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Quinn Chapel

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2401 S. Wabash Ave.


South Loop


Quinn Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church (AMEC) is home to the first African-American congregation in Chicago. Formed in 1844 as a seven-person prayer group, the congregation worshipped in several different locations around downtown Chicago as they grew. With many abolitionists among their ranks, the church became a station on the Underground Railroad offering food, supplies, and safe haven for fugitive slaves. The congregants purchased the current Wabash Avenue property in 1890 and hired architect Henry F. Starbuck to design this rusticated limestone and brick building with Romanesque massing and Gothic details. The building houses community and administrative services on the first floor, with a sanctuary at the second story. The original wood doors and windows survive, as have most of the fixed art glass lights at the sanctuary level.

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