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Chicago Loop Synagogue

Address

16. S. Clark St.

Neighborhood

Downtown

Hours

Sat, Oct 19: Closed

Sun, Oct 20: 12pm - 5pm

Long Lines Photography Permitted Washrooms Available Wheelchair Accessible

Architect

Loebl, Schlossman & Bennett, 1957

Website

chiloopsyn.org

Description

The Chicago Loop Synagogue was founded in 1929 to serve the religious needs of 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 it as "perhaps the most beautiful synagogue interior in the United States."

Visitor Experience

Visit the various sanctuary spaces. View the eastern wall of stained glass entitled “Let There be Light” designed by Abraham Rattner. Visitors must show photo ID upon arrival.