St. Nicholas Albanian Orthodox Church
Shrine of the Holy Virgin Mary
2701 N. Narragansett Ave., Chicago, IL 60639
Welcome to Our Parish!

The miraculous Weeping Icon of the Blessed Virgin
The miraculous Weeping Icon of the Blessed Virgin
The miraculous Weeping Icon of the Blessed Virgin

Welcome to St. Nicholas Albanian Orthodox Church in Chicago!
 Please join us on Sundays for Divine Liturgy at 10:00 a.m.  
Miresevini ne kishen Orthodokse te Shen Kollit ne Chicago!  Ju lutemi beni te mundur pjesmarrjen tuaj c'do te Djele ne Liturgjine Hyjnore ne oren 10.00 a.m.

Our parish was founded in 1944 by Albanians from the southeastern part of the country, near the city of Korca. The current church building was built in 1961 and the beautiful interior is filled with wonderful icons, including the miraculous Icon of the Blessed Virgin, whose story is found here.  Read the full history of our parish here. 


His Grace Bishop Ilia
His Grace Bishop Ilia
His Grace Bishop Ilia
Church Exterior
Church Exterior
Church Exterior
Church Interior
Church Interior
Church Interior


Welcome to Our New Parish Priest

As of September 1, the Reverend Presbyter Kostandin Tuda has been assigned by His Grace Bishop Ilia to be the full time priest at St. Nicholas Church.  Fr. Kostandin and Prifteresha Kozeta with their children Beatrice and Francesko are settling into a house in Elmwood Park and are very happy to be part of the St. Nicholas community.   Welcome to our Parish Fr. Kostandin and family!




Will be celebrating Divine Liturgy with us at St. Nicholas Church on Saturday, August 6, 2016 


Meet them for fellowship after services. Learn about their convent, churches, ministries,

workshops and the life of St. Elisabeth.  Please join us for a memorable experience!

For more information on St Elisabeth Convent, please visit their website by clicking here.

New Time

Please Note: Sunday and weekday Liturgies will now begin at 10:00 AM year round.

St. Nicholas Educational Programs

On May 29th, 2016, the children of the Religious Education Program at St. Nicholas Church had a small celebration on the occasion of completing their classes of religious education for year 2015-2016. The staff of the religious school, together with the children and their parents celebrated a blessed year during which the children grew in knowledge and love for God. The presence of Fr. Kostandin, who blessed the children and their families, made the event even more joyful.

Classes for the Religious Education Program at St. Nicholas will resume on September 2016. More details will follow in the upcoming months.

Me 29 maj femijet e programit te edukimit fetar te Kishes se Shen Kollit festuan mbylljen e vitit shkollor 2015-2016. Stafi i shkolles fetare se bashku me femijet dhe prinderit e tyre festuan nje vit te suksesshem per femijet qe paten mundesi te fitojne me shume dije dhe dashuri per Zotin. Pjesemarrja e At Kostandinit, i cili bekoi femijet dhe familjet e tyre, e beri kete eveniment dhe me te kendshem.

Klasat per Programin e Edukimit Fetar te Kishes se Shen Kollit do te rifillojne ne Shtator 2016. Informacion me i detajuar do te vijoje ne muajt e ardhshem.

Albanian School and Arberia group will have their last classes on June 5, and this concludes 2015-2016 school year. 

Shkolla shqipe dhe Grupi Arberia do ta mbyllin vitin shkollor me klasen e tyre te fundit me 5 qershor. 

Save The Date

Monday, December 5 - St. Nicholas Vesper Service

Tuesday, December 6 - St. Nicholas Patron Saint Day Celebration / 30th Anniversary of the Weeping of the

Icon of the Virgin Mary

Sunday, December 11 - Annual Shen Kolli Dinner Dance

Please keep these dates in mind.  Detailed information will be forthcoming as the dates draw nearer.  You attendance and support is greatly appreciated!



Help Kids Less Fortunate         Ndihmoni Fёmijёt nё nevojё


Sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary in Support of the Irving Park Food Pantry

Sponsorizuar nga Ladies Auxiliary nё ndihmё tё Irving Park Food Pantry


Please see the attached flyers (in English and Albanian) for detailed information regarding this philanthropic endeavor.


If you know of any Albanian families with children who cannot afford to buy basic school supplies as listed on the flyer, please let us know their name, age and the school start date.  The Ladies Auxiliary will do their best to have everything assembled and ready for pick up from the church by Sunday, August 7.  We cannot deliver.  The supplies have to be picked up at the church.  The supplies can also be picked up during the hours the church is open for visitation on Wednesday's and Saturday's from 10 to 4.


Nё rast se jeni nё dijeni mbi familje Shqiptare ne veshtiresi financiare, fёmijёt e tё cilave kanё nevojё pёr materiale shkollore bazё, siҫ listohen nё njoftim, ju lutem n’a lini te ditur, emrin, moshёn, dhe datёn e fillimit tё shkollёs.  Ladies Auxiliary do tё bёjnё mё tё mirёn e mundshme pёr tё grumbulluar ҫdo gjё dhe tё jetё gati pёr t’u tёrhequr nё hollin e kishёs te Dielёn, nё datёn 7 Gusht. Ne nuk mund tё postojmё materialet. Ҫdo gjё duhet tё tёrhiqet nё kishё. Materialet gjithashtu mund tё tёrhiqen edhe gjatё ditёve tё javёs kur kisha ёshtё e hapur, tё Mёrkurave dhe tё Shtunave nga ora 10 deri 4.

Church Membership

Reminder: Church membership dues for the year 2016 must be paid before March 31, 2016. Current members will be receiving an annual dues reminder form in the mail. Please fill out the form with any changes and return it to St. Nicholas with your check.  Forms will also be available at the candle stand for your convenience.  For more information click here to view the membership renewal form in English or in Albanian.  (Please check back - 2016 forms will be uploaded soon.)

2015 Building Renovation Fund

A word from Bishop Ilia:  St. John Chrysostom writes in a final prayer of the Divine Liturgy, "Sanctify those who love the beauty of Your House."  This request is made since "...every good gift and perfect gift is from above coming to You, the Father of lights."  Think about it!  We are blessed and made holy when we take care of the Church.  Our love for God is so great that it includes the beautification, preservation and maintenance of the Church building.  The prayer also reminds us that every good gift comes from God.  This includes the money we earn and aquire which we do so because God blesses us in good health, favorable work conditions and freedom to prosper.  Because of all these things let us not hesitate to contribute time and again to the Building Renovation Fund.  The Parish goal is $58,500.00.  Donate today! 

UPDATE: As of September 30, contributions to this fund total $41,000.00, which is slightly over 70% of the total funds needed.  Click here to view our progress and the updated Donor List.  We thank everyone for their continued support.  To view the Building Renovation Fund letter sent out to our parishioners and friends, please click here.

Online Surveys

Please watch this section for our next survey coming soon! Thank you in advance for your participation.  We appreciate your comments and suggestions.     

Any and all online surveys St. Nicholas Church conducts will be provided by QuestionPro.