Trip Planner:   USA  /  Illinois  /  Chicago  /  Historic Sites  /  Chicago Temple

Chicago Temple, Chicago

(25+ reviews on the web)
Religious Site
The 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.The 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.It was the tallest building in Chicago from 1924 until 1930, when it was surpassed by the Chicago Board of Trade Building. This claim included the height of the steeple to maintain the title over the 35 East Wacker Building which opened in 1927.
Using our online itinerary creator, Chicago attractions like Chicago Temple can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
Source
Create a full Chicago itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Chicago

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Chicago by other users

38 days in United States BY A USER FROM ROMANIA September, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 30 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, teens, kids, outdoors, popular PREFERENCES: September, teens, kids, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Boston & Chicago BY A USER FROM SPAIN August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Boston & Chicago BY A USER FROM SPAIN August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Chicago BY A USER FROM SPAIN August, outdoors, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: August, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 27 days in United States, Calgary & Vancouver BY A USER FROM INDIA August, kids, culture, outdoors, shopping, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: August, kids, culture, outdoors, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 42 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 12 days in San Francisco, Las Vegas & Chicago BY A USER FROM HONG KONG October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Chicago BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, kids, popular PREFERENCES: August, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 41 days in United States & Toronto BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Chicago BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Lots of history in this building. The first Methodist church in Chicago! Used to be the tallest building in Chicago!  more »
  • Been wanting to tour this chapel in a skyscraper and was not disappointed. Such a sweet little space. So much symbolism. I found the tour quite interesting about how the church has evolved and the inf...  more »
  • The Chicago Temple building is full of surprises. From the outside, it looks like a well-built (in 1922) 22 story office building, but, with a spire on top! On the first floor is a beautiful church, a...  more »