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First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple

Address

77 W. Washington St.

Neighborhood

Downtown

Hours

Sat, Oct 13: 10am - 4:30pm

Sun, Oct 14: 1pm - 4:30pm

Photography Permitted Long Lines

Architect

Holabird & Roche, 1924

Description

This 568-foot tall skyscraper is the tallest church building in the world. It serves as a Neo-Gothic monument to the Methodists’ commitment to the Loop at a time when pressure was great to move to the suburbs. It is home to the First United Methodist Church of Chicago, the oldest congregation in the city. The tower houses the "Sky Chapel" at its highest level, a sanctuary on the ground floor and office space on the floors in between.

Behind the Scenes

Climb up 172 stairs to the "Sky Chapel" beneath the church's soaring steeple.