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September 2004 Issue

Chicago Hope
The Windy City's Cancer Survivors Garden is pretty enough for wedding photographs. Does it also offer healing and renewal?

By Sally A. Kitt Chappell

Chicago Hope Sandra Goldfield Photography

To all appearances, the Cancer Survivors Garden on Chicago's downtown lakefront is a popular success. In the summer, bridal parties regularly drive up in limousines and line up for wedding pictures. However, to a discreet question about whether anyone in the group is a cancer survivor, the answer is a typical "no." Even though the brides are aware of the stated purpose of the garden, they nevertheless choose this site (often at the suggestion of their wedding photographers) because they feel it makes a suitably lovely backdrop for a once-in-a-lifetime occasion.

But how successful is the place as a cancer survivors park? And has this garden added a landscape of profound expressive power to Chicago's lakefront?

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