J. Sterling Morton Hi
Also known simply as "Morton East", this high school is one of many in Cicero's public school system. J. Sterling Morton High School East is special, however, because of its historical significance. Though today it is a sophomore-senior high school facility with a few thousand students, Morton East has a history that dates back as early as 1915, when the principal of the school made the Chicago newspapers for walking his cow through Cicero's streets. The school's Chodl Auditorium, built in 1925 in the Beaux Arts style, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in the 1980s.
St. Mary of Czestocho
Neo-gothic churches are not the most common sight in suburban American towns, but the Church of St. Mary of Czestochowa is just such a sight to behold. This historic cathedral was built in 1905, and its name is reflective of the Polish and German immigrants who founded the parish in 1895. The church is not just a landmark; it still hosts an active parish with regular services. Additionally, the church is home to St. Mary's Center for Youth and Families, an educational facility that offers services like early childhood education and daycare for older students.
"This American Life"
Cicero was once the subject of an entire hour-long episode of the popular public radio program "This American Life." That program is produced out of Chicago, giving its reporters and producers a unique perspective on life in Cicero. The episode focuses on the ways in which Cicero's past clashes with its future, particularly how some residents of the city are resisting the change that is inevitably seeping into their hometown. Of course, this radio program only gives one hour of perspective on a very complex topic, but fans of the show who live in Cicero may be particularly interested to hear what it says.