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Our Lady of Peace Roman Catholic Church


2010 E. 79th St.


South Shore


Sat, Oct 15: 9am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 16: 1pm - 5pm

Photography Permitted Wheelchair Accessible


Joseph W. McCarthy, 1935


Our Lady of Peace was designed by noted Catholic church architect Joseph W. McCarthy and completed in 1935. The simple exterior draws from early Roman churches. The more complex interior is filled with Italian Renaissance ornamentation, colorful stained-glass windows and a vast, elaborate coffered ceiling. The sanctuary's tall, sleek wooden altar betrays a subtle Art Deco influence. The church was originally built to serve South Shore’s large Irish and German Catholic population. Today, Our Lady of Peace offers Mass in English and Haitian French Creole.

Behind the Scenes

Step inside this exquisite and well-maintained church to experience one of architect Joseph McCarthy’s most notable designs.

The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s partnership with the South Shore community is sponsored by Allstate Insurance Company.

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