We don’t have anything against The Bean. Or Millennium Park and Navy Pier. But culture, art, and diversity are among many of the beloved attributes people love about living in the Windy City and there’s more to explore than anyone could possibly attempt in a day.
There is more than meets the eye at The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, which began as a way to raise money for a struggling local Catholic youth program. Art, antiques and furniture from a melting pot of countries grace the studio known as Primitive. Greek history abounds just a few blocks from Little Italy.
West Loop offers visitors and residents alike a feast for the cultural senses. Here are a few quirky stops to check out soon:
The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, 1431 W. Taylor Street
It started in 1977 as a dream for George Randazzo to find a way to recognize Italian American boxers. He began collecting boxing photos and memorabilia in an effort to raise money for a local cause. More than 40 years later, the resulting annual fundraising dinner is a beloved tradition for what is now the National Italian Sports Hall of Fame.
Celebrities from all walks of life have participated in the annual fundraiser, which is held as an induction ceremony for the likes of Lou Ambers, Eddie Arcaro, and “The Yankee Clipper,” Joe DiMaggio. President Jimmy Carter even stopped by to address the crowd at the 1980 induction ceremony.
The hall of fame recognizes more than 250 inductees, and the organization has raised more than $6 million for scholarships and other charitable causes. Priceless artifacts adorn the halls, including Mario Andretti’s Indy 500 race car and the coat Vince Lombardi last wore as a coach for the Green Bay Packers.
The National Hellenic Museum, 333 S. Halsted St.
Located in the heart of Chicago’s Greektown, The National Hellenic Museum features four stories that include more than 17,000 artifacts spanning thousands of years. The museum seeks to fulfill a mission to connect “generations through Greek history, culture, and art,” the website says.
“Museum artifacts and recorded oral histories are incorporated into our programming to foster understanding about the impact of immigrant journeys from all parts of Greece, and the NHM Collections are used by researchers and educators alike,” said NHM President Laura Calamos, PhD. “The NHM offers such an outstanding blend and balance in its dynamic programming that connects us to our historic past while also looking toward the future.”
Primitive, 130 N. Jefferson St.
Referred to by one Trip Advisor user as a shop and museum in one, Primitive features on of the most interesting collections of art, antiques and furniture you’ll find.
Authentic artifacts, tribal textiles, lighting and luxury home furnishings from all over the world grace the gallery. Jewelry and fashion are also featured in the gallery, which includes pieces from some of the world’s hardest to reach places.
“Primitive is more than just a store,” the website reads. “It’s a place for you to be a traveler and a treasure hunter, to collect and connect to people, places and times, and to adorn your life in relevant, attractive and meaningful ways.”
West Loop is truly a trip for the cultural senses. And with all of these places within walking distance or a short Uber ride away, Scio at the Medical District is committed to offering its residents only the best overall living experience.
With shops, restaurants, and these museums and showrooms nearby, Scio offers urban living with a local feel.
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