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Second Presbyterian Church


1936 S. Michigan Ave.


South Loop / Prairie Avenue


Sat, Oct 13: 9am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 14: 12:30pm - 5pm

Photography Permitted Wheelchair Accessible Washrooms Available


James Renwick, 1874


Howard Van Doren Shaw, 1901


This National Historic Landmark has been the home church to many leading citizens of Chicago, including the Pullmans, Blackstones and Armours. Following a devastating fire in 1900, the congregation hired Howard Van Doren Shaw to rebuild the sanctuary in the Arts and Crafts style. Shaw's renovation incorporates rich wood carving, plaster decoration, light fixtures and pre-Raphaelite murals by Frederic Clay Bartlett. The church also houses an extraordinary collection of stained-glass windows including pieces by Tiffany Studios, Morris & Company, Louis J. Millet, McCully and Miles, and Giannini and Hilgart.

Behind the Scenes

Trained docents will highlight the significant features of the Arts and Crafts style used by Shaw in the rebuilding of the sanctuary. See the newly-restored Peace Window, a Tiffany masterwork.