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St. Thomas of Canterbury Roman Catholic Church

Address

4827 N. Kenmore Ave.

Neighborhood

Uptown

Hours

Sat, Oct 15: 10am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 16: 2pm - 5pm

Photography Permitted

Architect

Joseph W. McCarthy, 1917

Description

St. Thomas of Canterbury was the first of three parishes organized by Chicago Archbishop George W. Mundelein. The parish was founded in 1916 at the north end of the “Wilson Avenue District” now known as Uptown. Father Francis O’Brien, the first pastor, set about providing a combination church-school building. Joseph W. McCarthy, one of the most prolific designers of buildings for the Roman Catholic Church in the United States, was hired to draw up plans for an American neo-classical structure complete with a colonnade not unlike what one finds at banks and commercial buildings of the day. It was intended as a distinctly American building that symbolizes love of God and love of country. St. Thomas was the only Catholic Church in Chicago built in this style. Numerous shrines inside the otherwise restrained and elegant nave, lit through pastel stained-glass windows, celebrate this cultural diversity.

Visitor Experience

Visitors are invited to explore the church's interior on self-guided tours.