A street in Chicago around the world – Chicago Magazine


According to the latest census, Chicago’s most diverse area is located at West Roger Spark, surrounded by Ridge Boulevard, Pratt Boulevard, Western Avenue, and Devon Avenue. Its population is 32% Asian, 24% black, 23% Hispanic and 21% white.

West Rogers Park best demonstrates its diversity in religious institutions, not primarily Indian and Pakistani restaurants. The first parliament of the world’s religions was held in Chicago in 1893 during the Columbia World’s Fair. Most of the major world religions can be found on Devon Avenue, which is less than a mile and a half between Clark Street and Keggie Avenue, and it seems they are still in session here: Christianity (Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox ), Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Judaism.

It is a reproach for the idea that different religions cannot coexist peacefully. On Devon Avenue, they do it every day. After Friday prayers, Muslim residents shop at Kosher Bakery. Chicago Jewish citizens buy wall hangings from shops in India. In Devon it is possible to participate in different religious services each day.

On Monday: “Any religion is welcome” Gourdwarasahib in ChicagoThe Sikh Temple at 2341 W. Devon Ave. is said by the priest Teerath Singh. All visitors should take off their shoes and cover their heads with the hall basket before climbing the stairs to the shrine. There, an altar decorated with flowers and pink cloth, a dome covers the Sikh writing Guru Glance Sahib. Fifty to 70 people will attend Sunday service at 9 a.m. in Gourdwarasahib. On weekdays, 15 to 20 people stop to pray in front of the altar or use the food bank. “It is the most sacred place of all the streets of Chicago,” said faithful Mohindersin.

Tuesday: Aarti of Shri Ganesh Temple, 2540 W. Devon Ave., The only place of worship in Chicago dedicated to the elephant-headed Hindu god. A statue with four hands wearing the crown approaches behind the altar. Indians started flocking to Devon in the 1970s and 1980s and are now the dominant ethnic group on the streets, dressed as Hindu brides and grooms from all over the Midwest, in at least 12 restaurants. Operates a sari shop in Japan. The temple sells shelves of miniature idols (mainly Ganesha) and offers pujas (blessing rituals) for birthdays, baby showers, new car purchases and more. For American Indians, Devon Avenue is “like a home a little further from home, because you can spend the whole day speaking only in Gujarati or Hindi,” said a temple volunteer. Huma Mahtani, the owner across from Resham’s, an Indian jewelry and textiles store, said: Hindus and Jews are drawn to each other’s culture. I think we’re both very humorous. When you look at your types, you recognize them. “

Wednesday: Wednesday is the night of the second Protestant church. Fire Mountain and Miracle Ministries, 2020 W. Devon Ave. is an interfaith church serving the neighboring Nigerian community, hosting the Evening Bible Studies Revival Service from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Thursday: Croatian mass at 7 p.m. Croatian Catholic Mission Blessed Alojzije Stepinac, 6346 N. Ridge Blvd., named after the Archbishop of Zagreb, who was persecuted by the Communists. Founded as the Eglise Saint-Henri, the church was built to serve the Luxembourgish peasants who emigrated to Rogers Park in the 19th century. The names of the cemeteries are all Germanic: Sontag, Ebert, Wietor. The Croats arrived in the 1970s, said the church’s pastor and priest. Drazan Boras replaced the population who assimilated and settled in the suburbs for a long time. 2845 W. Devon Ave. The Croatian Cultural Center, 1.6 km to the west, is the church’s bookend. Next door is the former Angel Guardian orphanage, whose basketball court was landscaped by the Chicago Bulls before building a training facility in Deerfield.

Friday: Juma Khutba – Friday Prayer – at Masjid-E-Ayesha, 2409-B W. Devon Ave., A modest underground mosque at the bottom of a concrete staircase. Every week, hundreds of cabbage, restaurant and gas station workers gather to pray on a worn carpet. Most of the Muslims on Devon Avenue have emigrated to the United States from India or Pakistan. “People are not angry on Thursdays because they like to get together here on Fridays, go shopping and buy candy for their wives,” a worshiper said. “I especially like Jewish bakeries because they are kosher.” Down the street from IQRA Book Center, 2749 W. Devon Ave. sells prayer blankets, Quran, Islamic themed family games and hijab.

Saturday: Sabbath Congregation Bnei Ruven, 6350 N. Whipple St. Jews are still dominant on the west side of California Street (hence the title of Adam Langer’s novel from Rogers Park. Cross california). While many Jewish residents of Rogers Park migrated to the suburbs, the Orthodox community remained in an overcrowded urban neighborhood because their religion prohibited driving on the Sabbath. Every Saturday, the sidewalks of West Roger Spark are occupied by Orthodox families marching towards the surreal. The community of 25,000 has its own school, place of worship, restaurant and bakery. (Tel Aviv Bakery, 2944 W. Devon Ave. This is the place to go for Kosher Koraki and Rugelach.) In the fall, Whipple Street closes for a Sukkah festival with children’s play areas and party groups. rock Jews. Will be done.

From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month, Devon Church, 1630 W. Devon Ave. hosts the Saturday Night Alive and Bible Study. The Devon Church began as a congregation for Japanese-American Christians who settled in Chicago after leaving the camp. Originally called the Church of Jesus Christ of Japan, it now proclaims itself “Multiethnic Christian Church”.

Sunday: Service at the Eritrean Orthodox Church of St. Mary in Chicago Tewado Church, 6350 N. Paulina St. occupies a church built in 1918 to serve the Swedish Methodists. This is another ethnic group who left the neighborhood a long time ago and lost their unique identity. Eritrea, along with neighboring Ethiopia, adopted Christianity in the 4th century. Nearby is the Eritrean restaurant Denden, 6635 N. Clark Street, which serves pasta in addition to traditional East African cuisine, a legacy of Italian colonial times.


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