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Explore a church turned Buddhist temple, a Benedictine monastery that also happens to be a bed & breakfast and several other houses of worship in Bridgeport. This tour has six stops that cover a variety of architectural styles from the late 19th Century and early 20th Century.

6 Hours
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Trace the history of Chicago’s immigrant groups in the Bridgeport neighborhood, once considered so far removed from the city that it was a “suburb” based along 31st Street. As church parishes grew to serve newcomers from Ireland, Germany, Poland, Bohemia and Lithuania, notable Chicago architects were commissioned to design houses of worship in styles that would remind them of home.

The sacred spaces featured on 2018's tour:

  • Saint Barbara Roman Catholic Church. 1910, Worthmann & Steinbach. Rennaisance style.
  • St. Mary of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church. 1892, Joseph Engelbert. Romanesque style.
  • Monastery of the Holy Cross (formerly Immaculate Conception Church). 1909, Hermann Gaul & Albert Fischer. Gothic style.
  • First Lutheran Church of the Trinity. 1913, Worthmann & Steinbach. Gothic style.
  • All Saints - St. Anthony Roman Catholic Church. 1915, Henry Schlacks. Romanesque style.
  • Ling Shen Ching Tze Buddhist Temple (formerly Emmanuel Presbyterian Church). 1894, Burnham & Root. Romanesque style.

Note: Ticket price includes entrance to the Chicago Architecture Center within 7 days of your tour. View the CAC's hours.

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