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Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist

Address

55 E. Wacker Dr.

Neighborhood

Downtown

Hours

Sat, Oct 15: 9am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 16: 12pm - 5pm

Photography Permitted Wheelchair Accessible

Architect

Harry Weese & Associates, 1968

Description

Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist was founded in 1924, but it wasn't until 1968 that the church built its first permanent home. The seven-story structure maximizes its prominent six-sided site on the Chicago River at the intersection of Wacker and Wabash. The church auditorium is styled after the layout of a Greek amphitheater, with walls clad in travertine and a centrally-located wooden podium. The auditorium is also home to a 3,316-pipe Aeolian-Skinner organ.

Behind the Scenes

Experience the peaceful oasis of the church auditorium lit with natural light from skylights and bands of clerestory windows.