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!

New Time

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

Second Semester Registration for Shkolla Shqipe and Grupi Arberia

Second semester registration for both Shkolla Shqipe and Grupi Arberia begins on Sunday, January 10, 2016.  These ministries are open to children ages 4 to 17.  Shkolla Shqipe classes begin on Sunday, January 24, promptly at 12:30 PM.  Starting on Sunday, January 31, Grupi Arberia dance classes will be held every other Sunday from 1:30 to 2:30 PM.  The final day for classes for both groups is Sunday, May 29.  For more information and online forms please click here for Shkolla Shqipe and/or click here for Grupi Arberia

Save The Date

Sunday, April 24 - Palm Sunday - Palm Sunday Luncheon - View flyer here in English or Albanian

Friday, April 29 - Holy and Good Friday

Sunday, May 1 - Holy Pascha

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!


Click here to view the Holy Week Schedule of Services

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.