Add St. Boniface to the List of Chicago Holy Places Going Condo
Sep25

Add St. Boniface to the List of Chicago Holy Places Going Condo

Hardly a month goes by that plans don’t surface for one, two, or even three of Chicago’s shuttered churches or synagogues to be converted into new condos or apartments.  The latest name to add to the list: Saint Boniface at 1348 West Chestnut Street in Noble Square. It was a close call, too.  Preservation groups raised the alarm way back in 2002 that the church, with its pairs of towers facing south and west, would meet...

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Near North LDS Chapel Ready to Rise
Sep06

Near North LDS Chapel Ready to Rise

Back in the spring we were the first to tell you that the long-delayed plans to build a new chapel for the Church of Later Day Saints in River North was finally moving forward. Now, with foundation work already underway, the city has given the Mormons permission to go full steam ahead at 822 North Clark Street. Permit issued for new construction New construction: Full building permit for proposed 6-story large assembly use church with...

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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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