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 at

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:

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!



Carols and Candles at the Shrine!

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:

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: and here:

Many thanks to all our wonderful donors who are making this evening possible! See the complete list here:



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.