Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Retreat miscellany, Part II of II.

For your edification, here is the second in a two-part series of photos taken during and after my recent eight-day retreat in Chicago. The first post may be found here.

If you've spent time in Chicago, you know that the city has a lot of streets that bear "honorary" names in addition to their everyday, official appellations. Appropriately and probably unsurprisingly, these two streets named for Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky and Bishop Jaroslav Gabro may be found in Ukrainian Village.

The interior of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral. I attended the Sunday liturgy here during my retreat and returned for Ascension Thursday.

The cornerstone of the same cathedral.

A few blocks north of St. Nicholas, Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral peeks out from above the trees. I didn't step inside Holy Trinity during this retreat, but I have attended services there before and hope to do so again.

In Rogers Park, just north of Loyola University, one finds a long and very colorful concrete bench providing a place to sit facing the beach and the Lake. Various community groups were permitted to paint different sections of the bench, but I don't know exactly who was responsible for this representation of the Chicago skyline.

In most cases, the groups responsible for painting particular sections of the bench are clearly identified. Rogers Park is a thoroughly multicultural neighborhood, so I wasn't at all surprised to learn that there are Bahá'í Children's Classes there.

The bench again. Tibetan Buddhist teacher Chögyam Trungpa said, "Genuine art tells the truth." I'm sure that many Christian theologians would agree.

Now we're in Edgewater, the neighborhood directly south of Loyola University. I've noticed the appealing vintage storefront of Granville Picture Framing at the corner of North Broadway and Granville on a number of previous visits to the area; I've never done business with them, but perhaps I would if I lived here.

As you already know from the Granville Picture Framing photo, I'm interested in vintage commercial signage - which includes signs like this one for Heileman's Old Style Beer outside an Edgewater bar.

Still in Edgewater, this is the Indie Cafe, where I had dinner with a friend after the retreat. The Indie Cafe is a great restaurant, so I hope that you'll give it a try if you're in the area. AMDG.


At 6/09/2011 6:48 PM, Blogger Robin said...

Joe - This afternoon I ran into a Jesuit who told me he'd just made his annual retreat -- here, in the city. Hmmm, I said, a lot of that going around (yesterday, someone else!) and so I asked him how he managed that. "Well, I didn't talk to anyone," he said.

There was more to it, but it's his story, not mine.

Suffice it to say that I have been introduced to a whole new take on silence -- thanks to you, as it's unlikely that I would have peppered him with questions had I not been reading your blog.

At 6/09/2011 6:48 PM, Blogger Robin said...

PS: I like the photos.

At 6/09/2011 11:52 PM, Blogger Joseph Koczera, S.J. said...

Thanks for that, Robin - I'm glad I offered something helpful. (By the way, it's good to see you back online - your post about the computer going kaput left me concerned that you would be away for a while.)


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