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Chicago Temple, Chicago

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First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple is a church located at the base and in the utmost floors of the Chicago Temple Building, a skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois. The top of the building is at a height of 173 metres (568 ft.).HistoryThe congregation was founded in 1831 and built a log cabin on the north bank of the Chicago River in 1834. In 1838, it moved the cabin across the river to the corner of Washington and Clark Streets. The current structure was completed after a debate within the congregation whether the church should remain in central Chicago or sell its valuable property and relocate to the growing suburban areas.The congregation is approximately 60% white, 16% black, and maybe 20% Asian and the remainder mixed. Bread is broken every other week and the diversity in the church is recognized and accepted as a modern church. It had its roots on John Wesley's teaching.Chicago Temple BuildingThe Chicago Temple Building is a 173-meter tall skyscraper church located at 77 W. Washington St. in Chicago, Illinois, United States. It is home to the congregation of the First United Methodist Church of Chicago. It was completed in 1924 and has 23 floors dedicated to religious and office use. It is by one measure the tallest church building in the world based on the distance from the church's street level entrance to the top of the church's spire or steeple. Although by stipulating that a church building's usage be entirely or almost entirely devoted to religious purposes, then, by that standard, Ulm Minster in Ulm, Germany at 530 feet in height is the tallest church in the world.
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  • The oldest church in Chicago and a beatiful place to visit. It's architecture and history are fun to learn about with a free daily 2 pm tour from Monday to Saturday, or Sundays after each service. A g...  more »
  • I have based this church numerous times never realizing that the offered daily tours at 2:00PM (different time on Sunday). It is a unique church that utilizes their mixed use building in downtown Chic...  more »
  • At 2pm daily a free tour starts. You meet in the main reception area a guide will come out to see you. Please please put a contribution in the box towards this wonderful place they welcome you with an...  more »
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