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St. Peter's in the Loop Roman Catholic Church

Not an active site.

Address

110 W. Madison St.

Neighborhood

Downtown

Architect

Vitzthum & Burns, 1953

Description

St. Peter's was founded in 1846 and moved from an 1865 structure to its current Art Deco home in the 1950s. Uncharacteristically for a church, it immediately abuts the sidewalk and therefore blends in at ground level with surrounding buildings. Up above, the facade is dominated by a large crucifix designed by Latvian sculptor Arvid Strauss and executed by Chicago artist J. Watts called “Christ of the Loop.” It was not originally a traditional neighborhood parish, instead intended to serve thousands of Loop workers and travelers who sought a convenient church away from home. But today it also welcomes a growing population of Loop residents. It's not uncommon for 20,000 faithful to line up at St. Peter's on Ash Wednesday to receive ashes on the way to work.

Archived In

2016 , 2017 , 2018