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Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica & National Shrine

Not an active site.

Address

3111 W. Jackson Blvd.

Neighborhood

Garfield Park / North Lawndale

Architect

Henry Engelbert, John F. Pope & William J. Brinkmann, 1902

Website

ols-chicago.org

Description

As one of Chicago's three basilicas, Our Lady of Sorrows has an important status in the Catholic Church. It may also be the grandest church in the whole city. Our Lady of Sorrows seats 1,200 people beneath a soaring, barrel-vaulted coffered dome that rises 80 feet from the marble floor. The nave is 65 feet wide and features more than 1,100 ornate gold-leaf panels. An English Baroque style steeple turns this Renaissance-Revival church into a local landmark. It once had a twin steeple that, unfortunately, was destroyed by lightning.