Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago Archives

When: Tuesday, August 23, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Capacity: Maximum 20, Minimum 3

Description: The Archdiocese of Chicago Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Archives and Records Center houses over 8,000 cubic feet of archival manuscripts, photographs, and artifacts documenting the life of the Catholic Church in the city of Chicago and its surroundings areas. Collections include bishops' papers; architectural drawings; business, historical, and sacramental records for closed archdiocesan parishes and schools; and Chicago's Catholic newspapers that date back to the mid-nineteenth century. The records center moved to its current home in the West Loop neighborhood in 1996. Visitors will tour this facility that houses both archival records that stretch back to the first days of the Church in Chicago as well as the inactive business records for archdiocesan agencies and departments.  

Contact: Peggy Lavelle,, 312.534.4411

Directions: The Archives & Records Center is located at 711 W. Monroe Street. The nearest "L" stop is on the CTA Blue Line at Clinton Street and Congress Street. For further directions, visit