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Preston Bradley Center

Peoples Church of Chicago

Address

941 W. Lawrence Ave.

Neighborhood

Uptown

Hours

Sat, Oct 13: 9am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 14: 1pm - 5pm

Photography Permitted Wheelchair Accessible Washrooms Available

Architect

J.E.O. Pridmore, 1926

Description

This church, designed by a renowned theater architect, boasts a main auditorium that seats over 1200 on three levels. The sanctuary is noted for its superb acoustics – and for eschewing typical church design elements. A Louis Grell mural 25 feet high graces the auditorium front. The building was renamed in honor of Dr. Preston Bradley, pastor of the church for 66 years and member of the Chicago Public Library board for 50 years. From this building, Bradley was the first Chicago preacher to broadcast services, a ministry which reached a national audience of millions for decades—and inspired Guiding Light, the longest-running soap opera of all time. The small congregation is quite active, and welcomes other nonprofits' use of the building. The building is a designated National and City of Chicago landmark as part of the Uptown Entertainment District.

Behind the Scenes

Experience the beautiful sanctuary with its striking mural, the 4th Floor Uptown Arts Center Gallery, and elegant Mason Hall.