The Church of the Holy Family founded in 1857 by Jesuit missioner, Fr. Arnold Damen, SJ was the first Jesuit Church in Chicago. It is one of the five structures to survive the Chicago fire in 1871 and is the City’s only example of Pre- Civil war Victorian Architecture. It also houses the oldest stained glass windows in Chicago - made in 1860 by W.H. Carse Co. The Church is an embodiment of the cultural and ethnic diversity of Chicago - even though the original congregation was dominated mainly by Irish immigrants, the church welcomed masses of immigrants to the city earning the name Ellis Island of the Midwest.
Address : 1076 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60608
Open Hours : Monday to Friday - 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Saturday - 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Founded in : 1857
Architectural Style : Gothic Revival
Renewal Church of Chicago, located within the Wells High School was a start-up by Derrick and Kaley Puckett in the hope to renew lives and bring together people through the teachings of the gospel. The Church is well known for its celebratory traditions, the city’s remarkable sports events, festivals, and shows. (Wells High School)
Address : 936 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Open Hours : Sunday - 9:00 AM to 10:45 AM, 11:00 AM to 12:45 PM
Parking : Available
Public Transit : Division Blue Line Stations, 7 min walk to the Church.
First United Methodist Church of Chicago is located at the Chicago Temple Building - the tallest church building in the world ( a 173-meter tall skyscraper). It is an inclusive institution that offers diverse worship experiences, strives to nurture individuals, and is committed to the cause of social justice. Their vision statement is to reflect the grace and love of all accepting God and be a pioneering spirit in the search for new ways to “follow wherever Christ leads”. The Church also conducts various sermons, ministries & programs and also hosts wedding ceremonies.
Address : 77 W Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602
Open Hours : Monday to Sunday - 7:00 AM - 3:00 AM
Founded in : 1831
Covenant Presbyterian Church initially started in 1981 as a gathering of like-minded individuals led by two students from the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and in 1982 it formally organized as a Presbyterian Church. The Cathedral was formerly occupied by the All Saints of Polish National Catholic Church, popularly also known as the White Cathedral. The structure is visible from the Kennedy Expressway and is considered a colossal Polish Church.
2012 W Dickens Ave Chicago, IL, US 60647
Worship Services : Sunday - 9:00 AM to 1:00 AM
Parking : Charleston next to the church/ neighborhood streets
Public Transit : Train - Blue line exit at Damen, then take #50 bus route north or walk half a mile.
Bus - #50 Damen route
St John Cantius Church, a historic church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago is renowned for its architectural beauty and unique programs of solemn liturgies, sacred art, and music. At a height of 40 m, the St John Cantius is one of the many churches that dominate over the Kennedy Expressway. It’s Baroque style interior, reminiscent of the art and architecture of 18th century Krakow has remained intact over the century. In recent times, the church has become the focal point for the revival of the Traditional Catholic rituals and devotion that had fallen out of practice after the Second Vatican Council.
Address : 825 North Carpenter Street Chicago, IL 60642
Timing : Mass: Ordinary Form - Monday - 7:00 AM to 7:30 AM
Mass: Extraordinary Form - Monday - 8:00 AM to 8:30 AM
Built-in : 1893 to 1898
Architect : Adolphus Druiding
Architecture Style : High Renaissance and Baroque
Village Church Chicago was started by a diverse group of individuals from the Ukrainian Village and the encircling neighborhood area with the purpose to bring about welfare within the city and the residents. It is a part of the Evangelical Free Church of America and preaches the belief in One God - the creator of all things, the Holy Spirit, the bible, Jesus Christ and his teachings, the Church and abide by the Christian way of living.
Address : 1858 W Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Open Hours : Sunday - 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Holy Trinity Polish Catholic Church is associated with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago. The structure of the building is grand and opulent - a prime example of the Polish Cathedral style of Churches, reminiscent of the many churches built during the middle ages in Poland. The most distinctive feature of the Holy Trinity would be the catacombs. It was inspired by the underground cemetery meeting places where Christians met while Christianity was forbidden in the Roman Empire. The catacombs are open to the public on Sundays after Masses.
Address : 1118 N Noble St, Chicago, IL 60642
Open Hours : Open 24 hours a day
Architectural style : Polish Cathedral style
Architect : William Krieg
Trinity Church Chicago is a non - denominational church that falls in the larger Confluence Sphere of the Newfrontier Churches. It strives to convey the final authority of the bible, Jesus’s divinity, the trinity, and the Holy Spirit across individuals of different walks of life - culturally, economically; transcending generations and bringing individuals together to create a strong community.
1244 W Thorndale Ave Chicago, IL, US 60660
Open Hours : Sunday - 9:15 AM to 10:45 AM
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Christ Church of Chicago has its beginning as a Japanese - American congregation, but recently it is striving to re-establish itself as an Open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ. It welcomes the participation of individuals from various ethnic identity and backgrounds, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, faith, and abilities. The Church also offers martial arts classes and organizes various cultural events such as the Kodomo no Hi (Festivals for Children), Akimatsuri ( Autumn Food Festival), Mochi Tsuki ( Traditional Japanese New Year’s Celebration).
Address : 6047 N Rockwell St, Chicago, IL 60659
Worship Hours : Sunday - 10:30 AM
Founded in : 1946
The merge of two pre-established congregations, The North Presbyterian Church and the Westminister Presbyterian Church led to the formation of the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago on the 12th of February 1871. The Church organizes various outreach programs to advocate for justice and peace and propagate God’s unconditional love for all. The initially dedicated building of the Church was destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, the current Church building was built in 1912 under the architect Ralph Adams Cram in the Gothic revival style.
Address : 126 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611
Built-in : 1912
Architectural style : Gothic Revival Architecture
Architects : Howard Van Doren Shaw, Ralph Adams Cram.
Parking : Nearby Garages.
The foundation of the First Evangelical Free Church of Chicago goes back to the 1840s Revival Movement in Sweden. The Historic Church was founded in 1880 when a group of Swedish immigrants formed a congregation. It strives to celebrate the lives transformed by Jesus Christ and adheres to the biblical authority with emphasis on the Gospel and the need for compassionate outreach.
Address : 5255 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
Open Hours : Monday to Friday - 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Sunday - 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Founded in : 1880
First Unitarian Church of Chicago is a Unitarian Universalist church founded under the leadership of Minister Charles Follen on the 26th of July, 1836. It is one of the oldest churches in Chicago. The Church embraces a wide variety of personal beliefs and belief systems and welcomes individuals from various religious backgrounds, cultures, races, genders, and sexual orientations.
Address : 5650 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL 60637
Open Hours : Monday to Friday - 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sunday - 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM ( Closed on Saturdays)
Founded in : 1836
Parking : Surrounding streets
Wheelchair : Accessible
City Church Chicago was founded in 2010 by Kent and Alli Munsey and in 2014, the church joined the Hillsong Family. The Church strives to propagate the message of Jesus Christ to the city of Chicago in a new perspective with relevant echoes in their daily life to strengthen the community and bring forth change in the world.
Address : 777 N Green St, Chicago, IL 60642
Open Hours : Sunday - 9:00 AM to 8:30 PM
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Tuesday - 10:00 Am to 8:30 PM
Founded in : 2010
Old St. Patrick’s Church also known as St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church or St. Pat’s is the oldest Roman Catholic Church in Chicago. It survived the Great Chicago Fire and is also often referred to as the “cornerstone of Irish Culture” in Chicago. It was added to the National Register of Historic places in 1977 and in present-day it is well renowned for the annual summer block party that it hosts.
Address : 700 W Adams St, Chicago, IL 60661
Open Hours : Monday to Friday - 7:00 AM to 12:30 AM
Sunday - 7:00 AM, 8:00 AM, 9:30 AM, 11:15 AM, 5:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Founded on : 12 April 1846
Architectural style : Romanesque Architecture
Architect : Carter & Bauer
Grace Episcopal Church established in 1851 by parishioners of the Trinity Church is the 3rd oldest Church in Chicago. Popularly also known as the Grace Place, the 3- story redbrick structure of the late 19th Century is a historic landmark of Chicago City. In the mid-80s, the Church shared its facility with the Christ the King Lutheran Church, and consequently in the later years with many other faith communities.
Address : 637 S Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60605
Open Hours : Sunday - 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Founded in : 1851
Architect : Laurence Booth/ Paul Hansen and Associates.
The First Baptist Church of Chicago was founded on the 19th of October 1833, as its name state is the oldest Baptist Church in Chicago. It is regarded as the outset of various ministries throughout the city as many were set up by the former members of the FBCC ( such as the Tabernacle Baptist Church, YMCA, and so on). The Church strives for the advancement of the kingdom of Christ through public worship, teachings of the gospel, personal evangelism, spiritual growth of individuals, and a consistent Christian lifestyle.
Address : 935 East 50th Street Chicago, IL 60615
Open Hours : Thursday to Friday - 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Sunday - 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Prayer Meeting : Wednesday - 6:30 PM
Night Bible Study : 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Sunday School : 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Founded on : 19 October 1833
Peoples Church of Chicago located in the historic Preston Bradley Center in uptown is a community of Christian Unitarian Universalist. The Church honors and welcomes individuals from different walks of life without any discrimination of sexuality, sexual orientation, race, and economic standing. It is deeply rooted within the community and embraces diversity and freedom of thought. It strives to establish itself as a peaceful place of worship that facilitates the exchange of ideas and appreciates differences.
Address : 941 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
Open Hours : Monday & Wednesday - 9:00 AM to 4:30 AM
Sunday - 9:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Founded in : 1922
Parking : Available
Public transit : CTA Blue line, Redline for the South Loop location.
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