For retired banker, Olympics exhibit is personal
August 7th, 2016
A retired Chicago businessman is among donors funding an Olympics-themed exhibit at the National Hellenic Museum in Chicago.
“Olympic Revival: The 1896 Olympic Games” is an interactive exhibit that showcases past Olympics and addressees such issues as the Civil Rights movement, women in sports and global peace.
“It just combines my personal interest in sports, my personal interest in the Olympics and my personal interest in my Greek heritage,” said John Cannis, former head of what was Affiliated Bank of Lincoln Park (it moved under the LaSalle Bank and then Bank of America umbrellas).
The exhibit is on loan from Athens’ Benaki Museum. Cannis’s wife, Martha, is also supporting it.
The museum also plans a Sept. 8 panel discussion on the Games featuring Olympic diver Christina Loukas and Paralympians Patrick Byrne and Paul Moran.