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St. Stanislaus Kostka Roman Catholic Church

St. Stanislas Kostka Church is designated as Chicago's Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy.

St. Stanislaus Kostka Church is the 'mother church' of all other Polish churches in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

It is a prime example of the so-called 'Polish Cathedral style' of churches in both its opulence and grand scale.

Along with the Basilica of St. Hyacinth, St. Mary of the Angels, and St. Hedwig's, it is one of the many monumental Polish churches visible...

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St. Benedict the African Roman Catholic Church

Address: 6559 S. Stewart Ave. Chicago, IL 60621.

Completed: 1989

Architects: Belli & Belli

Stained Glass Windows - by David Lee Csicsko.

From the Open House Chicago website.. Five parishes were consolidated into St. Benedict the African in the 1980s. Unlike most Catholic churches in Chicago, which were built by European immigrants, St. Benedict was designed specifically with and for its predominantly African American community. The result is a Modernist church—named for a slave in 16th-century Italy who followed...
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Studio Visit of Artist Muralist Hector Duarte.

It was part of Open House Chicago 2017.

On a cold, rainy day of October 14, 2017, I visited the studio of artist Hector Duarte.  The studio was vibrant and warm, with brightly colored murals on the walls that would cheer anyone on a cold damp day!  It was the first time that I was meeting the artist. He was very polite and courteous and willing to talking about his art. I at once felt welcomed and comfortable.

Before I write...

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Selfie with Artist Muralist Hector Duarte

October 14, 2017.

At Artists's Home-Studio in Pilsen.

Hector Duarte is a well known artist muralist in Chicago and his native Michoacán, Mexico. He was born in 1952 in Caurio, Michoacán, Mexico. In 1977, he studied mural painting at the workshop of David Alfaro Siquieros, one of the giants of Mexican muralism. He moved to Chicago in 1985. He has created more than 50 murals that can be seen in schools libraries, transit stops and neighborhoods...

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Open House Chicago

Open House Chicago [OHC] event is organized by Chicago Architecture Foundation. OHC is the city’s annual architecture festival. For one weekend in October you can explore Chicago’s most iconic and unique architectural treasures. OHC is a citywide event that includes more than 200 sites located in 20 neighborhoods. From mansions to sacred spaces, theaters to private clubs, hotels to secret rooms, OHC gives visitors a behind-the-scenes look at many of the city’s great spaces that are rarely open to the public. The sites in these neighborhoods reflect...
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Route 66 history in Pontiac dates back to the earliest days of the "Mother Road." From the road's inception in 1926, through its decommissioning in the 1980s, Pontiac has been blessed with a number of famous Route 66 icons. There have been four different alignments of Route 66 as it made its way through town. Today there are six wayside exhibits in Pontiac, and each tells a different story about America's Main Street highway and the City of Pontiac. The Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway, in partnership with the...
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Mural Tour, Pontiac, Illinois.

Pontiac currently has over 20 outdoor murals which depict its local commercial, cultural, and political history.

The largest mural is the Route 66 shield found on the back of the Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum.

18 murals were painted by the Walldogs, a collection of sign painters and muralists who came to town in the summer of 2009. The more than 150 artists painted the entire set of 18 murals in just four days. Free Mural Guides are available...
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