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Old St. Patrick's Church, Chicago

Categories: Churches, Tourist Spots
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4.4/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web
Located at the northwest corner of Adams and Des Plaines Streets, Old St. Patrick’s Church is the oldest public building in the city of Chicago. Founded in 1846 as the first English-speaking parish in the city, the current church building was dedicated on Christmas Day, 1856. Old St. Patrick’s is one of the few buildings to survive the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
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  • The oldest church in Chicago. The main church building is one of a handful of structures remaining in the city that predate the 1871 Great Chicago Fire, and is the city's oldest standing church buildi...  read more »
  • Entering the Church, there is feeling of warmth & welcome from the luminescence glassy windows. The opalescence glass with 2000 shades of soft , pastel colors intensifies the light. Since its dedicati...  read more »
  • We arrived at Union Station several hours before our train was going to leave. We decided to go and see Old St. Patrick's Church as it is just a few blocks away. If you are in the vicinity of Union St...  read more »
  • A beautiful, historic church that every Chicagoland Catholic must attend mass at at least once. A great place to bring visitors too (well, if they go to church), as its walking distance from the loop, Greek Town, and Millennium Park. Alright, I know I'm going to tick off some of my coreligionists, but it's also a nice regular option for those of us who care more about peace and justice than about incense and bashing Obamacare or whatever they seem to do at 50% of Catholic churches. This place is all about community and caring for each other and this beautiful city and world. A great legacy of Chicago's Irish community. A really beautiful and welcoming place.
  • This is a beautiful church that has a multitude of masses each Sunday, even an 8pm mass. They have room for over flow in either the gym or basement and you can park for free at the surrounding lots. The priests do a good job of talking about current events and relating those to Bible passages.
  • Stunning church with extremely friendly parishioners. I was greeted enthusiastically when they learned I was there for the first time.
  • Church. Old. Cool architecture.
  • Tom Hurley is a great pastor! There's a lot going on here. Their social outreach is amazing. Liturgies and preaching are solid. If you are new, go to the welcome dinner. They have a parishioner who is a personal chef and the food is great. Also, it's a great way to meet other members and the staff in a personal way. The children's program is very family friendly. The youth ministry program is wonderful (big fan of the summer work tours). Lots of opportunities for young adults to "network" (definitely check out the World's Largest Block Party). I also find this Catholic community to be welcoming to gays and lesbians.
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