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Loop Synagogue

Address

16 S. Clark St.

Neighborhood

Downtown

Hours

Sat, Oct 15: Closed

Sun, Oct 16: 10:30am - 4pm

Photography Permitted Wheelchair Accessible

Architect

Loebl, Schlossman & Bennett, 1957

Description

The Loop Synagogue was founded in 1929 to serve the religious needs of Orthodox Jews working downtown as well as Jewish visitors to Chicago. The current building was designed by Loebl, Schlossman and Bennett. It was built in 1957 to replace a structure on the same block that had been lost to fire. The entrance is marked by a sculpture by Henri Azaz called "Hands of Peace" that features a blessing in both Hebrew and English. A wall of stained glass by Abraham Rattner breaks the reserved minimalism of the sanctuary—leading one critic to describe the interior as "perhaps the most beautiful synagogue interior in the United States."

Behind the Scenes

Visit the second floor sanctuary. View the eastern wall of stained glass entitled “Let There be Light” designed by Abraham Rattner.