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From 1874 ⸻
Second Presbyterian Church 1936 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60616

Our story

The community at Second Presbyterian Church is deeply rooted in faith and tradition. In the reading of Scripture, recitation of the Lord’s Prayer and the Apostles’ Creed, the singing of familiar songs, and partaking of communion, we express our fellowship with millions of others.

Our roots give us the strength to live and grow surrounded by a community dedicated to discerning God’s purposes in our lives and working out our callings. Second Presbyterian Church recognizes the common and diverse challenges that people face, and seeks to provide a spiritual base of support, encouragement, and exploration for all.

Second Presbyterian Church is a leader in Chicago’s historic South Loop District. We literally have been the cornerstone of the community since 1874. We share a vision of neighborhood growth and a community of quality and equality. Our vision extends further than economic development. We want strangers to become friends and neighbors to join closer together in a spirit of community. We desire to see people to enjoy wholeness and see the fullness of God’s glory. We seek a community of justice and reconciliation, inclusivity and understanding, peace and healing for all.

Deeply rooted in faith ⸻
Miracles happen here.


The Presbyterian Church (USA) is a democratic church begun during the Protestant Reformation. The word Presbyterian means “elders”. Presbyterian churches are governed by elders who are elected by the congregation and ordained to be spiritual leaders of the congregation. There are nine ruling elders (plus the pastor, a teaching elder) who meet monthly to oversee all the aspects of Second Presbyterian Church. Deacons are elected by the congregation and ordained to offer prayer and care for members, friends and all in need.