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The Moody Church

Address

1630 N. Clark St.

Neighborhood

Gold Coast / Near North Side

Hours

Sat, Oct 15: 9am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 16: 1pm - 5pm

Photography Permitted Wheelchair Accessible

Architect

Fugard & Knapp, 1925

Website

moodychurch.org

Description

The Moody Church is one of the grandest Romanesque-Revival churches in the United States. It was designed by Fugard and Knapp and completed in 1925. It borrows elements from Byzantine architecture. The 3,700-seat sanctuary is the largest column-free auditorium in Chicago. The building features a 68-foot-high false ceiling and nearly perfect acoustics. Its 36 unique stained-glass windows and sprawling dimensions have made it a Chicago icon. A rooftop deck with panoramic views of the Lincoln Park lakefront provides space for large events. The church is named after famed evangelist Dwight L. Moody.

Behind the Scenes

Visit the enormous auditorium complete with stained glass, grand chandeliers and a 4,400-pipe organ. Dramatic scaffolding is in place to permit the first-even replacement of the acoustic ceiling tiles.