Located behind the Merchandise Mart, Assumption Church is far from any residential neighborhood. While its location may seem ... More
Located behind the Merchandise Mart, Assumption Church is far from any residential neighborhood. While its location may seem odd, it serves those who work in the surrounding commercial area quite well. Its simple, nondescript exterior is also unusual for a church building of 1880s vintage in Chicago. Assumption was the first church built for and by Italian Catholics in Chicago. The Italian Renaissance style of the interior reflects this heritage.
We had lived across the street from the church for a year or so without ever having stepped inside, but once we did, whew! We were blown away. From the somber, staid exterior, the maize-colored brick darkened from the pollution of the city, you would never have known the beauty and lightness of the stained glass windows. We had chosen this church for our daughter's baptism because of the proximity (being across the street) and the fact that it had its own parking lot (free!). Our daughter's godparents said it was one of the best baptisms they had ever been (and they've been to many!). Most noteworthy was Father John's comment to us, the parents, "One of the best gifts you can give to your child is to be good to one another."
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