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Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago

The Metropolis of Chicago is an ecclesiastical territory, a metropolis, large diocese, of the Greek Orthodox Church in the North-Central Midwest, United States, with its see city of Chicago. It is part of the Archdiocese of America and is led by a metropolitan who serves as the priest of the mother church, Annunciation Cathedral in the City of Chicago.

Greek Orthodox Metropolises
Metropolis of Chicago
Metropolitan Nathanael (Symeonides)
Cathedral Annunciation Cathedral, Chicago
Religious Brothers & Sisters n/a
Location Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota Northern Indiana, and Eastern Missouri, United States
Vital Statistics
Total Parishes 61
Total Orthodox Population n/a
Total Population abt 26,000,000

On February 7, 2018, the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate unanimously elected Nathanael Symeonides as the Metropolitan of Chicago, succeeding Metropolitan Iakovos. He was ordained a Bishop on March 17, 2018 in the Holy Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, New York, and enthroned on March 24, 2018 in the Holy Cathedral of the Annunciation, Chicago [1].

The Metropolis of Chicago consists of thirty-four parishes in Illinois, with another twenty-four parishes in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, northern Indiana, and eastern and central Missouri. The general offices of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago are located in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.


The Metropolis of Chicago itself traces its explicit roots to 1923, when Rt. Rev. Philaretos Johannides became the city’s first Greek Orthodox bishop. Nearly twenty years later, Chicago became the ‘2nd Diocesan District’ of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North & South America. That ‘district’ would continue to coordinate the ecclesial growth of this major immigrant, industrial, and rail center on the southwestern shores of Lake Michigan.

A number of distinguished bishops served the diocesan community, including the memorable Meletios, the beloved Ezekiel and the late Timotheos of Rodostolon, to mention only a few. Each brought unique gifts to Chicago’s Greek Orthodox and larger communities. This Episcopal ministry excelled with the singular dedication of Chicago’s Metropolitan Iakovos, who tirelessly ministered in the nation’s “Second City” for thirty eight years. A studied and accomplished liturgist, Athens-born Metropolitan Iakovos made a profound imprint upon the character of the Midwest’s Greek Orthodox communities.

On March 17, 2018, a new chapter in the life and history of the Metropolis of Chicago was inaugurated with the ordination of her next Archpastor, Metropolitan Nathanael of Chicago at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. A dedicated and energetic servant of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, the faithful of the Metropolis are poised to enter into a new period of growth under the guidance of her new Metropolitan.

The majority of Metropolis parishes are concentrated in the Chicago metropolitan area, where immigrants arrived as early as the 19th century. Hence the older parishes are to be found primarily in the older Midwestern industrialized cities, while newer congregations have followed demographic patterns, locating in suburban and even rural/missionary contexts. Within recent decades, Metropolis churches have been built integrating traditional Byzantine forms; earlier structures, in contrast, often were acquired from other faith groups [2].



Aurora – St. Athanasios Church

Champaign – Three Hierarchs Church

Chicago (Hegewisch) – Assumption Church

Chicago – Annunciation Cathedral

Chicago – Assumption Church

Chicago – Holy Trinity Church

Chicago – St. Andrew Church

Chicago – St. Basil Church

Chicago – St. Demetrios Church

Chicago – St. George Church

Chicago – St. Nicholas Albanian Church

DeKalb – St. George Church

Decatur – Annunciation Church

Des Plaines – St. John the Baptist Church

East Moline – Assumption Church

Elgin – St. Sophia Church

Elmhurst – St. Demetrios Church

Glenview – SS. Peter and Paul Church

Joliet – All Saints Church

Justice – Holy Cross Church

Kankakee – Annunciation Church

Libertyville – St. Demetrios Church

Lincolnshire – Ascension of Our Lord Church

Niles – Holy Taxiarchai-St. Haralambos

Oak Lawn – Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church

Homer Glen – Assumption Greek Orthodox Church (Formerly Olympia Fields)

Palatine – St. Nectarios Church

Palos Heights – St. Spyridon Church

Palos Hills – SS. Constantine & Helen Church

Peoria – All Saints Greek Orthodox Church

Rock Island – St. George Church

Rockford – SS. Constantine & Helen Church

Springfield – St. Anthony Church

Swansea – SS. Constantine & Helen Church

Westchester – Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church


Hammond – Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church

Merrillville – Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church

Schereville – Saint George Greek Orthodox Church

South Bend – St. Andrew Church

Valparaiso – St. Iakovos Church


Cedar Rapids – St. John the Baptist Church

Des Moines – St. George Church

Dubuque – St. Elias the Prophet Church

Mason City – Holy Transfiguration Church

Sioux City – Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church

Waterloo – St. Demetrios Church


Duluth – Twelve Holy Apostles Church

Minneapolis – St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church

Rochester – SS. Anargyroi Church

St. Paul – St. George Church


Columbia – St. Luke the Evangelist Church

St. Louis – St. Nicholas Church

Town and Country – Assumption Greek Orthodox Church


Appleton – St. Nicholas Church

Fond du Lac – Holy Trinity Church

Madison – Assumption Church

Milwaukee – Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

Racine – Dormition of the Theotokos Church

Sheboygan – St. Spyridon Church

Wauwatosa – SS. Constantine and Helen Church


Illinois – Holy Transfiguration

Wisconsin – St. John Chrysostomos


  1. ^ "Metropolitan of Chicago". Metropolis of Chicago. Retrieved 2019-07-30.
  2. ^ "About the Metropolis". Metropolis of Chicago. Retrieved 2019-07-30.

Coordinates: 43°N 91°W / 43°N 91°W / 43; -91