Chicago, IL: Old St. Pat’s Church

Since its founding by Irish immigrants on Easter morning in 1846, Old St. Patrick’s has been interwoven in the life and history of the City of Chicago. Founded in 1846 as the first English-speaking parish in the city, the current church building was designed in a Romanesque style by two of Chicago’s earliest practicing architects Augustus Bauer and Asher Carter. The cornerstone was laid on May 23, 1853, and the building was dedicated on Christmas Day, 1856.

Old St. Patrick’s is one of the few buildings to survive the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Its survival makes it the oldest public building in the City of Chicago.

Inspired by the Celtic art exhibit at the Columbian Expostition of 1893 and the Book of Kells in Ireland, Thomas A. O’Shaughnessy designed, constructed, and personally installed the 15 beautiful stained-glass windows of Old St. Patrick’s between 1912 and 1922. The 12 side windows were inspired by the Celtic designs of Ireland’s Book of Kells. The final triptych windows, done in an art nouveau style and installed in the eastern facade of the church, are the “Faith, Hope & Charity” windows, also known as the Terrence MacSwiney Memorial Triptych. In 1977, Old St. Patrick’s was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, Old St. Patrick’s is home to a membership of more than 3,000 households and innumerable friends. Trinity dance classes are held in Hughes Hall, just beneath the church. Our grand opening was in 2016, making Old St. Pat’s one of Trinity’s newest locations.

Why Trinity?

Trinity is dedicated to helping students triumph both on and off the dance floor.  Our powerful philosophy is a radical departure from typical programs, making us the most widely recognized Irish dance program in the world.

Check below to see current class offerings at this location.

Registration is open for this Into to Irish Dance that includes 12 classes, a costume, and a performance!

Schedule

Class on Mondays 3:30-4:15pm
April: 17, 24
May: 
1, 8, 15, 22
June:
5, 12, 19, 26
July: 
10, 17

Registration is open for our Taste of Trinity 4-Day Summer Camp that focuses on learning the traditional Irish Jig!

Schedule

Children Ages 3 1/2 – 5
9:45–10:45am
Tuesday, June 27 – Friday, June 30
Monday, July 24 – Thursday, July 27

Children Ages 5 – 10
10:45–11:45am
Tuesday, June 27 – Friday, June 30
Monday, July 24 – Thursday, July 27

Reserve your child’s spot in our yearly program, running September 2017 – July 2018. We’ll personally call you on March 15 to register your child before it becomes open to the public on March 17. Space is limited!