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Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist

Address

55 E. Wacker Dr.
Enter on Wacker next to Hoyt's

Neighborhood

Downtown

Hours

Sat, Oct 19: 10am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 20: 12pm - 5pm

Photography Permitted Washrooms Available Wheelchair Accessible

Architect

Harry Weese & Associates, 1968

Description

Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist was founded in 1924, but it wasn't until 1968 that the church built its first permanent home. The seven-story structure, clad inside and out in travertine, maximizes its prominent six-sided site on the Chicago River at the intersection of Wacker and Wabash. The church auditorium is designed after the layout of a Greek amphitheater. It has a centrally-located wooden podium, and is also home to a 3,316-pipe Aeolian-Skinner organ.

Visitor Experience

Enjoy a brief guided tour of the church auditorium lit by natural light from skylights and bands of clerestory windows.