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This Is Theology-on-Tap

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Over this past weekend, Theology-on-Tap officially returned to Chicago. The first sessions were held on Sunday, July 13, 2014, and will continue until early August. Over 32 different locations around the Archdiocese of Chicago are hosting Theology-on-Tap this year, along with additional locations around in the Chicago area in the Diocese of Joliet and the Diocese of Gary, IN.

If you've missed my columns from past years on the subject, or aren't aware of what Theology-on-Tap is, then Theology-on-Tap is definitely for you! I won't rehash old details, but to make a long story short, Theology-on-Tap is a free lecture series for young adult Catholics, both married and single. Catholics in their 20s & 30s learn about and discuss Catholic topics. Alcohol is often served at these events (hence the name of the program) and so Theology-on-Tap is aimed at adults age 21 and up (participants need not be 21 to attend, but due to age restrictions they won't be able to consume alcohol if they are 18-20). The program itself started right here in the Archdiocese of Chicago, at St. James in Arlington Heights back in 1981. It quickly became an enormous success and has now spread throughout the world.

To do my part in helping my readers learn about Theology-on-Tap, what follows is a sample of the many parishes throughout the Chicago area that are having Theology-on-Tap sessions this month. The format and subject matters vary widely from site to site. Most parishes chose to have a free dinner and drinks somewhere on their parish grounds, while others will use more informal “hosting sites” nearby, such as a pub or pizzeria Most TOT lectures are in English, but some parishes in the archdiocese also offer Spanish-only sessions for parishioners who may have difficulty with English. Be sure to check the Young Adult Ministry website of your diocese for information about any of these sites (which I have also provided links to). Have fun and don't forget to mention that gave you the heads up!

This is theology-on-tap 2014:


St. Ailbe

9015 S Harper Ave.

Chicago, IL 60619

St. Mary of Vernon

236 US Hwy 45

Indian Creek, IL 60061

St. Joseph (Koenig Center)

121 E Maple Ave

Libertyville IL 60048

St. Mary (hosting at The Village Bar & Grill)

48 Raupp Blvd

Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

St. Robert Bellarmine

4646 N. Austin

Chicago, IL 60630

Holy Name Cathedral (hosting at Francis Xavier Ward)

751 N. State St.

Chicago, IL 60654

Transfiguration Parish

217 S. Church St.

Wauconda, IL

St. Gregory the Great

5545 N Paulina

Chicago, IL 60640

Sheil Catholic Center

2110 Sheridan Rd

Evanston, IL 60201

St Clement Church | front plaza

642 W Deming Place

Chicago, IL 60614

St. Agnes of Bohemia (hosting at Jacaranda)

2651 S. Central Park Ave.

Chicago, IL. 60623

St. Bernadette Parish

9343 S Francisco Ave

Evergreen Park, IL 60805 ‎

Holy Family Parish

2515 W. Palatine Road

Inverness, IL 60067

Old St. Mary's

1500 S Michigan Ave

Chicago, IL 60603

St. Robert Bellarmine

4646 N. Austin

Chicago, IL 60630

St. Alphonsus

210 East Logan

Lemont, Illinois, 60439

St. Mary Church

10307 Dundee Rd,

Huntley, IL 60142

St. Emily

1400 E Central Rd

Mt. Prospect, IL 60056

St. Paul (Spanish)

206 E 25th St,

Chicago Heights, IL 60411

St. Peter - Loop

110 W Madison St

Chicago, IL 60602

St. Hedwig | Rectory dining room

2226 N Hoyne Ave

Chicago, IL 60647

St. Mary of the Lake Rectory

4200 N Sheridan,

Chicago, IL 60613

St. James (Spanish)

134 North Ave

Highwood, IL 60040

St. Clement

642 W Deming Place, Chicago

Chicago, IL 60614

St. Andrew / RCYA (hosting at Mrs. Murphy's Irish Bistro)

3905 N Lincoln Ave

hicago, IL 60659

St. Vincent DePaul

1010 W Webster

Chicago, IL 60614

Our Lady of Humility (hosting at Fatman's Pizza Pub)

36309 N Skokie Hwy,

Gurnee, IL 60031

Old St. Pat's (hosting at Frances Xavier Warde School Cafeteria)

120 S. DesPlaines

Chicago, IL 60661


Our Lady of Mercy Parish

701 S. Eola Road

Aurora, IL

Brickstone Brewery

557 William R Latham Senior Dr.

Bourbonnais, IL

Another Round Bar and Grill(hosted by Southeast DuPage Young Adults)

5141 Main St

Downers Grove, IL

St. Joan of Arc Parish Center

820 Division St.

Lisle, IL

Gatto's Restaurant

1938 E Lincoln Hwy

New Lenox, IL

Holy Family Parish

600 Brook Forest Ave.

Shorewood, IL

St. Michael's Parish (hosted by Warren's Ale House)

51 Town Square

Wheaton, IL


Our Lady of Grace Parish-The Cafeteria

3025 Highway Avenue

Highland, IN 46322

St. Mary's Church (hosting at: Crown Brewing)

Theology on Tap location:

Crown Brewing

211 S. East St., Crown Point

Queen of All Saints Catholic Church (hosting at Water's Edge Bar & Restaurant)

606 S. Woodland Ave. Michigan City IN

Theology on Tap location:

Water's Edge Bar & Restaurant

12 On the Lake

Michigan City, IN 46360

Finally, for more information about Theology-on-Tap sessions in the Archdiocese of Chicago, please contact the YAM office at:

Phone (312) 534-8600