Chicago Landmarks

Madonna della Strada Chapel

View from southeast, photo by CCL, 2000     Address: 6453 N. Sheridan Road, Loyola University campus
Year Built: 1938 - 1939
Architect: Andrew Nicholas Rebori
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: November 3, 2004

Madonna della Strada Chapel, view from south, photo by CCL, 2000 This chapel for Loyola University's lakefront campus is one of Chicago's most visually distinctive religious buildings. It was designed by architect Andrew Rebori in a version of the Art Deco architectural style that combines streamlined forms with abstracted Classical details and ornament. "Modern Classicism," as the style was often called during the 1930s, was an effort to create a modern architectural style with roots in tradition. Note the building's rose window, with its boldly-molded sculptural blocks depicting symbols of the Four Evangelists, and the incised names of prominent Jesuits in history along the building's roofline.