Skip to main content

First Presbyterian Church of Chicago

Address

6400 S. Kimbark Ave.

Neighborhood

Hyde Park

Hours

Sat, Oct 15: 9am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 16: 9am - 5pm

Photography Permitted

Architect

Tallmadge & Watson, 1928

Description

First Presbyterian Church of Chicago was founded in 1833, the same year Chicago was incorporated as a town. The current Gothic-Revival building was commissioned shortly after a merger with Woodlawn Park Presbyterian Church. The 125-foot tower, guarded at the top by the four archangels, imparts an Art Deco sensibility. An elegant cloister encloses a garden and wall with inset stones from the church’s previous buildings and other notable churches and temples. The dark sanctuary has heavy oak beams and a variety of stained-glass windows. The space is dominated by a unique reredos resembling a Gothic church tower. An intimate chapel is paneled in oak with a richly sculpted plaster ceiling and stained-glass windows by Willett Studios. The multicultural congregation has been associated with social justice for many years—from the abolition of slavery to the Civil Rights movement. The Shrine of Christ the King is temporarily celebrating Mass in the building’s “Upper Room” while their fire-damaged church is rebuilt.

Behind the Scenes

See the Cathedral-like sanctuary and intimate chapel of this storied church—one of Chicago’s first organized congregations. Tours also include the "Upper Room," the temporary home of the Shrine of Christ the King during the reconstruction of their fire-damaged church.