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. 


Welcome Father Ignatius!

Today we welcomed Father Ignatius, our new parish priest at St. Nicholas Albanian Orthodox Church. He served with Father Dean, our interim priest. After a beautiful Divine Liturgy, we held a Meet and Greet. Here are some pictures from today.

Pre-Lenten Luncheon And Fr. Ignatius’ Installation

This year, our traditional Pre-Lenten Luncheon, which usually takes place on Meatfare Sunday, will be held on Sunday, March 3 with Bishop Theophan’s blessings.  Bishop Theophan will be at St. Nicholas on the 3rd to perform Fr. Ignatius’ installation service.  In order to avoid having two lunches on consecutive Sunday’s we are combining both celebrations in one.  Tickets will be sold on Sunday’s in the church hall beginning on Sunday, February 4.  The suggested donation is $30 for adults, $15 for children 6-12, and no charge for children 5 and under. Tickets will NOT be sold at the door. The last day to purchase tickets is Sunday, February 25.  If you cannot make it to church to purchase your tickets in person, please call the church office at 773-889-4282 or send an email and leave your name, number and number of tickets desired.  Someone will contact you to confirm your reservation.  Reserved tickets can be picked up and paid for on the day of the event when you check in after Liturgy in the hall.  Tickets are limited, so get yours soon.  Proceeds will go toward phase two of our hall refresh project.  Phase one, replacing the ceiling light fixtures, was recently completed.

Father Ignatius' Arrival

Father Ignatius is arriving in Chicago on February 1, 2024 and will be celebrating his first Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas Church on Sunday, February 4, 2024. Following Liturgy, we will have a meet and greet for Father in the hall. He is looking forward to getting to know all of us and our families, so please make every effort to come to Church that Sunday. We look forward to seeing you there.

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.

Holiday Messages from St Nicholas Church

To Our Beloved Parishioners,

Wishing you many blessings this Christmas season. On behalf of Fr. Dean and the Parish Council, warm Christmas greetings are sent to you and your loved ones. May God’s love and wisdom guide you throughout the New Year. Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

Të gjithë anëtarëve të kishës së Shën Kollit,

Urimet dhe Bekimet me të mira ne këtë periudhe Krishtlindjesh. Në emër të At Dean dhe Këshillit të Kishës , dëshirojmë tju përcjellim urimet tona të përzemërta për Krishtlindje për ju dhe të dashurit tuaj. Le te jete dashuria e Perëndise udhërrëfyes dhe bekim gjate gjithe vitit te ri. Krishti Lind! Lavdërojeni!

Friends and Supporters of the St. Nicholas Ladies Auxiliary

Dear Friends and Supporters of the St. Nicholas Ladies Auxiliary,

This is the time of joy, of giving, of sharing and of spreading love and warmth. It is the time of being grateful. It is with the deepest gratitude toward all of you that I'm writing this message of thanksgiving on behalf of the St. Nicholas Ladies Auxiliary.

The Shen Kolli Dinner Dance, which we celebrated on December 10th, was a beautiful event to be remembered and a huge success thanks to your generosity. It is a blessing and a privilege to witness year after year your faithful support to our ministry and to our beloved St. Nicholas church. Our greatest joy was to see many of you attending the Dinner Dance together with your families. For those of you who were not able to join us this year, we sincerely desire to welcome you at our next celebration.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

Warmest Wishes On Behalf of St. Nicholas Ladies Auxiliary

Sofia Panajoti


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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.

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