Churches of Chicago

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Our Lady of Victory

Poles have been part of this community of faith from the very beginning, alongside Roman Catholic immigrants from Ireland and Germany. This house of worship is unique, in that different parts of this structure were constructed decades apart. The lower church dates to before the Great Depression in 1928. It was designed by the architectural firm started by Erhard Brielmaier, which also drew up plans for the opulent Basilica of Saint Josaphat on Milwaukee’s Polish South Side. In recent years a Ukrainian congregation used the lower church to host the divine liturgy in the Byzantine tradition. The upper church was completed by Meyer & Cook in 1954, and though inspired by the original blueprint for this sacred space, it is undoubtedly very modern in its overall look. The last two pastors of Our Lady of Victory were immigrants from Poland. As the Our Lady of Czestochowa tapestry in the hall of the upper church indicates, Polish traditions have been a vital part of this parish into the present day. Closed by the Archdiocese of Chicago, the future is unknown for this local landmark which occupies coveted real estate in a neighborhood with high demand for housing.