Chicago is an "architectural town" -- known the world over for its beautiful buildings and breathtaking skyline. Many of the most notable are the City's churches and other houses of worship built for communities established both before, and in the aftermath of, the Chicago Fire in 1871.
These buildings not only are aesthetically pleasing, but they also serve as a connection to the diverse immigrant past of Chicago.
Many of Chicago's iconic houses of worship are centerpieces within the ethnic communities they continue to serve. They represent a link between the old and the new traditions, and the continuity which transcends both.
historically significant attractions in the City. DePaul University, the
largest Catholic university in the country, first founded by the Vincentians
in 1898 to serve Roman Catholic children of immigrants, has since
grown into an acclaimed liberal arts college. Loyola University of
Chicago, a Jesuit university founded in 1870, is now the largest
Jesuit university in the U.S. and home to the Saint Joseph College
Seminary and the Jesuit First Studies Program, one of only three
such programs in the country.
This Tour is guided by various Chicago expert historians affiliated with the
Chicago Architectural Foundation, the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust,
the City of Chicago, and the historic houses of worship included on this Tour.
It is also scheduled to coincide with Chicago's Annual Gospel Music Festival
which showcases the best in local, national and international Gospel Music
performers. Held over four days in three locations, The Chicago Gospel Music
Festival includes the weekend at Ellis Park in historic Bronzeville, the birthplace
of Gospel Music.
work of Chicago's most prolific architects and knowledge of Chicago's eclectic
Leaders of the various houses of worship have one-on-one dialogues
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