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St. Anselm Roman Catholic Church

Address

6045 S. Michigan Ave.

Neighborhood

Washington Park / Woodlawn

Hours

Sat, Oct 16: 10am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 17: 10am - 1pm

Photography Permitted Refreshments Available Washrooms Available Wheelchair Accessible

Description

Built of Toronto brick and Bedford limestone, this Romanesque Style church was the first Catholic congregation established along this stretch of South Michigan Avenue. At the time of its construction, the St. Anselm parish catered predominantly to Washington Park’s Irish community, though demographic shifts in the neighborhood led to the church becoming a thriving Black parish by the mid-1930s. The well-cared-for historic building is awash in architectural ornaments, including original chandeliers, Stations of the Cross, alters decorated with inlaid shamrocks, and stained glass created by F.X. Zettler of Munich, Germany.

Visitor Experience

The first floor sanctuary and choir loft are open for both guided and self-guided tours. To encourage social distancing, capacity will be limited to 25-30 guests at a time with masks and hand sanitizer required upon entry.