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Josephinum Academy of the Sacred Heart

Address

1501 N. Oakley Blvd.

Neighborhood

Wicker Park

Hours

Sat, Oct 16: 10am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 17: Closed

Photography Permitted Refreshments Available Washrooms Available Wheelchair Accessible

Architect

Michael Gaul, c.1960

Website

josephinum.org

Description

This historic all-girls Catholic school, which joined the global Sacred Heart Schools network in 2011, has had a constant presence in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood since 1890. The original wooden school building was replaced for fire safety reasons in the early 1960s by a Modernist structure. Designed by architect Michael Gaul, some of the surprises within include a cafeteria with floor-to-ceiling glass block walls and a library featuring windows shaded by a geometric concrete screen. The gym is also a striking space decorated with glass block. The foundations of the old building still exist under the recent Chicago Cubs-funded athletic field.

Visitor Experience

All four floors of the building, including library, gymnasium, lunch room, black box theatre, chapel, and select classrooms will be open to visitors. A one-page graphic hand-out will be provided to visitors at the point of entry for self-guided tours through the building and volunteers will be available to answer questions.