Our work has just begun – stay tuned!

DSC_2506Thanks 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.

You’re Invited to the Save the Shrine Reunion!

Please mark your calendars for a Save the Shrine Reunion, Sunday April 22nd, from10:45-11:30 at Robust Coffee Lounge located at 6300 S. Woodlawn in Chicago, IL.

This is such an exciting time for the Shrine with the trusses going on, new organizational infrastructure in 2018, and so much more.  We’re excited to share with everyone where we are in terms of our 501(c)3 status, development and fundraising!! We’re also looking for feedback, input and ideas from our wider community (that’s you!!).

Further, we’re really hoping to use this time to brainstorm on better channels of communication among everyone working on the Shrine, and to follow up on some of the great ideas from our December 2016 meeting.

Please mark your calendars! RSVPs to support@savetheshrine.com would be super helpful too!

The Shrine’s New Roof is Coming!

February 28th marked the two-year anniversary of the Shrine being saved from demolition! Two years and much persistence later, it is looking very likely that the Shrine’s new roof will begin to go on soon!! The installation of the first truss is tentatively scheduled for sometime this week, the week of March 12th. When this happens, we are going to celebrate!! Stay tuned to our website and social media channels for breaking news!

Despite the cold weather, a lot of construction work carried on at the Shrine. The western interior elevation was covered in protective coating to keep temperatures warm enough for work to continue. Steel for the Shrine’s new roof has been fabricated throughout the winter.

Kennedy-King Produces Shrine Video!

Enjoy the second short film on the Shrine’s restoration made by our good neighbors, the students and faculty at Kennedy-King College’s Media and Communications Department! This video premiered at the college’s media showcase on December 6th, when Professor Enid Wells also announced that Kennedy-King will make a series of videos documenting the Shrine’s progress. We are so grateful to Kennedy-King and to Landmarks Illinois for this wonderful partnership!

Save the Shrine’s 501(c)3 Application Submitted!

After a year of hard work developing our organizational infrastructure, on Tuesday, February 20th, we signed all the forms needed for Save the Shrine’s 501(c)3 application!  Once the IRS approves the application, Save the Shrine will be able to receive tax-exempt donations independently of a fiscal sponsor. We will also be eligible to apply for grants that require applicants to be 501(c)3 organizations.

Our application was prepared pro bono by the law firm Jenner & Block. This was made possible by Save the Shrine’s dear friend Joe Gromacki. We are so grateful to Joe, attorney Olga Loy, and Jenner & Block for their generous assistance.

Special Visitors to the Shrine!

In January, we were thrilled to welcome Nina Mesfin, a senior at Yale University, to #SeetheShrine! Nina is writing her senior thesis on “The Preservation of Chicago’s Churches as Sites of Cultural Heritage”!! It was a delight to meet Nina and we were inspired by her insightful questions about the quest to preserve the Shrine. We are thrilled that the Shrine’s story is being told in academic writing and we look forward to reading Nina’s thesis in May. Special thanks to Ward Miller, Executive Director of Preservation Chicago, for coming to speak with Nina about the preservation of the Shrine.

In February, we had the pleasure of welcoming Jim Kemp of US Trust to the Shrine! Jim has been involved with many efforts to preserve historic churches in St. Louis. We are so grateful for his sage advice in growing Save the Shrine and for his willingness to share the Shrine’s story with his network. Jim also took stunning photographs during his visit including the cover photo for our Winter 2018 Newsletter!