Explore Chicagoland's rich religious culture and history by exploring notable houses of worship in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Examine the intersections of belief, behavior and community identity. Likely stops include:
Quinn Chapel AME Methodist Church. Located in Chicago’s historic Bronzeville neighborhood Quinn AME is the oldest black church in Chicago. Prior to the passage of the Emancipation Proclamation, Quinn played an important part in the abolition movement in Chicago and served as a station for the Underground Railroad. In subsequent years, Quinn became hub for American activists looking to reach the city’s black population. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Susan B. Anthony, and W.E.B. Dubois were are just some of the figures who have spoken at Quinn.
St. Therese Catholic Church. Opened in 1903, St. Therese Mission originally served a predominantly Italian population that is believed to have included at one point, Al Capone’s mother. As neighborhood demographics transitioned, the Church became home to a predominantly Chinese population.
Chinatown/Buddhist Friendship Association. A self-guided tour of Chinatown including a stop at the Buddhist Friendship Association, a storefront Buddhist shrine aligned most closely with Pure Land Buddhism.
Palatine Gurdwara or Wheaton Gurdwara (TBD). Visit one of only three Sikh Gurdwaras in Chicagoland and experience langar, a traditional vegetarian meal served to all visitors.
Fee: FREE. Vegetarian lunch (Langar) and snacks are included.