St. James Commons - Episcopal Diocese of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

In the heart of Chicago, the renewed diocesan center and plaza provide a welcoming gathering space for the surrounding community and the congregations it serves. The fresh facilities at St. James Commons include a beautiful plaza and garden, a new welcome center, renovated meeting space and a Great Hall on the lower level. The new plaza features granite pavers, ample seating, a fountain, regional plantings and a labyrinth. A high-end, stainless steel commercial kitchen and upgraded HVAC systems support the multiple functions of the building. New elevators and other accessibility improvements help the Diocese and Cathedral welcome people of all abilities.

Embracing the Community

St James Commons welcomes the people of Chicago with a refreshed public plaza featuring granite pavers, ample seating, a fountain, regional plantings, and a labyrinth.

Serving the People

A new commercial kitchen and HVAC upgrades enable the users to focus on their mission of serving people rather than on maintenance of outdated facilities.

Continuity of Service

The project featured a successful installation of a new elevator into an occupied building, ensuring accessibility for all.

Services Used
Owner: The Bishop and Trustees of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Chicago
Architect: Loebl Schlossman and Hackl