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. 


His Grace Bishop Theophan of Philomelion

We are honored to announce that on Saturday, October 14, 2023 the Installation Ceremony of His Grace Bishop Theophan of Philomelion will be held at St. Nicholas Albanian Orthodox Church. This ceremony is a liturgical rite by which a ruling bishop is installed in his cathedral.  This is when he officially begins to oversee his diocese.  Archbishop Elidophoros will preside with other members of the clergy in attendance. Having this ceremony take place at St. Nicholas is a great honor for our church.  A luncheon reception will follow in our hall. Click HERE to view flyer for specific details.  

IOCC Annual 5K Walk

It is once again that time of the year where the IOCC annual 5K Walk fundraising event is approaching. This year it will take place on Saturday, September 30th, as usually departing from St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church 
at 5649 N. Sheridan Rd Chicago, where they will also host a fellowship-breakfast at the end of the walk for all the participants. 
St. Nicholas Ladies Auxiliary, members and families have been participating over the years in this event but this. year the team created a link on the IOCC 5K Walk registration website representing them to increase chances of raising more funds for IOCC and at the same time hopefully keep strengthening the name and making the work of out Ladies Auxiliary known more out there.
Please visit this [LINK] to donate or register to walk with us.
Feast of the Assumption

The Feast of the Assumption is celebrated on August 15, preceded by two weeks of Lenten fasting. August 15 is the culmination of Saint Mary's Day celebrations, celebrated by Christian believers as the day Saint Mary was united to her son. This holiday, which is also called "The Assumption", is to commemorate the death, resurrection and glorification of the Mother of Christ. It proclaims that Mary was "taken up" by God, in the heavenly kingdom of Christ, in the fulfillment of her physical and spiritual existence. Saint Nicholas Albanian Church celebrated this special day with a warm and welcoming service organized by Fr. Dean and his wife Georget who surprised parishioners with special preparations made for this very significant and important occasion. Photos Under News

New Kitchen Windows!

A heartfelt shoutout to Christopher Glass and Aluminum and Abe Asllani for our new kitchen window! We are incredibly grateful for our community members who continually support us in every way. The old window was long overdue for a replacement and the new one adds a touch of brightness to our church kitchen.

Thank you, Christopher Glass and Aluminum, and Abe Asllani, for your generosity and dedication to our church. We are blessed to have you with us! 🙏🏻✨
Fr. Dean Photos

We would like to inform you that Fr. Dean Photos will be serving as our priest for the time being.  Fr. Dean will start Orthros at 9:00 AM, followed by Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM on the days he is here.  The updated schedule of services is on our Service Schedule Page (HERE).  The Parish Council is working closely with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese to bring an Albanian priest to St. Nicholas church.


2023 Memberships are Due

Reminder: Church membership dues for the year 2023 are due now. Please show support for our church. Donate button below has a Membership option.

Please note, when using the DONATE buttom below for memberships, you must scroll down and check the "Cover Fees" box so the church receives your entire membership dues.

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Build a Brick foundation


St Nicholas Albanian Orthodox Church invites you to become a permanent part of out parish's legacy by purchasing a commemorative brick.

Please click HERE for more info.


Metropolitan Ilia, of blessed memory

His Excellency Metropolitan Ilia Katre of Philomelion fell asleep in the Lord on Thursday, October 6, 2022. He was a beloved spiritual father, hierarch, and friend. Full article (English and Shqip)

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Metropolitan Ilia’s memory be sent to one of the following parishes:

St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, Las Vegas, NV (Building Fund)
St. Nicholas Albanian Orthodox Church, Chicago, IL
Holy Trinity Albanian Orthodox Church, South Boston, MA
St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Sault St. Marie, MI

May his memory be eternal.

Metropolitan Ilia of Philomelion
Metropolitan Ilia of Philomelion
Metropolitan Ilia of Philomelion
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Church Exterior
Church Exterior
Church Interior
Church Interior
Church Interior