Chicago area's Romanian-American Community


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Romanian immigrants started coming in the Chicago area as early as 1870s.

Slowly, they have established communities and built churches, social clubs,

their own businesses and even banks.

New immigration waves continued to bring people of Romanian heritage to the Chicago area.

A significant increase in the Romanian population of this metropolitan area

and its suburbs has taken place in the 1970s and 1980s,

and this was caused by the Communist oppression in Romania.


After the 1989 revolution, the latest trend of immigrants

was mostly made of people seeking a better lifestyle,

benefits and results of hard work in a democratic society.


Currently, despite the very low numbers reflected by the U.S. Census,

estimated counts  of the Romanian heritage population

in the greater Chicago area vary from 125,000 to 150,000.

Most of them have been assimilated in the American society

to the extent that their participation in the life

of the Romanian community is kept to a minimum.

As many as 1.2 million people of Romanian heritage

are estimated to be living in the United States.


As such, the scope of the Romanian American Network Inc.

is to bring together people of Romanian heritage,

regardless of what part of Romania (current or historical) they come from,

is well as to preserve and promote the Romanian traditions and culture.


It is a known fact that Chicago is home to people of Romanian heritage

with roots in Romanian regions knows or identified as:


Romanian churches have managed to preserve

customs and traditions as part of their community life.


The Romanians active in the community have chosen in most part

to belong and participate in Romanian churches,

as spirituality plays an extremely important role in the lives

of those keeping the traditions and culture alive.

Romanian holidays have a great meaning and many customs

and traditions are being kept within Romanian churches.


The following is a most current alphabetical list

of all the Romanian churches in the Chicago area:

Bethany Romanian Pentecostal Church - Niles

El Roi Romanian Baptist Church - Des Plaines

Elim Romanian Pentecostal Church - Chicago

Emmanuel Romanian Baptist Church - Chicago

Emmanuel Romanian Pentecostal Church - Chicago

First Romanian Baptist Church - Chicago

Ghetsemane Romanian Pentecostal Church - Chicago

Golgotha Romanian Pentecostal Church - Oak Lawn

Holy Nativity Romanian Orthodox Church - Chicago

Logos Romanian Baptist Church - Niles

Maranatha Romanian Baptist Church - Chicago

New St. George Romanian Orthodox Church - Lansing

Philadelphia Romanian Church of God - Chicago

Romanian Baptist Church of Chicago Metropolitan Area - Des Plaines

Romanian Christian Assembly - Harwood Heights, IL

Romanian Seventh Day Adventist Church - Addison

Romanian Seventh Day Adventist Church - Chicago

St. Andrew Romanian Orthodox Church - Chicago

St. George Romanian Byzantine Catholic Church - Aurora

St. Mary Romanian Orthodox Church - Chicago

St. Michael Romanian Byzantine Catholic Church - Aurora

Sts. Emperors Constantine & Helen Romanian Orthodox Cathedral - Chicago

Sts. Peter & Paul Romanian Byzantine Catholic Church - Chicago

For addresses and contact information

we recommend that you visit: www.BISERICI.US