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Shrine of Christ the King


6415 S. Woodlawn Ave.




Sat, Oct 13: 9am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 14: 9am - 5pm

Photography Permitted


Henry J. Schlacks, 1927


The former St. Clara (later St. Gelasius in 1990) Church was the final work of ecclesiastical architect Henry J. Schlacks. Built in 1927, the historic building survived a fire in 1976, avoided demolition in 2003, and endured another devastating fire in 2015. Now owned and operated as a sacred Shrine by the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, the building has achieved the first major step in a multi-phase restoration project: the construction of a completely new roof system.

Behind the Scenes

In this hard-hat tour, see the new roof before the ceiling is installed, discover what happens to brick and stone after open exposure to Chicago elements for almost three years, and discuss with volunteers why buildings like this are so important to the fabric of Chicago’s built environment.