Whoever you are, and wherever you find yourself on the journey of faith, you are welcome as you are at St. Chrysostom's, to hear the call of God in your life and to receive the blessings of God freely given.

Who We Are

ST. CHRYSOSTOM'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH is a welcoming community dedicated to worship, service, and engagement with the needs of our neighbors in Chicago and the world. Our mission is to help people experience the love of Jesus Christ. With God's grace and our best efforts we live out this mission in several ways:

1) By committing ourselves to worship, study, prayer and service in the Anglican tradition
2) By inviting people into this Christian community and connecting them to God, each other, and impactful ministry
3) By offering the very best choral and organ sacred music in worship
4) By striving to bring personal and systemic healing to our neighborhood, Chicago, and the world
5) By caring for the spiritual development of children and young people
6) By using every inch of our building spaces for God's work in the world.

ST. CHRYSOSTOM'S DAY SCHOOL is Chicago's only Episcopal Day School. Established in 1974 with 27 students and three staff members, the Day School now serves more than 150 students, ages 22 months to 5 years, in six programs with a faculty/staff team of 20. A member of the National Association of Episcopal Schools and licensed by the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois, St. Chrysostom's Day School is an inclusive preschool that welcomes all children and families, regardless of faith or race. MORE HERE

More About our Our Church Community

St. Chrysostom's is an active, growing parish centered around community worship, spiritual development, and service to others.

> Sunday and Wednesday morning worship services follow the Book of Common Prayer. MORE HERE
> Sunday School, Sunday Adult Forum, and weekly Bible Study are offered September through June. Additional spiritual formation programs are offered seasonally. MORE HERE
> Sacred music offerings, ancient and contemporary, are integrated into many of our worship services, led by our staff musicians and adult and children's choirs. Our Music at St. Chrysostom's includes many free concerts as a gift to our neighbors. MORE HERE
> Our service programs assist neighbors, refugees, and children in under-resourced communities. MORE HERE

More About Our Day School

LEARN about the Day School's history, values, and governance.

LEARN about the Day School's programs, admission process, and more.

Giving Back and Giving Thanks

We've recently entered our 125th year of ministry, and we're extremely thankful to the St. Chrysostom’s community for bringing God’s work of healing, justice, and mercy to our neighbors in Chicago, and the world, since 1893. To continue serving God while we venture further into the 21st century‚ we must put our theology into action in new ways. We need to renew our sacred spaces—reconfiguring, refurbishing, and re-equipping them as needed—so that they will serve our mission, and allow us to continue God's work .

Our Campaign for St. Chrysostom’s Church and Day School is our opportunity to build on our heritage and revitalize our community’s ministry. MORE HERE

From the Rector's Study

READ the latest message to members, friends and the surrounding community from our rector, The Rev. Wes Smedley.


MEET the staff of St. Chrysostom's Church and Day School.

The Diocese of Chicago

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The Episcopal Church

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Our Saint

The beehive motif present throughout the church and parish, originates in the attributes of our namesake, John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople and 4th century theologian famed for his extraordinary preaching. In fact, St. Chrysostom was such a gifted speaker that he was called “honey-tongued.”  In this tradition the Prayer of St. Chrysostom inspires us:

Almighty God, who hast given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication unto thee, and hast promised through thy well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name thou wilt be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.