Chicago, Illinois: Salt Stain Virgin Mary

A miracle, or road salt? A Mary-like image has for years stained a bridge pillar in metro Chicago, and has been turned into a shrine by the devout, protected by plexiglass from vandal attacks.
Address:
Fullerton Ave., Chicago, IL
Directions:
Fullerton Ave., underneath the Kennedy Expy/I-90. The stain is under the northeast side of the bridge; floral offerings may be visible.
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Image of the Virgin Mary in a salt stain. Salt Stain Virgin Mary

When it first appeared and the throngs were visiting, we happened to be on an oddities tour, and were lucky enough to see it before any of the controversy.

[Joe Desiderio, 02/23/2006]

Feb. 2006: Amanda reports that Salt Stain Mary has been painted over after a vandal painted a Nazi swastika over it.

Miraculous Salt Stain Virgin Mary Is Back

The Virgin Mary apparation under an expressway in Chicago, recently defaced and painted over, has been cleaned and is again visible. Miracle sightings fans and devout believers were dismayed last week when a man wrote "Big Lie" in shoe polish across the salt stain visage of Mary, and the DOT painted over the whole image.... [05/09/2005] Complete News Story

Miraculous Salt Stain Virgin Mary Destroyed

The Virgin Mary that appeared under an expressway in Chicago is gone. Victor Gonzalez has been charged with defacing the apparition by painting the words "Big Lie" over the miraculous Mary, an image believed by some to be created by highway salt runoff staining the concrete.... [05/06/2005] Complete News Story

Crowds Swell at Miraculous Salt Stain Virgin Mary

Saw horses and police patrols have been placed under Chicago's Kennedy Expressway to help manage crowds visiting a miraculous apparition of the Virgin Mary. The image is a yellow and white stain, possibly created by winter road salt, running down a concrete wall under the Expressway along Fullerton Avenue.... [04/20/2005] Complete News Story

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