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St. James Episcopal Cathedral

Address

65 E. Huron St.
Enter at corner of Wabash and Huron.

Neighborhood

Near North Side

Hours

Sat, Oct 15: 10am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 16: 1pm - 5pm

Photography Permitted Washrooms Available

Architect

Edward Burling, 1871

Reconstruction

Clarke & Faulkner, 1875

Description

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 soot-stained bell tower standing to be incorporated into the present 1875 structure. The warm and inviting interior features significant stained glass windows and elaborate Victorian stencil work.

Visitor Experience

The Cathedral and St. Andrew's Chapel will be open for self-guided exploration, with tour booklets available and docents to answer questions. Live music will be performed by cathedral musicians and members of the Music Institute of Chicago, which uses the cathedral as one of its Chicago locations.