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Open House Chicago 2019 - Sacred Spaces

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As part of Open House Chicago 2019, we invite visitors to tour First Saint Paul’s Sanctuary guided by a written architectural description and history of First Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church. Volunteers will be there to help you find your way and answer questions. Docents will be available on Sunday to lead mini-tours and answer questions.

What makes First Saint Paul’s unique in Chicago is, in no small part, our church building, particularly the Sanctuary. Designed by renowned architect Edward Dart and dedicated in December 1970, our magnificent space is part of #OHC2019, a free event that provides behind-the-scenes access to 350 sites all over Chicago.

First Saint Paul’s is available to #OHC2019 visitors from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m on Sunday.

Dart designed this space with a “theology in architecture: to focus on the Cross, Communion Table, Pulpit and Baptismal Font.” He wanted to exclude everything extraneous.

The “simple, curvilinear, non-monumental building” expresses the feeling of a “working church” rather than a monumental or “showplace” church. This encourages participants and not just spectators.

We’re looking for volunteers to help greet guests on both Saturday and Sunday. If you’re interested, please speak with Marlo Schulz-Kittl ( or 312-642-7172 ext 23).

The Chicago Architecture Center’s Open House Chicago is a free public festival that offers behind-the-scenes access to more than 350 buildings across Chicago. “Explore the hidden gems and architectural treasures of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods — all for free.”

Start planning your Open House Chicago itinerary today.

Here’s a preview of First Saint Paul’s magnificent space. We invite you to experience it live.

Earlier Event: October 13
Chicago Marathon Sunday
Later Event: October 20
Open House Chicago 2019 - Sacred Spaces