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  Inner Courtyard of Fourth Presbyterian Church
by deecat

Favorite thing: The Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago always seems, to me, to be a beacon of light in the busy area called the "Magnificent Mile."
The only surviving structure on Michigan Avenue north of the river (besides the Water Tower ), this church has witnessed many changes over the years.
It's first facility was on the northwest corner of Rush and Superior Streets. It was there for 40 years. They started construction of the present church building in 1912 and was completed and opened for worship in 1914.
Michigan Avenue was then an underdeveloped street called Pine Street. There were no high-rise buildings then. As the neighborhood changed, so did the church. It always seems to serve the needs of the community.
In 1995 the church completed a huge restoration of the sanctuary, giving handicapped accessibility. They also increased dining space and space for a new full-day child care facility. As long as I've known about this church, it has always reached out to the poor, the sick, and the homeless. It still does today. A friend of mine still does tutoring for high-risk children at the church facilities.

Fondest memory: One Christmas our family stayed in downtown Chicago and went to Sunday services at the Fourth Presbyterian church. That memory lingers today. The congregation was so friendly and open. It makes strangers feel welcome.
How lucky Chicago is to have such a service-oriented church right in the middle of the busiest street in Chicago. It is, indeed, a santuary from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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  • Written Jun 20, 2004
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