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Muslim Community Center (Rivoli Theater)

Address

4380 N. Elston Ave.

Neighborhood

Jefferson Park / Portage Park

Hours

Sat, Oct 15: 11am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 16: Closed

Photography Permitted Wheelchair Accessible

Architect

Arthur Howell Knox, 1923

Website

mccchicago.org

Description

The Muslim Community Center of Chicago was established in 1969. It's one of the oldest and largest Muslim organizations in the Chicago area and it has a diverse membership, democratic leadership and three locations across the city. The building was formerly the 1,300-seat Rivoli Theater. It screened movies for several decades before it was made into a ballroom and banquet hall. The Muslim Community Center moved into the building in the early 1980s and offers prayer services and many other programs. While much of the exterior has been covered over, the arch surrounding the main entry is original, as are many elegant decorative details in the main auditorium where prayer takes place.

Behind the Scenes

Learn about the work of Chicago’s oldest and largest Muslim community organization—located in the former Rivoli Theater.