Slice of Life: Assumption Church

Until recently, Holy Name Cathedral was both my home parish and my favorite church in Chicago.  Now, it has competition for “favorite church” title.

I’ve been to Assumption Church (323 West Illinois Street) about five times, and each time it just gets better, for a lot of reasons.  But in keeping with this blog’s theme, we’ll concentrate on its physical structure.  The church is based on traditional Italian churches.  While the outside is fairly plain, the inside decorations equal any church of similar size I’ve been to in Italy.  It’s a slice of forgotten old school Chicago, and great place to explore if you get a chance.

Author: Editor

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