Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago
The Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago is the second oldest building on Michigan Avenue north of the Chicago River. The only building that is older is the Water Tower, which precedes the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. It was built as a worship place for Chicago's Presbyterian citizens, and it still operates as a fully functioning church, growing even larger in its activities than it was when it was first constructed. "A Light in the City," as the church calls itself, has been serving the community of Chicago since it's founding in 1871, although the building itself was constructed in 1914. This enormous religious structure is now on the National Register of Historic Places.
Backstory and Context
The church is still active in the community of Chicago. They host worship and sermons at the appointed times, as well as more unique religious observances, such as taizé prayer service and a labyrinth for contemplation. They also offer various community services too, including a nursery, a counseling service, a food bank, an urban farm, educational tutoring, a dance academy, and several different arts programs. Visitors can come to the church during its open hours and tour through their own leisure at this historic building that continues to give to the city of Chicago.