Thanks to the support of so many people, we can rest assured that the Shrine of Christ the King will not be demolished. But there still is a lot of work to be done! The restoration project is underway, and you will see news about its progress here. We will also update you when we are able.
Our focus now will be on raising funds for the restoration and finding ways to connect all of you who have been such an important part of this effort back to the work that is happening now. Please reach out to us with any questions or suggestions. We will continue to be in touch with you – though not with the urgency that the demolition threat demanded.
Thank you so much to Preservation Chicago for featuring the Shrine in their February Newsletter! The story covers Save the Shrine’s new video campaign. To read the whole entry, click here. Thanks also to Eric Allix Rogers of the Chicago Architecture Foundation for the stunning photograph!
To sign up for Preservation Chicago’s monthly Newsletter, click here and stay up to date with Chicago preservation projects, including the Shrine!
Thank you so much to our friends at the Northern Illinois Historic League for featuring the Shrine as the cover story of their Inaugural Newsletter! We are grateful for this great coverage and exposure to the NIHL’s network of historical societies and preservation organizations across northern Illinois!
For the full Newsletter, including a story on our friends at the St. Adalbert Preservation Society click here.
From now on, the NIHL’s Newsletters can be accessed here.
Save the Shrine’s new video is here! Like our anti-demolition video last winter, this was made by Navis Pictures and produced by Regina Magazine. Bringing together 17 Chicago-area businesses, Catholic organizations and Architectural/Preservation foundations in support of the Shrine, this new campaign offers a wide array of thank-you gifts for donations, for giving levels from $30 to $500,000. All much needed and much appreciated! Take a look at the beautifully-designed landing page here: https://reginamag.com/ads/#savetheshrine.
Once the Chicago winter thaws, it will be possible to install the new roof (which is being fabricated now) but we must raise the necessary funds (almost $2 million) to make that happen! Please #ShareTheShrine to help raise the roof!
In response to requests for help from our friends at the St. Adalbert Preservation Society, the Coalition to Save the Shrine recently engaged an investigative reporter to look into the announced sale of the entire campus of St. Adalbert’s in Pilsen, including the church, to the Chicago Academy of Music. To learn more, please visit www.savestadalbertchurch.org.
Join us for Carols and Candles at the Shrine, this Saturday, December 17th from 4-6:30pm! Count down to Christmas with holiday hot chocolate and carol singing before the lighted backdrop of Woodlawn’s iconic stone landmark, plus a Christmas give-away! Please visit the event website here: http://makepeacechicago.org/.
Leading up to the event, Save the Shrine organized a Clothing and Toy drive with drop-off locations around Woodlawn and Hyde Park. Thank you to event sponsor the Hyde Park Herald for spreading the word about the drive! See articles here: http://hpherald.com/2016/11/29/shrine-of-christ-accepting-donations-for-clothing-and-toy-drive/ and here: http://hpherald.com/2016/12/07/shrine-donation-drive-at-u-of-c/.
Many thanks to all our wonderful donors who are making this evening possible! See the complete list here: http://makepeacechicago.org/sponsors/.
On October 7th, 2015, a devastating fire damaged the Shrine and destroyed its newly-installed roof. This Saturday, the 8th, please come to commemorate the Shrine Fire and celebrate all that has been accomplished in just a year!! Rally at noon: let’s show our commitment to #ShelterTheShrine by making an even larger human chain around the Shrine than last year!!
Looking forward to the Shrine’s future, the schedule for the installation of the new roof will be announced.
This Saturday, the Shrine community will also celebrate the return of the statue of the Christ Child as Infant King to Chicago! Although the statue survived the fire, it nevertheless sustained damage from the heat and smoke, and has now been carefully restored.
The Shrine was featured on the Chicagoist’s list of “23 Architectural Sites You Must See During Open House Chicago”!! Open House Chicago (#OHC2016) is an annual free festival of architecture, organized by the Chicago Architecture Foundation: http://openhousechicago.org/. The sites were selected out of over 200 participants and the Shrine was the only church on the list! Plan to visit for hard-hat tours over the weekend of October 15th-16th!
The Shrine Classical Concert Series is back! Please refer to this article for a review of a recent concert:
The flyer above provides all upcoming dates.
Woodlawn neighbors and Shrine supporters mingled at the Woodlawn Community Picnic recently! A Jumpy Castle, face-painting and ice-cream added to the fun! Thanks to co-sponsors First Presbyterian, the Institute of Christ the King, and the Woodlawn and Kimbark Block Clubs for a lovely afternoon! Also thanks to Robust Coffee Lounge for the delicious coffee!