Hermitage Avenue

N Hermitage Ave & W Bloomingdale Ave Chicago

Bizarre Chicago
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Bizarre Chicago, run by Bucktown-Wicker Park resident Gordon Meyer, offers unique and entertaining neighborhood walking tours. The top-rated and popular small-group tours focus on forgotten history, unexplained mysteries, and ghost stories.

Hermitage Avenue, named in honor of the Nashville residence of President Andrew Jackson, is home to the historic Saint Mary of the Angels Roman Catholic Church. This stunning chapel was modeled after St. Peter's Basilica and comes with a curious history. It was on the brink of being demolished in 1988, but was saved by the community and the priests of the mysterious Prelature of Opus Dei. (Have you seen the DaVinci Code?)

Also located here is a beloved school and the Midtown Boys Club. The boys club is a remarkable tutoring and mentoring program with 100% college admission for their kids.

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Be sure to look up and wave 'hello' to the twenty six angels that line the roof of the chapel. It is said that they keep a watchful eye over Bucktown.

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If the chapel is open, visitors are welcome! It's well-worth the short walk.

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