Milestone Met at the Shrine!

CHICAGO, IL – Good News! Today a huge construction milestone was met. The shop drawing review has been completed and the steel can start to be fabricated. It was a long and tedious process, but the old rule of “measure twice and cut once” is spot on. It is very critical to have the shop drawings correct so that the steel is fabricated to the correct size. Rehab projects like the Shrine have complications that new construction projects may not come across. The more time spent prior to fabrication will lend itself to smoother transition to the new steel installation.


First Autumn Update

CHICAGO, IL – The parapet wall over the north vestibule at the Shrine is done! The Concrete Masonry Unit (CMU) bond beam at the top was tied to the existing masonry wall with rebar to the sides and new stainless steel threaded rods were used in the center of the CMU to tie the block to the brick. The South wall will start next week!

Work at the Parapets

CHICAGO, IL – Work continues at the parapets to reinforce the wall in preparation for the steel installation. The parapet walls over the north vestibule had five courses of existing brick removed and rebuilt with brick, block and bond beam to fortify the wall. Masonry ties were used to tie the new brick in with the existing brick.

South Wall Work Continued…

CHICAGO, IL – Last week at the Shrine, work was done on the South Wall at the altar. Below you will see photos of before, during, and after the work at the parapet.

Demolition of the loose brick at the parapet

After Demolition

During the brick rebuild of the parapet

During Brick Rebuild

The final build of the parapet

Final Build


Our Commitment

The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest stands committed to the rebuilding of the Shrine church for our faithful, neighbors, supporters, and the continuation of the Shrine’s presence and mission in Chicago and throughout the United States.

We pray you will be able to help us with this important commitment: or