St. Michael in Old Town, Chicago, Illinois

St. Michael Catholic Church in Old Town (neighborhood north of downtown Chicago) was established in the 1850s to serve German immigrants. In 1869 the parish had finished a magnificent new church–one of the tallest buildings in the city. The Chicago Fire of 1871 demolished the new house of worship, including its bells (number and maker unknown). The parish quickly rebuilt its church, and in 1876 five new bells rang out…before the tower was finished! The McShane Foundry cast these bells and they were named St. Michael, St. Mary, St. Joseph, St. Alphonsus, and St. Theresa.

It’s said that you know you’re in Old Town when you hear the bells of St. Michael.

Below is St. Joseph. Thanks to the folks at St. Michael for providing this view into their bell chamber!

St. Joseph Bell
St. Joseph Bell

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