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Chicago Loop Synagogue, Chicago

#25 of 34 in Historic Sites in Chicago
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Chicago Loop Synagogue was founded in 1929 to serve the religious needs of those whose professional or business activities brought them to Chicago's downtown business district. Since then, it has grown to become the city's central synagogue. It is, in a very real sense, the symbol of the Jewish religious presence in Chicago. Citywide events of religious and other significance to the Jewish community are conducted in the Synagogue, and civic and religious leaders of other faiths look to the Chicago Loop Synagogue as a source of guidance and information concerning Judaism and Chicago's Jews.

By providing a convenient place for daily worship, the Synagogue makes it possible for people from all parts of the greater Chicagoland area to make congregational prayer a regular part of their business day, as well as to observe Yahrzeit and to recite the Kaddish prayers during periods of mourning. Membership dues include the lighting of Yahrzeit candles and the recitation of Yahrzeit Kaddish prayers in memory of members' loved ones. While the form of worship in the Synagogue is Traditional and separate seating is observed, all Jews are welcome.

The synagogue also serves the many Jewish visitors who come to Chicago from all parts of the world. Over the years, distinguished leaders of Jewish communities in the United States, Europe and Israel, have worshiped at this Synagogue while in Chicago.
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  • Compact, modern synagogue located in the center of downtown Chicago. Try to visit in the morning on a sunny day, when the sun shines through the colorful stained glass windows. You might have to...  more »
  • Enjoyed hearing the presentation about the second "calendar" stained glass window which was also very beautiful.  more »
  • The only synagogue located in the loop. They offer services in the afternoon and early evening for people who work downtown. The building is architecturally distinct. They also offer kosher sandwiches for sale at lunch time.
  • The members at this orthodox synagogue could not be more welcoming. It was a very special Purim for us. The synagogue has two breathtaking stained glass walls. We are from out of town but you did not feel that way at all. Thank you all for your hospitality.

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