Chicago’s Shifting Synagogue Landscape

Gallery of Chicago Synagogues

Photographic evidence of Chicago's earliest synagogues is uneven. In some cases, photographs exist but ownership of the original images is unclear. Additional images, many of which are under copyright and cannot be reproduced here, are available in Robert A. Packer Chicago's Forgotten Synagogues (Charleston, SC: Arcadia Pulishing, 2007).

The date ranges below refer to when particular synagogue communities occupied the buildings. In some cases, synagogues sold buildings to other Jewish groups, meaning that one building housed different synagogues at different points in time.