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First United Methodist Church of Evanston


1630 Hinman Ave.




Sat, Oct 15: 10am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 16: 1pm - 5pm

Photography Permitted Refreshments Available Washrooms Available Wheelchair Accessible


Tallmadge & Watson, 1911


This congregation was founded in 1854 by the Methodists who also founded Evanston and Northwestern University. Known now as “First Church," this was the first faith community established in Evanston. First Church’s current structure, built in the French Neo-Gothic style and dedicated in 1911, is the third building in the congregation's history. The sanctuary features many stained glass windows and an intricate altarpiece of carved wood. The magnificent east-facing Te Deum window was completely restored in 2016. The chapel features standing vertical stone architecture. Its stained glass windows and carvings depict figures from science and philosophy. In the courtyard is a newly landscaped, cloistered garden with labyrinth.

Visitor Experience

The Main Sanctuary, Memorial Garden and Tittle Chapel will be open for visitors to explore. There will also be an organ demo on Sunday from 1:30-2pm.