A few years ago, as I began to expand my horizons out of my tiny parish and into the wild, wild world of Orthodoxy on the North American continent, I was a bit upset that there was no Western Orthodox church in my city of 2.7 million. The closest Western Orthodox church as far as I can tell is in La Porte, Indiana. Because I live in Washington, D.C. for half the year, I was able to devote my time to Saint Gregory the Great's and visit when I can, I never thought too much about my hometown's lack of an option for Western Orthodox individuals. However, now, I'm starting to ask questions. Has there ever been a Western Rite Orthodox presence in Chicago? If yes, why did it disappear? If no, why not? I'm going to guess that someone out of the 2.7-odd million of us are Western Orthodox (I would be genuinely surprised if no one was), how are the needs of these Orthodox Christians met? Okay sure, they probably attend an Eastern Rite Orthodox parish and hope and wait for a church of their own, but that is not a permanent solution. On the contrary, it is an unideal one. Do any of my brothers and sisters in Christ in Chicago know of any Western Orthodox Christians in our city who want a home? I just cannot believe that there has been no need for a mission for Western Rite Orthodox Christians. Despite being a bastion of Catholicism, there is still a large Anglican and Protestant demographic in Chicago and the same dramatic events unfolding within the Anglican and Protestant communities are unfolding right here as well. I think thus that maybe, just maybe, it's time the City of Broad Shoulders broadened its horizon a bit.