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First Church of Deliverance


4315 S. Wabash Ave.




Sat, Oct 14: 10am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 15: 1:30pm - 5pm

Photography Permitted Washrooms Available Wheelchair Accessible


Walter T. Bailey, 1939



Illinois' first licensed African-American architect designed this rare Streamline Moderne church, undoubtedly one of the most unique in Chicago. The two towers were added in 1946. The congregation was central to the development of gospel music, broadcasting church services for more than 80 years, the longest continuous program of its kind. The church's eclectic decor extends from a suspended multi-colored illuminated cross to a collection of notable murals and carved wooden doors by the acclaimed Chicago artist Fred D. Jones.

Visitor Experience

Visitors may explore the sanctuary, foyer, and exterior areas. The altar and center aisle are restricted areas, however. Church volunteers will provide historical facts and answer any questions.