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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Status Update: Someplace Old Gets Something New in the South Loop
May27

Status Update: Someplace Old Gets Something New in the South Loop

Space has been cleared, but there’s no actual construction yet down at Old Saint Mary’s Church at 1500 South Michigan Avenue in the South Loop.  As part of its “Phase III” project, it is constructing a new parish center for the oldest Roman Catholic parish in Chicago (no matter what Old Saint Pat’s people claim). The project is already about a year behind schedule, but groundbreaking ceremonies were held...

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Chicago’s Lost Cathedral
Jun06

Chicago’s Lost Cathedral

The Great Chicago Fire erased many landmarks from the face of the Earth.  One so thoroughly that even the venerable Encyclopedia of Chicago has nothing on it. Old Saint Mary’s Cathedral exists today only as a plaque, bolted to the grimy northeast corner of the Heyworth Building (29 East Madison Street) under the Wabash Avenue L tracks.  It reads: Here stood Old Saint Mary’s Cathedral, church of the first five Catholic...

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