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 transcendent worship, service to others, and engagement with the needs of our neighbors in Chicago and the world. Our mission is to proclaim God’s love through Jesus Christ and to create strong disciples who are energized by our excellence in worship, education, music, fellowship, and service.

Since 1893 our Church community been firmly anchored in the Anglican tradition, with liturgy and spiritual formation as our primary focus. We embrace newcomers and the gifts and insights they bring to keep our community vibrant, growing, and relevant.

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 is licensed by the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois, St. Chrysostom's Day School is a multi-faith, multi-racial preschool that welcomes all children. 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 through 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 program includes many free concerts as a gift to our neighbors. MORE HERE
> Our service programs assist neighbors, refugees, 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

In January 2018, we will enter our 125th year of ministry. We give thanks for all the ways that the St. Chrysostom’s community has brought God’s work of healing, justice, and mercy to our neighbors in Chicago and in the world since 1893. To serve God as we move further into the 21st century‚ we must put our theology into action in new ways. To do so, we must renew our sacred spaces—reconfiguring, refurbishing, and re-equipping them as needed—so that they will serve our mission, rather than limit it.

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

If you have wondered about the beehive motif present throughout the church and parish, it 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.