Free concerts Fourth Presbyterian Church Chicago. Friday outdoor concerts are back.
When: Each Friday of the year at 12:10 p.m., free Noonday concerts. July and August in the courtyard off Michigan Avenue, by the fountain.
Where: Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E Chestnut St, 312.787.4570
Free concerts Fourth Presbyterian Church Chicago – Schedule
Friday, July 16
Stu Mindeman, piano
Friday, July 23
Andy Brown, guitar
Friday, July 30
Tom Michael and Beckie Menzie, cabaret
Friday, August 6
Juan Pastor, drums
Friday, August 13
Eric Schneider, saxophone
Friday, August 20
Elaine Dame, voice
Friday, August 27
Libby York, voice
September through June in the Sanctuary or Buchanan Chapel (except when otherwise noted). To get to Buchanan Chapel enter door to the left of the main church entrance. Walk all the way to the back and walk up the stairs or take the elevator to the 2nd floor. Weekday evening and Sunday afternoon concerts are also offered periodically throughout the year.
Tickets are not required for concerts unless otherwise indicated.
The Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago was organized on February 12, 1871, through the merger of two older congregations, founded in 1848 and 1855.
The new congregation spent six months refurbishing North Presbyterian’s existing church building on the southeast corner of Wabash and Grand and rededicated the renovated structure on Sunday, October 8, 1871. A few hours later the church burned to the ground in the Chicago Fire.
In February 1874 they dedicated a stone church on the northwest corner of Rush and Superior Streets that they would use for just over forty years.
In 1911 Fourth Church had outgrown its property at Rush and Superior. They purchased a plot of land three blocks north, on what would later become Michigan Avenue, and the cornerstone for a new edifice was laid on September 17, 1912.
The Sanctuary was designed by architect Ralph Adams Cram, the parish buildings around the courtyard by architect Howard Van Doren Shaw, and the stained glass windows by Charles J. Connick. The interior painting and decoration of the Sanctuary was overseen by Frederick Clay Bartlett. The new church was dedicated in 1914.Except for the Water Tower complex which survived the Chicago Fire of 1871, Fourth Church is now the oldest surviving structure on Michigan Avenue north of the river.