Loyola University Chicago

Campus Ministry

Division of Mission Integration

Madonna della Strada Chapel


Madonna della Strada Chapel is Loyola University Chicago's main chapel. Unlike diocesan parishes, Madonna della Strada Chapel is operated and maintained by the University, and it functions as an apostolic outreach of the Jesuits on campus, serving a diverse and transient congregation. Like all other Catholic churches, the chapel must adhere to guidelines and policies for Roman Catholic spaces of worship and liturgical celebrations, which are are promulgated by the Archdiocese of Chicago. In addition to liturgy, Madonna della Strada Chapel serves an educational purpose, giving students the opportunity to learn more about the liturgy and train to be liturgical ministers.

On May 13, 2021, Cardinal Blase Cupich appointed Fr. Richard Salmi, S.J., to be University Chaplain of Loyola University Chicago as well as Rector of Madonna della Strada Chapel for the duration of his assignment to Loyola University Chicago. Fr. Salmi’s jurisdiction extends only to members of Loyola University Chicago: officers of the administration, academic faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, resident employees. He will also oversee the marriages celebrated in the chapel. The Most Reverend Mark A. Bartosic, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, installed Fr. Salmi as University Chaplain during Mass at Madonna della Strada at 10:30 a.m. on August 15, 2021, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We offer our congratulations to Fr. Salmi, who will be work with the members of Loyola’s Jesuit community and lay campus ministers as we continue to minister to students, faculty, and staff at the chapel. 

Madonna della Strada Chapel is generally open seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The University reserves the right to secure the building without notice in cases of staff shortages or for security concerns.

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Parking is available in the campus parking structure for $8.00 and is free on Sunday. There is some street parking available on nearby neighborhood streets.

Loyola is conveniently located on numerous bus and rail lines of the Chicago Transit Authority. When planning your route to campus, it is best to use the official Loyola University address: 1032 W Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60660.

Click any link below to learn more about our beautiful Art Deco style chapel.

  • Chapel BellsThe Chapel's Bells were installed in November of 2014.
  • Chapel Mural"Crowning of Mary: Queen of Heaven and Earth, and the Society of Jesus."
  • Chapel Organ. Madonna della Strada is home to to Goulding and Wood Opus 47, the Katheryn "Kay" Stamm Memorial Organ.
  • Chapel Windows. Learn the history of the Chapel Windows..
  • Chapel RenovationMadonna della Strada Chapel opened its doors to the Loyola University Chicago Community in 1939.
  • Restored Image of Madonna della Strada. Learn the story behind the name "Madonna della Strada."