Saint Hyacinth Basilica, formally the Basilica of St. Hyacinth, referred to in Polish as 'Bazylika Świętego Jacka' is a historic church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago located at 3636 West Wolfram Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. It is a prime example of the so-called 'Polish Cathedral style' of churches in both its opulence and grand scale. Along with such monumental religious edifices as St. Mary of the Angels, St. Hedwig's or St. Wenceslaus, it is one of the many Polish churches that dominate over the Kennedy Expressway.
Religious - Christianity
Founded in 1894 as a Polish parish. The Resurrectionist Order from the city's first Polish parish, St. Stanislaus Kostka, organizied this parish and still administer it today. The parish has been intimately tied in with Chicago's Polish immigrants, particularly those who have arrived in the Solidarity and Post-Solidarity waves of Polish migration to Chicago that began in the 1980's. On June 26, 2003, Pope John Paul II granted the designation of minor basilica, the third church in Illinois to achieve this status. On November 30, 2003, Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., officially proclaimed St. Hyacinth Church a basilica of the Archdiocese of Chicago.