Architect/Firm: Zenon Mazurkevich, 1977
An out-of-this-world church exists close to O'Hare and is "easily one of the most unique churches in Chicago, and not a whole lot of people know about it," says Karp. The rocketship Cumberland Ave church is comprised of 13 towers with gold domes, symbolizing the 12 apostles and Jesus Christ as the largest center dome. It's a blend of modern and traditional Eastern European styles with concrete, steel, and glass as well as ornate, symbolic elements. Its Byzantine icon-adorned interior is flooded with light since the building is 75% glass.
Karp loves it because: "It's strange. It looks like an alien spaceship. It's easily one of the most unique churches in Chicago, and not a whole lot of people know about it because it's just so far outside of downtown."