Concerts in Emmanuel's Sanctuary

The present building was built in 1925-26 following a fire on December 1, 1924 that destroyed the 1893 church and parish house.  The architect for the present building was John "Jack" N. Tilton, Jr. who at the time was with the Marshall and Fox Architects, Chicago.  Jack Tilton lived in La Grange and was a member of the parish.  Bertram Goodhue and Associates of in New York City, experts in Gothic architecture, were consulting architects.  The first service in the new sanctuary was Easter Day, 1926.

The church building  is "cathedral"  style  12th Century English Gothic.   The windows are in keeping with this style of architecture.  Just as in medieval cathedrals,  the windows and art work are  based on scripture and history to tell the story of Christ and the church.  Only one window dates from 1926:  the east window above the altar.  Designed by Harry Wright Goodhue, it depicts the Life of Christ.  The remaining windows were done in the 1950s and 60s.  These windows were designed by Connick and Associates, Boston, and Henry Willett Glass Studio, Philadelphia.  The plan for the windows was developed by Jack Tilton, Architect, Harley W. Mitchell, Buildings and Grounds chairman, and Rectors Rev Everett Carr and Rev Gordon Galaty.  There are three windows dedicated to music.  These windows are in the choir section of the church and dipict individuals important in developing church music.

Emmanuel is proud to be a musical home to  the William Ferris Chorale, Tower Chorale, New Comma Baroque, and the Lyons Township High School Madrigal Singers.  The Christ Church Cathedral/Oxford boys choir after a very popular 2016 concert, will be here again in April, 2018.These and all musical ensembles who perform at Emmanuel all enjoy its grand space, lovely acoustics and Casavant pipe organ. We also host the Hinsdale Chorale, the Drake University Choir, and many more. 


2019 Concert Events


Mar 21st, Thursday at Doors open at 7pm, Rock in the Sanctuary

El Rando will perform at 8pm

Shaken not Stirred will alos sing while you dance







April 7th, Sunday at 3pm, Fox Valley Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet


The quintet’s membership consists of the Philharmonic Orchestra’s principal (first chair) flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, and bassoon instrumentalists. Its repertoire is quite broad and varied, including not only traditional literature specially written for its instrumentation, but also includes arrangements of orchestral, wind band, keyboard, operatic compositions, as well as music originally composed for other standard string or brass chamber ensembles.


However, the group’s philosophical approach, and hence its mission, is to focus on providing “audience-friendly” music appropriate to the venue event with a repertoire consisting primarily of creative transcriptions of well-known favorite classics by Bach, Mozart. Beethoven, Rossini, Wagner, as well as some equally “easy-on-the-ear” arrangements of less familiar works by Reicha, Holtst, or Shostakovich.


Apr 25th, Thurs at 7.30pm, The Ron Perillo Trio, Jazz Quartet in the Sanctuary