Rally This Saturday, October 8th, at Noon!

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: A Must-See Site for Open House Chicago 2016!

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!


A wonderful day for everyone!

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!

Shrine in Sacred Architecture Journal!

The Sacred Architecture Journal, which released its Spring/Summer Edition last week, featured the Shrine as its leading News story!! The Journal covers sacred architecture around the world, focusing primarily but not exclusively on Catholic churches.

The Journal’s Editor, Duncan Stroik, also gave the wonderful quote currently in our booklet (see below): “Henry J. Schlacks is one of the preeminent ecclesiastical architects in the city of Chicago… St. Gelasius is certainly one of his finest works and is a sophisticated essay in classical architecture. It is a gem.”

The Coalition is grateful to the Journal for such prominent coverage and for bringing the Shrine’s story to an ever-growing audience of enthusiasts for sacred architecture.

The Sacred Architecture Journal is published twice annually by the Institute for Sacred Architecture at Notre Dame. To learn more, visit:http://www.sacredarchitecture.org/ and find them on facebook at www.facebook.com/SacredArchitecture.

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Roof Structural Replacement Drawings

The Roof Structural Replacement drawings have been received from Wiss, Janney, Elstner (WJE), the structural engineer.  Canon Talarico, Jim Raffin of Raffin Construction, and A. Elizabeth Ortner of Studio 31a reviewed the drawings in the Shrine.  Raffin Construction will use these drawings to get multiple bids from subcontractors to firm up pricing on the cost of this phase of the work.  These drawings will also be used to go in for the Building Permit with the City of Chicago.  Studio 31a is working on setting up a meeting with the City as they have a vested interest in this project.

Periodic updates are posted on shrinelandmark.org/news.


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Preservation Chicago Visited the Shrine!!


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This Saturday, Preservation Chicago’s annual bus tour visited the Shrine! The group enjoyed a beautiful blue sky above the Shrine’s open-air roof and a hard-hat tour of the interior led by Canon Stein.

Ward Miller, the Executive Director of Preservation Chicago, said: “Everyone agreed that the visit to the Shrine was one of the great highlights of our annual “Chicago 7 Most Endangered and Threatened Buildings Tour” for 2016.  The exterior of the church building shimmered on this beautiful day, and the stonework and craftsmanship of the front facade and the tower were remarkable in the blazing sun.”

When the Shrine was threatened with demolition, Preservation Chicago accepted pledges to save it. Now, the tour group appreciated the restoration work enabled by these funds: “We were all very happy to see the progress and the debris cleared away and of course are hoping for a reconstruction of the roof membrane, before the onset of cold weather.”

If you or your group would like to schedule a visit to the Shrine, please contact us at support@savetheshrine.org.