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When Father David Jones agreed to open the doors of St. Stewart Ave., for the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago weekend last fall, he didn’t really know what to expect.
It was the first year the foundation had featured buildings in Englewood during the two-day free architecture festival.
Volunteers at each building should be able to share something about the building’s history and point out a few items of interest, he said, but need not provide in-depth information.
Anyone interested in visiting any of the buildings on the list should check to find out which hours they are open.
“In many neighborhoods in Chicago, the churches really are the anchor institutions,” said Eric Rogers, interim program manager for Open House Chicago. Andrezjewski also operates Catholic Church Tours, which provides tours and pilgrimages for groups and individuals.
With so many Catholic churches participating, the Archdiocese of Chicago is listed as a community partner for Open House Chicago.
This year, 23 of them are Catholic churches, shrines or chapels.
We have so many cultures in Chicago, and they all end up in Catholic churches in different forms.” While Open House Chicago is an architectural festival, it can provide an opportunity for Catholics to visit churches in other neighborhoods and learn about them.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, St. “Even in cities or countries that are not Catholic or Christian, their place of worship is going to have the highest form of architecture.