St. Nicholas Albanian Orthodox Church
Shrine of the Holy Virgin Mary
2701 N. Narragansett Ave., Chicago, IL 60639 * 773-889-4282
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 cdo te Diele 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. 


IOCC Chicago Grand Banquet - May 16

The IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities) banquet is being held on Thursday, May 16, 2024 at Georgio's Banquets in Orlando Park. Tickets are $125 per person. We would like to have one or two tables representing St. Nicholas Albanian Orthodox Church. Let us know no later than April 28 if you will be supporting the IOCC this year by attending their banquet. If you would like to attend, please contact Janet Papajani.

Ladies Auxiliary Meeting - May 19

There will be a Ladies Auxiliary meeting this coming Sunday, May 19, in the Culture Room following Divine Liturgy. All women of the parish are invited to attend. Discussion and decisions regarding our 2024 charitable giving program, other initiatives and Ladies Auxiliary sponsored events will be made. New faces and new ideas are always welcome!

Celebtrating Our Graduates - June 2

We invite the Graduating Class of 2024 to participate in the Graduate Recognition Sunday being held on Sunday, June 2. All children, youth and adults of our parish who are graduating this year and their families are invited. Father Ignatius will give the graduates a special blessing at the end of Divine Liturgy. Refreshments, provided by the Ladies Auxiliary, will follow in the church hall for all our graduates and their families. Please email the graduate's name, school, email, photo, graduation date and brief biography to: Come and let's celebrate your achievements and successes together!

Classes at St. Nicholas Albanian Orthodox Church

Please see our updated school and dance pages. These are for all Albanians, regardless of faith. St. Nicholas Albanian Orthodox Church is happy to host these classes, in celebration of our Albanian roots.

Albanian Language School - Shkolla Shqipe

Albanian Dance School - Grupi Arberia

Donations for Father Ignatius

Help Fr. Ignatius start his new life in Chicago by making a monetary or gift card donation to contribute towards setting up his new apartment. He will not be bringing much with him, so any and all donations will be greatly appreciated. Monetary donations are needed to help fund basic furniture like a kitchen table and chairs, living room sofa, chair, coffee table and end tables, bedroom dresser, nightstand and bed frame. The committee to oversee his arrival will make all the necessary purchases so that Fr. Ignatius gets exactly what he needs. Gift cards from Amazon, Target, Walmart, etc. will also be welcome and used for purchase bedding, towels, and items for the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. Please send your check in the mail with “Fr. Ignatius” on the memo line or you can also drop off your donation at the church office. Should you have any questions, please contact any parish council member. We thank you in advance for your generosity.

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2024 Memberships are Due

Reminder: Church membership dues for the year 2024 are due now. Please show support for our church. Donate button below has a Membership option.

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Build a Brick foundation


Donations for our Commemorative Brick Program are still being taken. The bricks that have been ordered so far were laid in the fenced in side yard last month. Check it out the next time you come to church. Bricks can be made to honor a memory, mark a special occasion or to show support. A 4 inch by 8 inch brick with up to 3 lines of engraving can be ordered for a donation of $250.00. Forms can be found at the candle stand.

Please click HERE for more info.


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