Once a dilapidated district with a low employment rate, the Cathedral District has become an attractive neighborhood filled with upscale shops, authentic restaurants, and stunning gothic architecture. After an invigorating trip down the Chicago River on one of our Chicago Architecture tours, stroll through this exciting and diverse neighborhood and experience a new side of Chicago.
History of the Cathedral District
The Cathedral District is situated within the River North neighborhood and is only a few blocks from great shopping at Water Tower Place on Michigan Avenue. Once a downtrodden location, developers moved in during the late 1990s and erected high-rise condominiums, offering buyers bird’s eye views of the city from top floor balconies. Now one of the most sought-after locations in Chicago for those looking for a unique living experience, the Cathedral District brings the old and new together in a marriage of styles that is uniquely metropolitan.
While visitors may not be able to take in views from atop The Pinnacle building, there are many other attractions that are well worth an afternoon exploring the district, including:
- St. James Cathedral – The “mother church” of the Episcopal Church in the United States diocese of Chicago, St. James Cathedral features hand-painted sanctuary windows and a notable bell tower that still displays stones blackened in the Great Chicago fire, which it survived.
- The Holy Name – The Cathedral of the Holy name is the seat of the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago and represents a stunning example of Gothic Revival architecture. Originally dedicated in November of 1875, the cathedral features massive bronze doors that welcome visitors from all nations.
- The Poetry Foundation – The Poetry Foundation is located at 61 Superior St. and is housed within a modern glass and steel building. It is the home of Poetry Magazine, and the Foundation’s library holds more than 30,000 works of poetry. Their stunning events space hosts free public readings by many well-known poets almost every week.
- The Richard H. Driehaus Museum – Located around the corner from St. James, the Driehaus museum is a restored Gilded Age Mansion whose interior displays examples of splendid ornate architecture and décor of the period. The museum welcomes visitors to come and explore their exhibits.
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