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Catholic Charities St. Louise de Marillac Chapel

Address

721 N. LaSalle St.

Neighborhood

Near North Side

Hours

Sat, Oct 19: 10am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 20: 10am - 5pm

Photography Permitted Washrooms Available Wheelchair Accessible

Architect

Holabird & Roche, 1927

Description

In 1917, amid the turbulence of World War I, Catholic Charities of Chicago was founded to help support the poor and needy. It has expanded to become one of the largest social service providers in the Great Lakes region, and the largest Catholic Charities agency in the United States, serving anyone in need, of any faith or no faith, providing a broad array of services including food, housing, childcare, education and employment training, counseling, and community support programs in Cook and Lake Counties. The present Catholic Charities headquarters was designed in the style of the Chicago School with Neoclassical elements. Denoting stability and simplicity, the building features rugged fireproof steel framing and large plate-glass windows. The building was once the St. Vincent's Infant Home and Orphanage. In that same spirit of care and service, it now anchors a network of 150 satellite offices and houses the beautiful and painstakingly renovated St. Louise de Marillac Chapel.

Visitor Experience

Explore the rich history and beauty of the restored chapel, and tour some of the spaces where Catholic Charities staff minister to our neighbors in need.