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A visit to the iconic Chicago Art Institute

  • Akshay Rane
  • September 12, 2017
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Fearless Indian reader – Hemangi Rane – shares her experience of visiting the iconic Chicago Art Institute on the 125th Anniversary of the memorable Chicago Speech.

On 11th September 1983, Swami Vivekananda opened his speech with “Sisters and brothers” and applauded by the standing ovation at the Chicago Art Institute. In the speech, he showed power of religious tolerance, unity and harmony. Sadly, years later same date is been associated with one of the tragical event in modern history.

Today it marked 125th anniversary and I feel privileged to be standing at the same place.
(There is a plaque installed at the Fullerton Hall, Chicago Art Institute, which reads…
“On this site Between Sep 11 and 27, 1893, Swami Vivekanand [1863-1902], The first Hindu monk from India to teach Vedanta in America, addressed the World’s Parliament of Religion, held in conjunction with the World’s Columbian Exposition. His unprecedented success opened the way for the dialogue between eastern and western religions.”

Michigan Avenue that passes in front of Art Institute is also know as “Swami Vivekananda Way”. On September 11, 1995, the Art Institute put up a bronze plaque in honor of Swami Vivekananda’s historic address. The plaque reads:
“On November 11, 1995, the stretch of Michigan Avenue that passes in front of the Art Institute was formally conferred the honorary name “Swami Vivekananda Way”)



  • Hemangi Rane

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