There are many Byzantine churches in Chicago that are distinguished by their large central domes and their icon screens, but none are as impressive as St. Nicholas, "The Wonderworker." The parish, founded in 1906, quickly outgrew a small wooden church. The current building was modeled after the 11th-century St. Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv, Ukraine. Its Neo-Byzantine, Cossack-Rococo edifice has 13 green cupolas topped with gold crosses rising 167 feet into the sky. They represent Christ and his 12 apostles. St. Nicholas is recognized for its magnificent icons, its mosaics and its stained-glass windows designed by Munich Studio of Chicago. Hanging from the highest dome in the center of the cathedral is a brilliant nine-tiered golden chandelier from Greece lit with 480 lights.
Behind the Scenes
Visit this intimate but impressive cathedral that is full of beautiful artwork and stained glass.