Downtown Mormons Get Help From a Higher Power: A Great Big Crane
Jul27

Downtown Mormons Get Help From a Higher Power: A Great Big Crane

Last month we were the first to show you the renderings and give you the details about the new downtown Chicago chapel being built for the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints. Well, it’s been a busy month at 816 North Clark Street, as you can see from these photos that Near North Spy Tim put in our collection plate.. er.. tip line. They show the progression over the last few weeks from empty lot with a lonely cone to an...

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A Year After Groundbreaking, Work Begins on Downtown Chicago Mormon Temple
Jun01

A Year After Groundbreaking, Work Begins on Downtown Chicago Mormon Temple

The newest spire about to pierce Chicago’s sky isn’t a fancy apartment tower along the lakefront.  It’s a place of worship. Two permits issued in the last few days show that work is finally going to begin on the very long-awaited downtown Chicago temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 816 North Clark Street.   Currently, its adherents meet in a space shared with three other congregations.  Not...

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Will Saint Boniface be Erased?
Apr05

Will Saint Boniface be Erased?

All around Chicago, abandoned churches are being repurposed into new apartment and condo buildings.  It’s not an ideal situation to those wistful for the days when a neighborhood church held the community together, but when put in “green” terms, the most environmentally-friendly structure is one that’s already built. But that kind of adaptive reuse may not be in the offing for Saint Boniface (1358 West Chestnut...

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Fire-Damaged Church Will Be Saved, But There’s a Long Way to Go
Mar01

Fire-Damaged Church Will Be Saved, But There’s a Long Way to Go

Roman Catholics in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood have something to thank God for today — Their beloved Shrine of Christ the King has a future. The church complex was ravaged by fire in October of 2015, doing an estimated three million dollars in damage.  The destruction was so severe that it was believed the entire building would have to be torn down because what remains is unsafe. Now, all that has turned around.  At the time...

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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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Inside the Luminous Wonder of St. John Bosco Church
May15

Inside the Luminous Wonder of St. John Bosco Church

If you are interested in architecture it’s very easy to be fascinated and enthralled by the big names that dominate Chicago’s skyline. But, when you venture just slightly off the well-trodden path you find all sorts of architectural works, filled with imagination and style, that are inspired in their design and shine in their execution. One such building, a hidden gem deserved of more attention and praise, is Saint John Bosco Church...

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History Lesson: Saint Basil Greek Orthodox Church and Independence Boulevard Seventh-Day Adventist Church
Mar10

History Lesson: Saint Basil Greek Orthodox Church and Independence Boulevard Seventh-Day Adventist Church

Two churches on Chicago’s West Side offer a window on the bygone world of Chicago’s Eastern-European Jewish community. At the corner of Ashland Avenue and Polk Street stands St. Basil Greek Orthodox Church (733 South Ashland Avenue in Little Italy). Alexander L. Levy designed this building in 1910 as a synagogue for the Ohave Sholom Mariampol congregation. This congregation had been established in 1870 in the area around Maxwell and...

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Slice of Life: Covenant Presbyterian Church in Bucktown
Mar05

Slice of Life: Covenant Presbyterian Church in Bucktown

Look up at the façade of Covenant Presbyterian Church (2012 West Dickens Avenue) in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood, and you will catch a glimpse of this church’s colorful past and of Bucktown’s history as home to a vibrant Polish community. While the congregation of Covenant Presbyterian Church has worshiped in this space since purchasing it in 1993, the church was originally dedicated in 1931 as the Cathedral of All Saints. John G....

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Slice of Life: Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral
Feb24

Slice of Life: Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral

Stroll down Leavitt Street in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village neighborhood and you will find Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral (1121 North Leavitt Street), one of Chicago’s most architecturally significant and beautiful houses of worship. Louis Sullivan designed Holy Trinity in 1901. Tsar Nicholas II donated $4,000 toward its construction, which was completed in 1903. Holy Trinity was originally established as a parish church to serve...

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