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Minnekirken

Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church

Address

2614 N. Kedzie Blvd.

Neighborhood

Logan Square

Hours

Sat, Oct 16: 10am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 17: 1pm - 5pm

Photography Permitted Refreshments Available Washrooms Available

Architect

Charles F. Sorensen, 1912

Description

Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church—also known as Minnekirken, or "Memorial Church"— is the small red church that everyone in Logan Square recognizes. The Gothic Revival structure opened in 1912, when the neighborhood had a large Scandinavian population, it is similar in structure to Bragernes Kirke in Drammen, Norway. The church continues Norwegian traditions today, with its Christmas celebrations, waffle-making events and performances by Norwegian artists. Some of the worship services also include Norwegian liturgy and hymns. The church's beautiful sanctuary, largely unchanged since 1912, is known for its superb acoustics and congregational singing is often accompanied by a pipe organ. The facade and tower of Minnekirken were restored in 2021.

Visitor Experience

Docents will be available for informational tours about the church's history and architecture and additional information about the recent restoration of the façade and tower will be available. Coffee and Norwegian waffles will be available for purchase.