CHICAGO >> An exhibit about Chicago’s candy-making history is opening at a museum in the city’s Greektown neighborhood.
The National Hellenic Museum hosts the exhibit, titled “Sweet Home Chicago,” which began Thursday. It tells the stories of the Greek immigrants who ran candy and ice cream shops throughout the city by the late 1800s. By 1906 one of the nation’s Greek-language newspapers reported there were 925 Greek-owned candy and ice cream businesses in Chicago.
The exhibit was created by the Elmhurst Historical Museum. For more information visit nationalhellenicmuseum.org.
Chicago to open 40-acre bike park
CHICAGO >> Chicago is transforming a former industrial site into a 40-acre bike park that will be the first of its kind in the Midwest.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Park District Superintendent Michael Kelly broke ground Saturday on the Bike Park at Big Marsh. It will be part of a 270-acre habitat restoration being built near Lake Calumet.
The bike park, modeled after Valmont Park in Boulder, Colo., will include a single-track bike trail, dual slalom course, pump park, dirt jump trail, bike skills area and cycle-cross course.
The Colorado park opened in 2011 and draws hundreds of cyclists daily during the summer.
Project replicates Sistine Chapel
MEXICO CITY >> Renaissance art lovers in Mexico won’t need to travel to Vatican City to see the glories of the Sistine Chapel.
A private art project has created a temporary replica of the chapel in Mexico’s art deco Monument to the Revolution.
People were lined up recently to see the replica, which is open and free to the public through June 30.
Creative director Gabriel Berumen came up with the idea of creating a replica for Mexico while he was visiting the Sistine Chapel two years ago.
The Vatican-approved Mexican replica was created using more than 2.7 million photographs printed on cloth and hung from a metal framework. It not only includes the frescoes of Michelangelo, but also sculptures.