St. Nicholas Albanian Orthodox Church
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. 


Bishop Ilia Katre
Bishop Ilia Katre
Bishop Ilia Katre
Church Exterior
Church Exterior
Church Exterior
Church Interior
Church Interior
Church Interior


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!

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

We are delighted to announce that Grupi Arberia will be performing at the 5th Annual Chicago International Dance Forum event on Sunday, October 11. We encourage everyone to attend this event in support of our ministry, Grupi Arberia.  Please share this information with your friends and relatives.
Date: Sunday, October 11, 2015
Time: 3:00 PM (To avoid any confusion, this is the time when the performance begins. Grupi Arberia dancers should arrive by 1:00 PM.) 
Place: Northeastern Illinois University Auditorium, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago, IL. 60625
Parking: Building E, Parking Lot F (parking is free) you-tube link for parking and direction from NEIU's website 
Tickets: Adults: $20.00  /  Children, Seniors: $10.00

To order tickets online please click on this link: 

Sunday, December 6, 2015...Annual Shen Kolli Dinner Dance.  We have a new venue - Venuti's Banquet Hall in Addison, Illinois.  And a returning favorite - John Linardakis and His Band!  Cash Prize Raffle and more...For updates, please check back often and watch for your invitation in the mail!

Sunday, December 13, 2015...General Assembly to elect the 2016-17 Parish Council.  Nomination forms will be available online should you decide to run for a seat on the parish council.  More information coming soon! 

The Ladies Auxiliary is sponsoring its Annual Winter Coat Drive again this year to benefit clients of the Irving Park Community Food Pantry.  Our donations last year were part of the coat distribution that helped 330 neighborhood clients keep warm.  Please look in your closets, ask your neighbors, family and friends for their gently used winter coats.  Make sure the coats are clean with no stains, rips or tears.  Coats for men, women and children - all ages and sizes are needed.  Drop the coats off at the St Nicholas church hall by Sunday, October 11.  Please click here to view the flyer for more information.  Thank you in advance for your donations!

Ladies Auxiliary Charitable Giving Project

The Ladies Auxiliary would like to thank everyone who generously gave school supplies and monetary donations in support of the Irving Park Community Food Pantry's School Supply Drive.  The donations were delivered to the Pantry on Wednesday, July 29 to the delighted program coordinators.  Thank you for helping neighborhood children in need start the school year right!  

Reminder: Church membership dues must be paid before March 31, 2015. Current members should have received an annual dues reminder form in the mail. Please fill out the form and return it to church with your check.  For more information click here to view the membership renewal form in English and in Albanian.

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!  To view current Donor List please click here.

UPDATE: As of Sunday, August 16, contributions to this fund total $31,449.00, which is just over 50% of the total funds needed.  Click here to view our progress.  We thank everyone for their continued support.  To view the Building Renovation Fund letter sent out to our parishioners and friends, please click here.

On August 26, the Albanian government ordered the destruction of St. Athanasios Church in Himare (western Albanian) stating it was illegally built on a site that was declared a cultural monument.  Click here to read the article in the Othodox Christian Network.  Click here to read the article in the Greek Reporter.  Click here to read the article in the Balkan Insight.  Click here to find out what the Albanian Government will do with this site.  For additional information regarding this event please click here.

There were two prior acts of vandalism on St. Athanasios Church several days before it was totally destroyed.  Please click here  to read about these events.

A great resource for all Orthodox Christians, the Daily Lives, Miracles, and Wisdom of the Saints & Fasting Calendar is a 365-page Orthodox Christian calendar that features the life of a saint of the day, an edifying quote from the Church Fathers, Scripture readings, fasting guidelines, and a list of the saints of the day. You can preorder the 2016 edition in a spiral bound book format or as Kindle, Nook or iBooks editions.  Please click here for additional information and to place an order. 

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.

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