Chime at Grace Episcopal Church, Oak Park, Illinois

My tour of Grace Episcopal Church in Oak Park, Illinois, started with this interesting tidbit—the inside of the church was used in the filming of Home Alone(!) Dr. Dennis Northway, the Parish Musician and my gracious host, explained that the scenes which featured Macaulay Culkin entering the church and sitting next to the creepy neighbor guy were filmed there. The sanctuary, especially the stained glass windows, are exquisite!

Grace Episcopal Church, Oak Park, IL, window
Grace Episcopal Church, Oak Park, IL, window

But we’re here for the bells, right? The specs: ten bells cast by Meneely of Watervliet in 1922. Range from D to E.

Look at those super shiny brand new bells!

Grace Episcopal Bells, Oak Park, IL, installation
Grace Episcopal Bells, Oak Park, IL, installation

And here’s the playing console itself.

Grace Episcopal Church, Oak Park, IL, chime console
Grace Episcopal Church, Oak Park, IL, chime console
Grace Episcopal Church, Oak Park, IL, music stand
Grace Episcopal Church, Oak Park, IL, music stand

Notice the latch so that you can hold down either the C or C-sharp so you won’t play the wrong accidental? Love it.

Grace Episcopal Church, Oak Park, IL, console latch
Grace Episcopal Church, Oak Park, IL, console latch

I was too chicken to climb the very wobbly stairs to see the bells themselves.

Grace Episcopal Church, Oak Park, IL, stairs to bell chamber
Grace Episcopal Church, Oak Park, IL, stairs to bell chamber

Writing on the door to the console room showing the names of the chimers who rang the bells for the nation’s sesquicentennial in 1976. (We need to do this for every Independence Day!)

Grace Episcopal Church, Oak Park, IL, sesquicentennial commemoration
Grace Episcopal Church, Oak Park, IL, sesquicentennial commemoration

And a video of me playing a little tune.

Thanks, Grace Episcopal Church and Dennis, for letting me visit your church and chime!

4 Replies to “Chime at Grace Episcopal Church, Oak Park, Illinois”

    1. I’ve actually played the carillon at St. Chrysostom’s a few times already! Most recently in February as a prelude to the Evensong. I’ll be playing again this Easter morning on April 5th. Thank you for your gracious invitation!

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