Fourth Presbyterian Church

Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago

Fourth Presbyterian Church
4.5
7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 6:30 PM

Tours and Tickets

The area
Address
Neighborhood: Near North Side
How to get there
  • Chicago • 5 min walk
  • Grand • 10 min walk
Popular mentions

4.5
229 reviews
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Very good
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Average
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Bee80204
Denver, CO3,712 contributions
Peaceful place
Sep 2021 • Solo
Was on the bus tour when I decided to get off and walk along the Magnificent Mile. I saw the lovely architecture of the church and decided to cross the street to get a closer look. The church has been around since 1914 and has a lot of its original interior and exterior. And the architect of the church was Ralph Adams Cram, America’s leading Gothic revival architect. It is a pairing of English and French Gothic styles. Another architect designed the parish buildings surrounding an inner courtyard in a Tudor style - Howard Van Doren Shaw. There was a concert when I went in and it was lovely to sit in the pews and listen to the talented musicians. The carvings were exquisite as were the stained glass windows. The chandeliers hanging overhead cast a soft warm glow over the seats. They were not necessary at that time of day since the windows let in a good amount of light. It was nice to wander in the inner courtyard. A quiet space in the middle of the bustling city block.
Written September 26, 2021
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Cindy M
Nashville, TN3 contributions
Lovely
Jul 2021 • Solo
What a treasure nestled between the skyscrapers. I love the juxtaposition of old and new. Steps away from @360chicago it’s a favorite area to spend an afternoon
Written July 20, 2021
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Jean S
Chicago, IL12 contributions
Stop in during Christmas season
Dec 2019
Great place to sit, relax and reflect while shopping on the Mag Mile. Especially if the choir or organist is practicing. Beautiful, hidden gem.
Written March 14, 2020
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David L
69 contributions
It's not just Gothic
Mar 2020 • Couples
Today I walked through the very modern, yet very inspiring Buchanan Chapel of historic Fourth Presbyterian Church. I highly recommend it for a few moments of quiet beauty and peace of mind, in a very contemporary atmosphere.
Written March 4, 2020
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The_Loup_Garou
Phoenix, AZ166,281 contributions
Second Visit to This Iconic & Historic Church
Mar 2019
I first noticed the Fourth Presbyterian Church, when we first stayed at the Westin Hotel, on a previous trip. I could not help but notice it from the Westin Executive Lounge, as one can look down upon it, though many of the lounge’s windows. It is an imposing structure, and dominates a full city block, at the corner of N Michigan Ave and E Delaware Place, directly across from the John Hancock Building, at 875 N Michigan Ave. It was after coffee in that lounge, that I decided to re-visit this magnificent church.

I had done a self-guided tour, and was back to do another one, while my wife was in meetings near-by. I walked over to the church, and explored the chapel, and the courtyard, on a cool, damp March day.

Much of the church’s structure dates from the early 1900's (though the congregation goes back to the 1870's), in a Gothic Revival style, borrowing on some of the aesthetic aspects of older cathedrals, in Europe, such as Notre Dame, and the Cologne Cathedral. The Gothic Revival elements are everywhere, and quickly establish the visual theme of the building, and from all sides. The exterior deserves a complete walk-around, and will present itself in a different way, with the changing light. Besides the imposing main structure, and also fronting N Michigan Ave, there is a serene courtyard, attaching several administrative buildings. I spent some time in that lovely courtyard, and while those out-buildings are not as grand as the cathedral, itself, they are well-worth the time to study.

Again, the chapel was open for viewing, and I took this opportunity to photograph some of the interior, open to the public.

Besides its architectural beauty, it is a great place to just relax, and reflect, before heading back out to N Michigan Ave - the Magnificent Mile - for shopping, or more exploring. A gorgeous, and historic (second oldest building on Michigan Ave, after the Water Tower) building, well worth seeing, and spending time both admiring and touring. I probably spent 2 hours on this day, including the walk-around of the entire exterior.
Written January 30, 2020
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Iowares
Des Moines, IA476 contributions
A lovely place escape on Michigan Ave
Dec 2019
Beautiful exterior and courtyard, and there was almost no one inside when we stopped in for a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle on Michigan Ave. A lovely surprise to find in the middle of Michigan Ave.
Written January 19, 2020
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Denise M
Chicago, IL58 contributions
Important and imposing
Dec 2019
Fourth Presbyterian is by all means, a great place to stop and pause when you're floundering around North Michigan Avenue. Firstly, it is just a beautiful, quiet space. It's generally open during the day if you need to regroup during a shopping or other Michigan Avenue adventure. I tend to go in and say a prayer or two, personally. It really does have a majesty and feels like you might actually be in the presence of something with kind of a shortcut to god's ear. They still have services during the day, too. Maybe at noon?
That's not all! It was completed in 1871, supposedly the day the Chicago Fire began. How's that for an interesting historic morsel? The exterior being stone, it was spared from the flames. It has a lovely courtyard, too, which is open to the public. Really rather awesome to have this smack in the middle of a shopping district. There's great food near here, if you are so inclined. You could also have a happy hour beverage around the corner at Pippin's.
So, yep, I suggest you give it a look.
Written January 7, 2020
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travchef
Florida835 contributions
The 9:30 AM service was beautiful, and memorable
Dec 2019
The church is stunning inside. The stained glass windows are
magnificent. Having grown up in a similar style church, this was like going home.
The ushers and greeters were very friendly and welcomed us in.
Reverend Kershner is a great preacher, and the choir is wonderful. The service is just under and hour.
Written December 27, 2019
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tjmm1985
Monterey, CA341 contributions
A Chicago classic
Dec 2019
If you are in town, Fourth Presbyterian is a must stop on Sunday morning. Everytime we have visited, it was as if we had been there a thousand times and always greeted with handshake and smile. The music is moving, the sights are amazing, and Pastor Kershner always delivers a message that hits home! What a blessing.
Written December 22, 2019
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K Pastore
Hinsdale, IL651 contributions
What old world attention to detail
Dec 2019
We went to an Andrew Bird concert here recently. I had know idea how beautiful this church as inside, even though I walk past it often. The attention to detail throughout is something you just don't see any longer. It was a great place for a concert with wonderful acoustics.
Written December 21, 2019
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Fourth Presbyterian Church is open:
  • Sun - Sun 7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
  • Mon - Fri 7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM


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