A plot of land near the southern edge of St. John is not far from cars and semis zipping past, kicking gravel and barreling down one of the nation's longest thoroughfares.
But, somehow, it is serene.
The land used to be farm fields, cultivating food to nourish the body. Now, it nourishes the soul.
That's the goal of the Shrine of Christ's Passion, a winding trail of stamped concrete flanked by breezy grasses.
A growing local tourist attraction at 10630 Wicker Ave., visitors from across the globe have walked the free path, which uses life-size bronze statues to depict religious scenes and the death of Jesus Christ through Stations of the Cross.
Veteran newsman Bill Kurtis narrates each stop, with the push of a button. Ethereal music airs between stations along the looping path.
The visitors center and gift shop is stocked with art, jewelry, trinkets, clothes, snacks and all things religious.
If you're worried you'll pass the shrine, just look for the three-story-tall metal statue of the Virgin Mary that sits just north of the entrance.
Our Lady of the New Millennium has Chicago roots but has a permanent home near the shrine.