"ST. MICHAEL'S CATHOLIC CHURCH" Chicago Favorite Tip by LoriPori
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Favorite thing: Located in Old Town Parish ST. MICHAEL'S CATHOLIC CHURCH dates back to the 1800's. On September 23, 1866, workmen broke ground for a magnificent new brick church, to stand on the corner of Eugenie Street and Cleveland Avenue. The exterior walls were made of red sandstone bricks made locally. On September 29, 1869, the new church building was blessed and dedicated.
Two years later, tragedy struck not only the Parish, but the City as well. On October 8, 1871, the O'Leary house and barn on Chicago's south side, burst into flames, which fanned north, aided by strong southerly winds. Priests, nuns and parishioners loaded Parish Treasures onto Oxcarts and fled. Soon, flames tore into all the Parish buildings, leveling all of them - only the walls of the Church remained standing.
Rebuilding began and two years later, on October 12, 1873, the rebuilt St. Michael's was consecrated. St. Michael's was one of the first churches to rise again from the ashes of the Great Chicago Fire.
The Church's Tower is capped by a gilded cross more than 24 feet tall and 9 feet wide. We could not enter the Church as there was a wedding just getting started. We could see the Bride waiting to make here grand entry into the Church.
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