Post Eagle Newspaper


May 24, 2024

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Church Slated For Closure and Demolition!

Mass Mob At St. Adalbert Church This Sunday!

ILLINOIS – As reported recently in the news, St. Adalbert church in the Pilsen community (3rd oldest Polish parish in Chicago) is in grave danger. Due to parish consolidation plans in Pilsen, as well as structural issues with the church’s twin 185 foot towers that will cost three million dollars to repair, the archdiocese has determined that St. Adalbert Church should close and be demolished. The church itself otherwise is in good condition, and the parish itself is vibrant, providing masses in English, Polish and Spanish. Originally founded in 1874, is the first and oldest originally Polish parish on the south side of the city, giving it special significance to Chicago’s Polonia community. The current church building, designed by Henry Schlacks, a renowned church architect, and dedicated in 1914, has towered over Pilsen as a beacon of hope and peace for one hundred and two years, A committee has been formed that is doing everything possible to save this church. In order to get the word out, a “Mass Mob” event has been scheduled for this coming Sunday, March 6th, at the 10am Mass. This has been successful at other parishes in other cities, and hopefully will be so here. The goal is to pack this church! Come and show your support for this truly magnificent building. The church is located at 1650 W. 17th Street, in Chicago. Parking is available. The church is a block from the CTA’s 18th Street Pink Line station, and is also served by #9 Ashland buses a half block east on Ashland. This church is a tribute to our ancestors who came to this country with little, but struggled to build a church to last as their legacy for generations. Let us honor them. Let us work together to save this church! Free Parking Available.

For more information, call (312) 226-2300.

Location: 1650 West 17th St., Chicago, IL 60608

Greg S.