Churches of Chicago

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St. Hedwig
Catholic Church

Some joke that the Chicago neighborhood of Bucktown owes its name to the expensive real estate that typifies the neighborhood today. The true origins of this moniker in what was once “Kozie Prery” (the goat prairie) herald back to the Polish immigrants who purportedly kept bucks in their front yards. Saint Hedwig’s was the first Polish Roman Catholic Parish founded in this part of Chicago. Although many locals will colloquially refer to this stately house of the holy as a “Polish Cathedral'', that distinction really belongs to its former junior rival. Like all true cathedrals, All Saints Polish National Catholic Cathedral was the seat of a bishop before it closed its doors and was sold to a Presbyterian congregation. Nonetheless, Saint Hedwig is a grand edifice that is sure to charm those who view this sacred space. Brick and Bedford limestone grace its exterior, the same high-end building material used to construct the structures lining the University of Chicago’s Main Quadrangle. Saint Hedwig was built according to plans drawn up by Adolphus Druiding, the same architect responsible for another congregation founded by Polish immigrants, Saint John Cantius.