Religious Sites in Chicago

Religious Sites in Chicago, IL

Religious Sites in Chicago

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  • Eva T
    United Kingdom2,342 contributions
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    When I prepared a list of places to visit while in Chicago this Cathedral was recommended mainly because of its intriguing ceiling. We took red line subway which stopped near it. All comments about the amazing ceiling were correct, it was breathtaking. During our visit the school connected to the Cathedral prepared the space for pupils graduation. The toilets were in the basement and there was an elevator people like me using walking stick, can use. After we came out we saw row of pupils in the graduation dress going in.
    Written 5 June 2024
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  • Irina
    United States13,389 contributions
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    Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago was originally formed as a merger of two churches in 1871. Since 1914 it's been located on E Chestnut Street, and it faces N Michigan Avenue. The beautiful Gothic architecture of the church is unforgettable. It was designed by architects Shaw and Cram, and it looks magnificent, standing out in the surroundings of modern high-rises and skyscrapers.

    The ornate interior and grand auditorium of the church, colorful glass windows, lovely courtyard with a fountain -- everything is very attractive and memorable.

    Fourth Presbyterian Church has always played a significant role not only as a place of worship, but has been also an active participant in the socio-economic development of the city: it reached out to the poor in the nearby neighborhood, helped to create the Presbyterian Hospital in 1884, and has been organizing and promoting many important educational and cultural programs in the city.

    The church was closed during the pandemic; it was such a pleasure to visit it again in September, and to see one of the Friday Noonday Concerts, organized by the church. It was a concert, with pianist and composer Amy Wurtz performing.

    Beautiful sounds of music in this historic, magnificent church! ...
    Written 1 October 2023
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  • Irina
    United States13,389 contributions
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    Located it the Cathedral District of downtown Chicago (not far from N Michigan Ave), St. James Cathedral is a historic Episcopal Church, that was founded in 1834. It is the oldest church of the Anglican Communion in the Chicago area, and it belongs to the group of 125 churches -- the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago.

    Rebuilt after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the church later received the status of cathedral, formally in 1955.

    Originally designed in Gothic Revival and Victorian architecture styles, St. James Cathedral is strikingly beautiful. The nave and sanctuary are very spacious, the architecture details -- arches, trusses, artwork, decorations of the walls -- are beautiful and exquisite, as well as the finely painted glass windows, that date back to the 19th century.

    During my visit to the cathedral, I had a chance to see Spoken Eucharist (Noonday Eucharist) service, done on weekdays for the neighborhood community. I also talked to a custodian, who couldn't be friendlier, and gave me a printed brochure about St. James Cathedral, which is very informative and descriptive.

    St. James Cathedral is also actively involved in hosting various cultural events -- concerts, special series, art exhibits.

    My visit to St. James Cathedral was very enjoyable -- a visit to historic site, a place of worship, a center of cultural events. Thank You!
    Written 23 June 2024
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  • Karen C
    St. John's, Canada3,061 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I enjoy visiting churches on my trips. This one was just begging to be visited because it is a skyscraper church.
    The church is on the ground floor and is quite modest but the steeple is on top of the skyscraper.
    I missed the tour of the sky chapel - next time!
    Written 17 April 2019
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  • polkadotpilgrim
    Colorado Springs, CO64 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This Basilica is truly beautiful and very peaceful!I really enjoyed my visit here that I did as part of a personal Chicago pilgrimage.I would highly recommend to anyone desiring peace in this crazy world!
    Written 24 February 2018
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  • RobertMB1506
    Chicago, IL124 contributions
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    Compact, modern synagogue located in the center of downtown Chicago. Try to visit in the morning on a sunny day, when the sun shines through the colorful stained glass windows. You might have to phone in advance to be sure the building will be open to public visits.
    Written 3 January 2020
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  • Rugbydox
    Cleveland, OH325 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We try to see different churches when we travel and were lucky enough to visit Moody Church when were passing through Chicago. The building is amazing and historical. Was told to try to be directly in line with the alter so we can sit comfortably for the 90 minutes (great advise). The people were welcoming and very helpful on our visit. The parking directions on the website helped in advance. The stained glass windows were amazing and highlighted by a brilliantly sunny day. The message was on point and kept me engaged. Only downside was the music. It was so loud it was like being in a concert. Made it difficult to engage.
    Written 17 May 2022
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  • Susan K
    Dayton, OH230 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a huge beautiful Catholic Church where we attended a beautiful mass. Many dressed in authentic homeland costumes wonderful celebration in a stunningly ornate church All liturgy and songs in Polish. After mass was a welcoming group cooking authentic polish foods and sharing all with us. Thank you and many blessings 🙏
    Written 18 November 2019
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  • Tony M
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Most impressive local parish church. Surprised to find Catholic Church based on mosque. Byzantine interior is magnificent
    Written 18 June 2022
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  • jjhdk
    North Yorkshire, UK13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I always try to attend the Sunday Service whenever I can for lovely worship and thought provoking sermons... a true haven on earth
    Written 27 February 2020
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  • Jim Ed
    Hart, MI116 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is the model urban church, that understands its mission towards the community it resides and serves.
    A Gospel foundation, without judgmental legalism. Research the history of this Church, and you will get a feel for the its Christlike commitment to a multitude of our material, physical and spiritual needs.
    Written 12 February 2019
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL8,316 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pilgrim Baptist Church, which was built between 1890 and 1891, is notable for its glorious history, its architectural significance, its cultural contributions, for the people who spoke there, for the people who were eulogized there and for the people who sang there. Located at 3301 South Indiana Avenue, at 33rd and Indiana, on Chicago's South Side, in the heart of the Bronzeville neighborhood, it originally was constructed for a synagogue, Kehilath Anshe Ma'arav. A Baptist congregation moved into the building in 1922. Pilgrim Baptist Church is credited as the birthplace of gospel music in the 1930s. Thomas A. Dorsey, the Father of Gospel Music, was the music director at the church for decades. Mahalia Jackson, Aretha Franklin, the Staples Singers and the Edwin Hawkins Singers performed at the church. Bessie Coleman was a member of the congregation. The funeral for world heavyweight champion boxer Jack Johnson was held there in 1946. The champion of the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., delivered sermons at the church. In 2006, the building was gutted by a fire, leaving only the brick and stone of the outer walls still standing and determined to be structurally sound. Reconstruction plans are ongoing. The congregation meets in a building across the street. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 and designated as a Chicago Landmark in 1981.
    Written 17 March 2019
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  • Annaline
    Park Ridge, IL7,185 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful stain glass windows inside. A lot of bold colors and nice ceiling vaults and arches. Very impressive.
    Written 16 October 2017
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  • christopherbO9687MP
    Acton, MA720 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    St. Stanislaus Kostka is a beautiful classical Roman Catholic Church interior with a massive alter. The icons and liturgical decorations are very Eastern European in style; understandable since this church still has Sunday services in Polish. A good place to visit; particularly if your family is holding a wedding service in this Chuch.
    Written 28 September 2022
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  • C-Z-1982
    Reno, NV739 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful, intimate church in downtown Chicago. Attended Holy Mass as guest and very much enjoyed the experience. Parishioners welcoming of guests, peaceful service and great homily (by pastor of the church, father Joe). If you visit Chicago and look for a great church to attend Mass, consider going to Assumption Catholic Church.
    Written 29 December 2019
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