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St. Joseph Church (Near North Side)


1107 N. Orleans St.


Near North Side


Sat, Oct 14: 10am - 1pm

Sun, Oct 15: 1pm - 5pm

Photography Permitted Washrooms Available Wheelchair Accessible



St. Joseph Parish is the third oldest parish in the Archdiocese of Chicago, established in 1846 for German immigrants. The first parish church stood at Chicago Avenue and Cass Street (now Rush Street), followed by a basilica style church built in 1862 at the same site— the latter was destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The congregation completed the current church in 1878, with the bell tower, high altar, and reredos added in 1884 and stained-glass windows from Germany installed in 1905. In 1915, the right-of-way for the elevated train lines was purchased from the parish, with tracks running outside just behind the altar. This sale provided funds for a pipe organ and marble and bronze altar rails. In 1956, the Gothic front exterior was radically altered in a modernization effort, popular at that time. The Archdiocese later restored and renovated the property after acquiring the parish in 2001.

Visitor Experience

Visitors will be offered a brief guided tour, but will also be able to use a self-guided pamphlet to explore the space. Enjoy a 2 p.m. Sunday recital on the historic 1892 Hutchings Pipe Organ.