John C. Cochrane, 1883
Chicago’s oldest wood-frame church was built just one year before the city annexed the Ravenswood community. Stick Style architecture was very popular in late-19th-century America, but it is extremely rare in Chicago because the city outlawed such wood-frame construction within city limits after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
All Saints’ Episcopal Church has survived expansions, renovations, fire and near-demolition. The most visible phase of a major restoration was just completed in 2016. The original wood exterior and iconic tower have been uncovered and beautifully rehabilitated after decades hidden under layers of stucco. The church’s interior, configured for intimate worship services in the round, is brightly lit by colorful stained-glass windows. In 2017 the church was awarded a Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award for Restoration.
Walk through the sanctuary and ring the original bell. Tours are self-guided with an option to join an impromptu guided tour.