Historic Churches

All Saints Church and Rectory
4550 N. Hermitage Ave.
Chicago, IL

This church, constructed when the surrounding community of Ravenswood was still an independent suburb, is a rare local example of the Stick Style, a picturesque architectural style used primarily for suburban residences in the Eastern United States in the 1860s. It remained popular in the Midwest through the 1880s. The rectory, which was built in 1905, was designed in a simplified Tudor style; the church entry was added at the same time.

This tour includes houses of worship that reflect innovations in church architecture, along with designs by noted architects such as Louis Sullivan and designer, Louis Comfort Tiffany. The historic districts included in the tour show the houses of worship in the context of the neighborhoods they were centered around.

Baha’i Temple
100 Linden Avenue
Wilmette, IL 60091
(847) 853-2300

Better yet, Sheriden Road and the North Canal (along the Lake), just north of Northwestern University in Evanston.

Eighth Church of Christ, Scientist
4359 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL

This church houses one of the country’s oldest African-American Christian Science congregations. The building’s temple front, broad dome, and interior plan are handsome Classical Revival-style features. Derived from ancient Roman architecture, this style was popularized by the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition.

First Baptist Congregational Church
60 N. Ashland Ave.
Chicago, IL

Social activism has characterized this congregation since its founding in 1851 by abolitionists. The innovative, amphitheater-style auditorium within this Gothic Revival-style building was widely influential in church architecture. The adjacent Carpenter Chapel was designed by Otis Wheelock and built in 1869 for the Chicago Theological Seminary.

First Church of Deliverance
4315 S. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL

Designed by the city’s first African-American architect, this unique Art Moderne-style structure reflects the innovative character of the congregation that built it. Founded by the Rev. Clarence H. Cobbs, the church figured prominently in the history of Christian radio broadcasting and in the development of gospel music. Another architect added the twin towers to the terra cotta facade in 1946.

Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church
2151 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL

This design represents a deliberate break from traditional church architecture. Originally built as the Third Church of Christ, Scientist, the building’s combination of classical and modern elements demonstrates the architect’s search for an appropriate design for the then-new Christian Science religious movement. Hugh M.G. Garden’s distinctive ornament, often referred to as “Gardenesque,” can be found throughout. The building was sold to the Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church in 1947.

Old Saint Patty’s Church
Corner of Grand & Halsted
Chicago, IL 60012

Street and pay lot Old Saint Patty’s Church on the corner of Grand and Halsted. Home of the World’s Largest Block Party.

Pilgrim Baptist Church
3301 S Indiana Ave at E 33rd Street
Chicago, IL

The edifice was built in 1890; pastor Dr. JC Austin, Sr. brought Rev. Dr Thomas A. Dorsey on staff in 1932 and the famed Pilgrim Baptist Gospel Chorus was founded. Dorsey coined the phrase “gospel” and is widely considered the father of gospel music due to his lengthy resume of gospel compositions which are the mainstays of church choirs worldwide. Rev. CL Franklin, father of Aretha Franklin, also taught aspiring gospel singers here. Pastor Dr. Floyd W. Davis, Sunday worship 10:45am.

Quinn Chapel AME Church
2401 S Wabash Ave at E. 24th Street
Chicago, IL

Founded 1847, its the oldest African American congregation in Chicago; Bishop William Paul Quinn played a major role advancing the AME church to western states, creating a church home for ex-slaves and for abolitionists; the church is also notable for founding Provident Hospital and Wabash Avenue YMCA; among its prominent congregation was Adelbury H Roberts, the 1st African American elected to the Illinois state senate; the current church built in 1891 is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. Pastor Thomas M Higginbothan; Sunday worship 8am and 11am.