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St. James Episcopal Cathedral


65 E. Huron St.
The main entrance to the cathedral is at the northeast corner of Wabash and Huron Streets.


Near North Side


Sat, Oct 14: 10am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 15: 1pm - 5pm

Photography Permitted Washrooms Available Wheelchair Accessible


Edward Burling, 1871; Reconstruction: Clarke & Faulkner, 1875


Clarke & Faulkner, 1875


St. James is the seat of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago. The parish dates back to the founding of Chicago in the 1830s. The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 destroyed an older church building, leaving only the Civil War Memorial and soot-stained bell tower standing to be incorporated into the present 1875 structure. The bell tower gave warning to people of the encroaching inferno.

The warm and inviting interior features significant stained glass windows. St. James also commissioned works by women artists, uncommon at the time. One example is the baptismal font located at the entrance to the church, carved in Rome from Carrara marble by the American sculptor, Augusta Freeman. The Arts-and-Crafts Gothic Revival hand-stenciled designs of artist E. J. Neville Stent adorn the walls.

Self-guided tour booklets will be available for all guests and docents will be available for questions.

Organ performances and demonstrations will take place throughout the day.

Visitor Experience

A 10-minute self-guided tour booklet will highlight remarkable features of this historic building, and docents will be on hand to answer questions. Cathedral organists and other musicians will perform throughout the day.