Second Presbyterian Church of Chicago To Be Repaired
Apr25

Second Presbyterian Church of Chicago To Be Repaired

The historic Second Presbyterian Church of Chicago in the city’s South Loop neighborhood received a renovation permit for much-needed repairs on April 20th. The church, at 1936 South Michigan Avenue, has been covered in varying degrees of scaffold after a tragic accident back in September of 2014 killed a passerby as she walked past. Now, permission is in place to repair the facade of the bell tower and restore the windows, as...

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Slice of Life: Can The St. Adalbert Towers Be Saved?
Apr15

Slice of Life: Can The St. Adalbert Towers Be Saved?

Demolition of historic structures will always raise passion levels to peak anxiety. When the subject of said demise involves an old Chicago church, that angst skyrockets through the roof. Just ask fans of the former Saint Dominic’s Church in Cabrini-Green, or West Town’s Saint Boniface, just to name two. Saint Boniface still has a chance to be saved, but the venerable Saint Dominic lives on only in memory. Now...

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Chicago Plan Commission Approves Assumption Catholic Church Project
Feb19

Chicago Plan Commission Approves Assumption Catholic Church Project

Thursday, the Chicago Plan Commission gave its approval for a multi-dimensional project involving the Assumption Catholic Church and grounds at 311 West Illinois Street. The big addition to the neighborhood would be 3Eleven, a 23-story apartment tower designed by friends-of-the-blog FitzGerald Associates, in what is now a surface parking lot on the southwest corner of Illinois and Franklin Streets. Developer John Buck Company wants to...

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Saint Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral Stands Tall In Ukrainian Village
Dec24

Saint Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral Stands Tall In Ukrainian Village

From nearly any vantage point in the Near West Side, you can spot one of the baker’s dozen of ornate spires atop Saint Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral. The church is located just off of Chicago Avenue at 835 North Oakley Boulevard. This stately 1915 structure, designed by Worthmann & Steinbach, was one of the 200 buildings featured during the 2015 edition of the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House...

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Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist Offers A Friendly Welcome To Visitors
Dec22

Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist Offers A Friendly Welcome To Visitors

Architects who design buildings for a city center must often contend with a lack of one thing that’s far more available in the suburbs. That precious commodity is space. And it becomes even more of a challenge when the building in question is a house of worship. Think about some of the enormous sprawling churches, synagogues and mosques you’ve seen. It would be hard to squeeze one of them in to a neighborhood like the Chicago Loop....

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What’s New at Old St. Mary’s?
Aug14

What’s New at Old St. Mary’s?

When last we checked in on Old St. Mary’s back in May, the South Loop church had just been granted permission by the city to build an addition onto the facility at 1500 South Michigan Avenue. We Slooped our way down there Wednesday to see how they’ve progressed, and were able to take a quick look around the Mazur Construction workplace. Designed by Charles Newman of Newman Architecture in Naperville, 11,000-square-foot*...

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Saint Dominic’s Church Ready For Last Rites
Aug07

Saint Dominic’s Church Ready For Last Rites

Back in July, our Kevin Mungons received divine dispensation to take one last look at the interior of Saint Dominic’s Church at 357 West Locust Street. The city of Chicago, as you recall, had just issued a demolition permit for the 110-year-old edifice. As sad as Kevin’s photos were, it’s even more disheartening to see this once mighty fortress reduced to the piles of rubble and scrap that now appear at the lot in...

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One Last Look at Historic Saint Dominic’s Church Before it Meets the Wrecking Ball
Sep30

One Last Look at Historic Saint Dominic’s Church Before it Meets the Wrecking Ball

Chicago neighborhoods are constantly changing.  But the River North area has seen more radical change than most in that twice its residents have been dramatically and fully displaced. First, with the 1950’s-60’s razing of the existing neighborhood to create the huge public housing project that was Cabrini-Green. Then starting in the 1990’s, the demolition of the same. Now the entire area – largely cleared to a blank...

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Slice of Life: The Chapel That Could Be A Cathedral
Nov28

Slice of Life: The Chapel That Could Be A Cathedral

John D. Rockefeller was one of the biggest businessmen in American history. So it’s not surprising that his idea of a “chapel” is larger than many cathedrals. The Rockefeller Chapel (5850 South Woodlawn Avenue) is on the campus of the University of Chicago, and one of the city’s great places to sit, meditate, and get your wits about you. Outside, the Bertram Goodhue design is magnificently neo-gothic. At the...

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Slice of Life: Saint John Sunflower
Aug13

Slice of Life: Saint John Sunflower

  A sunflower blooms in the weedy lot behind Saint John Cantius Roman Catholic Church (825 North Carpenter Street) in the Goose Island neighborhood. Saint John’s used to be a huge parish, but then it was cut off from its parishioners by the twin insults of Ogden Avenue and the Kennedy Expressway.  Many of those whose homes weren’t bulldozed to make room for car culture moved to the suburbs as the neighborhood deteriorated....

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