Be part of the big St. Boniface celebration


St. Boniface interior

To celebrate the 17-year battle to save St. Boniface from the wrecking ball, the area at 905 N. Noble St. (at Chestnut) will be rockin' starting at noon Saturday, Oct. 15. Scheduled to go until 4, the 37th street Blues Band will be tuned up for a 5 p.m. performance.

The free event will include tours of the site, live music, food trucks, and a short program at 2 p.m. The overview of the church's history and architecture will be given during 20-minute tours. They will begin on the steps of the church and be limited to 12 people per tour. 

On Sunday, June 5, 1904, St. Boniface was dedicated and went on to serve thousands of parishioners  and children for more than a century. Everyone is invited to usher in what will be the beginning of at least another century of serving many. 


Be part of the party group on Saturday

Attendees will include people who grew up in this church over the years as well as new "friends" who have worked hard to keep the spirits of "we will" "this will get done" moving forward. 

While it is property owner Michael Skoulsky, Stas Development, and his equity partner David Ruttenberg, Marc Realty Capital, who will be pull the brick and mortar together, the creation of more magic for many more people and organizations will be aided by those who have worked so hard and long to make Saturdays celebration possible. 


Seven of the key people are Rory Smith, Kahil El'Zabar (CAM's Exec. Creative Director), Michael Scott Carter, Jon Kulpit, <span>Michael Skoulsky, Bob Zwolinski and Kevin Stawiarsk</span>

The many other key people who made this celebration possible are: Michael Scott Carter, Executive Director; Rory Dean Smith, Chief Operations Officer; Kahil El'Zabar (CAM's Exec. Creative Director of the not-for-profit Chicago Academy of Music (CAM); Eleanor Gorski, Deputy Commissioner of Planning, Design and Historic Preservation, City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development; Lisa Misher, Senior Counsel at City of Chicago; Ward Miller, Preservation Chicago; Bob Zwolinski, East Village Association; Kevin Stawiarski, Jonathan Kulpit, Jim Boccarossa, Mike Dotson and Kathy Thalmann, Neighbors of St. Boniface (NOSB); architect Michael Vasilk; Skoulsky's attorney Andrew Cunniff and 26th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett.  


Ward Miller and Bob Zwolinski

Those hosting the celebration are: The Chicago Academy of Music, East Village Association, Neighbors of St. Boniface, The Eckhart Park Community Council, Preservation Chicago and Landmarks Illinois. Sponsors for this event: Preservation Chicago, Ward Miller, Brad Suster, Cathie Bond and William Flynn; Stas Development, Mike Skoulsky; Chicago Academy of Music, Master Musicians, Michael Scott Carter and Rory Dean Smith; East Village Association, Bob Zwolinski; Lagunitas Brewery; Nagel Realty and Vasilko Architects & Associates, Inc.

*Special note from Bob Zwolinski is that the four years after St. Boniface was dedicated, the Cubs won the World Series. Many Cubs fans will be hoping Wrigley Field will be home of another celebration later on Saturday!




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