Taking a Different Look at Chicago’s Cultural Assets [The New York Times]
As part of Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics, the Office of Tourism got $219,500 in grant money to catalogue attractions in Chicago neighborhoods. Although the vote in Copenhagen denied the bid, the city kept the money and is still compiling an inventory of cultural sites around Chicago.
Attractions include a replica of Michelangelo’s Pieta at Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica in Pilsen; the Monastery of the Holy Cross, a bed and breakfast run by Benedictine monks in Bridgeport; Oak Woods Cemetery in Greater Grand Crossing that contains the remains of hundreds of Confederate soldiers from a Civil War prison camp in the Douglas neighborhood; and many other unknown gems in the Chicagoland area.
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