Special Announcement from Kennedy-King College

Our neighbor Kennedy-King College’s film students were back at the Shrine making a follow-up to the video they produced last winter as a part of Landmarks Illinois’ “People Saving Places” video project. On Wednesday, December 6th, Kennedy-King College hosted two screenings of the new video! We will share the inspiring new video with you as soon it is available. In the meantime, we couldn’t wait to share Professor Enid Wells’ surprise announcement after the screenings: Kennedy-King’s film students will make a video on the Shrine’s progress each semester until the first mass in the building!!  We are so grateful to Professor Wells, Dean Darby, their students and everyone at Kennedy-King College for their generous support. We are also grateful to Landmarks Illinois for making this wonderful partnership with a local educational institution possible.

Special thanks to Ward Miller of Preservation Chicago and Bill Kenney of the Northern Illinois Historic League along with a number of Shrine faithful and friends for attending the afternoon screening!

PastForward Conference 2017

From November 14-17, the National Trust for Historic Preservation held its annual PastForward conference in Chicago! We were thrilled to welcome an enthusiastic group of 33 conference attendees to the Shrine as part of a field study. That Friday, Bonnie McDonald and Kaitlyn McAvoy of Landmarks Illinois graciously highlighted the Shrine’s continuing partnership with Kennedy King College as a success story during their presentation on the “People Saving Places” video series. It was a wonderful opportunity for networking and to thank, in person, so many people at the National Trust for Historic Preservation from across the country for their continued support of the Shrine.

Carols & Candles at the Shrine

Join us this holiday season as we celebrate the beauty of the Shrine at our second annual Carols and Candles event on Saturday, December 16th at 4:30pm. The afternoon will be filled with hot chocolate, caroling, and the lighted backdrop of Woodlawn’s iconic stone landmark. There will also be Christmas giveaways. Carols and Candles will be held at the Shrine of Christ the King at 6401 S. Woodlawn Ave, Chicago.


Purchase your ‘Save the Shrine Scarf’ and support our restoration efforts!!!

Save the Shrine Scarfs are luxury scarfs that beautifully captures the essence of the Shrine! The colors and the soft material are lovely and it’s a beautiful scarf to wear! Purchase the scarf as a gift or add it your wardrobe.  Scarfs are $75.00 each with tax and shipping included.  All funds will go towards our restoration efforts. For more information, contact Jennifer at jennifer@savetheshrine.org.

They Came! They Saw! They Biked!!!

On August 5th, the Chicago Cycling Club stopped by the Shrine on a tour of great South Side architecture! The group enjoyed the Shrine so much that the Cycling Club, in partnership with our friends at the Hyde Park Historical Society, arranged a more in-depth tour with a look at the interior. On September 9th, a sold-out tour of 25 came to #SeeTheShrine and learn more about the restoration work underway! The Chicago Cycling Club is a “friendly, diverse group including a wide range of ages, ethnicities and professions who find common ground in a love of biking”: check their website for more opportunities to ride to the Shrine!

Save the Shrine Hires an Education and Development Assistant!!!

After an extensive search, Save the Shrine has hired an Education and Development Assistant! Jennifer Blackman joins the Shrine team with a background in nonprofit management. She has held the role of Executive Director for organizations including the Illinois Center for Civic Education and the Southeast Chicago Chamber of Commerce, where she helped develop the community’s local economy, increase civic engagement and build community resources. Prior to her roles as executive director, Jennifer worked at numerous non-profit organizations where she has developed valuable skills that will contribute to the growth and strength of Save the Shrine. We are so happy to introduce Jennifer and to welcome her to the Shrine Team!!

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People Saving Places

We were thrilled to be featured in Landmarks Illinois’ video series “People Saving Places”! The Shrine was one of only eight preservation projects selected by Landmarks Illinois out of the over 100 projects they are involved with around the state. In the spring, film students from our neighbor Kennedy King College captured the inspirational story of Save the Shrine. The eight videos “show how people are leveraging historic preservation to boost civic and economic development, attract cultural heritage tourism and increase pride of place”. Click below to watch the video. For more information, visit Landmarks Illinois athttp://www.landmarks.org/events/videoproject/.

People Saving Places

Photo taken at the Kennedy King College screening of the People Saving Places videos (from left): Emily Nielsen of Save the Shrine; Ward Miller of Preservation Chicago; Dr. Enid Wells of Kennedy King College; Gabriel Piemonte of Save the Shrine; and Amy Ege of Landmarks Illinois

Shrine in Preservation Chicago February Newsletter!


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!


The Shrine on the Cover of the Northern Illinois Historic League’s Newsletter!


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 hereNIHL_Newsletter



NEW Save the Shrine Video!

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!