St. Helen of the Blessed Shroud
18th and Normal, Chicago


I
n the movie, the Blues Brothers turn down and drive through this alley before reaching St. Helen of the Blessed Shroud. If the orphanage building was back here at one time, it is now gone, the space now being used for industrial storage. Even the alley has been blocked off with a chain-link fence, although you can still see the old brick pavers embedded years ago into the ground. Named after a fictitious saint, SHBS never was an actual church in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Built in 1886 and 1902, these buildings are a Chicago and national landmark. They housed the Schoenhofen Brewery that was known for its once-popular Edelweiss Beer.  This was the brewhouse that invented and sold Green River pop to keep busy during prohibition.   

Getting there: Exit the Dan Ryan at 22nd Street, heading west. Turn right on Canal, and left on 18th Street. Note: It's 22 miles from Calumet City.