010-2014
Andrea Raos, 2014-2015
Alberta Lai, 2015-2019
Luca Di Vito, 2020-