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« on: March 09, 2010, 01:47:17 AM »

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someone mentioned Greek churches in Chicago as being sort of a Greek Club for oldbies and not very welcoming to young people. I just moved next to Greektown so I'm looking for a church, and don't want to run into this syndrome. Anyone have info on this? I guess a good church doesn't have to be in Greektown, but I'm just wondering since it'd be convenient.
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« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2010, 02:19:39 AM »

Wasn't sure where else to post this:

someone mentioned Greek churches in Chicago as being sort of a Greek Club for oldbies and not very welcoming to young people. I just moved next to Greektown so I'm looking for a church, and don't want to run into this syndrome. Anyone have info on this? I guess a good church doesn't have to be in Greektown, but I'm just wondering since it'd be convenient.

There isn't much left of Greektown: the UIC campus took care of that.

The only Church near their is St. Basil's. I haven't been their in years, but yeah, I remember it being pretty Greek/clanish.  Annuciation Cathedral is not extremely far, and accessible by CTA. If you aren't bound to the Greek archdiocese, Christ the Savior (OCA) is close by. Last I was there it was mix of young and middle aged, convert and craddle.  In Ukraininan Village there are a number of parishes, but of various types of Slavs.  And if you don't mind a ride on the blue line, you can join us at All Saints Antiochian, near the Addison stop.

But back to the Greeks: I think the more open parishes tend to be in the suburbs: Holy Apostles in Westchester, St. John in Des Plaines, etc. St. Haralambos in Niles is VERY Greek, has excelent chant etc. The services are all in Greek (at least when I went there) but plenty of people couldn't care less if you are not Greek. The priest is excellent too. SS. Peter and Paul in Glenview was the best Greek Church in the area, IMHO, but I have not been there in quite some time.
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« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2010, 02:55:53 PM »

The only Church near their is St. Basil's. I haven't been their in years, but yeah, I remember it being pretty Greek/clanish.  Annuciation Cathedral is not extremely far, and accessible by CTA. If you aren't bound to the Greek archdiocese, Christ the Savior (OCA) is close by. Last I was there it was mix of young and middle aged, convert and craddle.  In Ukraininan Village there are a number of parishes, but of various types of Slavs.  And if you don't mind a ride on the blue line, you can join us at All Saints Antiochian, near the Addison stop.

Christ the Savior is a very nice church. I have family that goes there.

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But back to the Greeks: I think the more open parishes tend to be in the suburbs: Holy Apostles in Westchester, St. John in Des Plaines, etc. St. Haralambos in Niles is VERY Greek, has excelent chant etc. The services are all in Greek (at least when I went there) but plenty of people couldn't care less if you are not Greek. The priest is excellent too. SS. Peter and Paul in Glenview was the best Greek Church in the area, IMHO, but I have not been there in quite some time.

St. John's in Des Plains is the only Greek church in Chicago that does Vespers and other services I believe (thats what I have been told at least). The Russian church in Des Plains is also very beautiful with a beautiful choir but they do their services all in Slavonic.
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« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2010, 04:17:14 PM »

Sts Peter and Paul in Glenview (outside of Chicago) was probably one of the most welcoming and nice Orthodox churches I have ever been to.  Sunday Liturgy was PACKED.  It felt like a home away from home. 
And I'm about as Greek as the Pope and no one cared.
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« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2010, 04:37:18 PM »

I've heard nothing but good things about St. John's in Des Plaines.
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« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2010, 05:08:55 PM »

I've heard nothing but good things about St. John's in Des Plaines.

Yes, they are expanding and putting up another chapel and extending their Greek school.  Up and down the halls they have collection bins, announcements, message boards for soup kitchens, missions, etc.
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« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2010, 05:09:52 PM »

There isn't much left of Greektown: the UIC campus took care of that.

The only Church near their is St. Basil's. I haven't been their in years, but yeah, I remember it being pretty Greek/clanish. 

Indeed, if there were many churches left on this side of town I might have never made it to All-Saints.  The last time I checked St Basil's website (when I was searching for a church) they were also between priests, that was in December.

If you don't mind me plugging out of ignorance (being new to Orthodoxy I have a limited comfort-zone and haven't made it to any of the other parishes in city, which from my location are ALL 45+ min by CTA) All-Saints is a nice parish and Father Patrick was very understanding with me when I told him about my own fairly recent problems.  It's a bit of a hike, but well worth it.  I'm going to miss it when I move.
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« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2010, 05:14:49 PM »

St. Haralambos in Niles is VERY Greek, has excelent chant etc. The services are all in Greek (at least when I went there) but plenty of people couldn't care less if you are not Greek.

I just noticed that this may be misleading of what I mean: if you are not Greek, they are still welcoming.
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« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2010, 06:49:12 PM »

There's a new Greek Church St.Demetrios ,the Greeks build on O Plain Road between Buckley Rd, 137 and !20 Belvedere....Also Not far From it Across the Street North of it ,there's a Islamic Mosque....
the Original St .Demetrios was on glen flora Ave In waukegan ,they sold it to  the Indian Orthodox OO Branch....
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