Blase Foria retired as a Chicago Police detective after 22 years of service. Family and colleagues gathered at D’Agostino’s in River Grove to celebrate his career and to toast his retirement. “It reminded me of being at your own wake, but you can partake in it. I told people, you know, I’m not dead,” Foria said and laughed.
Rites of Passage define our lives. They signify the progress of time as well as our citizenship in a tribe, in a culture — in life itself.
Chicago commemorates these moments in ways that reflect its diversity, but through difference, we find commonality. We are all connected through these formal and informal ceremonies that remind us how much family, love and time shape us.