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Sacred Spaces: Chicago
Chicago Cultural Center - Tiffany Dome (Credit: Pablo Jones)
Look at this city through the lens of its religious architecture and gain an appreciation for the people who carved out their space -- setting it aside from everyday life for the purpose of ritual, worship or simply peace. Mainly, we chose spaces sited in or near the Downtown Loop, but we also included a small group of historically and architecturally significant sites at the periphery of the city.
The evolution of Chicago as a center for architecture has been well documented. Its other history as an historical hub for interfaith dialogue is lesser known. The World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, also known at the Chicago World's Fair, was the site for the First Parliament of the World's Religions. As a result, the Baha'is chose to stay here and build their only temple in North America. Mary Baker Eddy, founder of Christian Science, came to share her new religion with the rest of the world -- and took the influence of the Beaux Arts style back to Boston when she left. The continuity of architectural evolution and interfaith dialogue make Chicago an ideal city to explore sacred space. We hope you are inspired to visit and uncover the same beauty and marvels we experienced when we entered inside this group of sacred spaces. We know you will be awed by what you find.
The Chicago Temple - Sky Chapel (Credit: Sarah Tranum)
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Download the Chicago guide here (PDF).
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Published October 11, 2010
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