Upcoming Events


L Stop Tours


Friends is happy to announce its participation in a new Chicago tour offering: L Stop Tours. Lindsay McNaught and Tom Schaffner are rolling out the new tours program in June with a stop at Historic Second Church as part of their four-hour Green Line South tour. The Green Line South tour, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, starts at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel and visits various sites in the South Loop neighborhood including Motor Row, Women’s Park/Clarke House, Glessner House and the church with additional information about Chess Records, Prairie Avenue and McCormick Square. As a promotion, they are offering a 10% discount to readers of The Herald using the Promo Code “Friends19.” Visit their website at www.lstoptours.com to enroll in an L Stop Tour, including Green Line South, Pink, Brown and Blue line trains.

Learn more    about this special partnership.

Learn more about this special partnership.


Wednesdays, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Saturdays, 11:00 - 3:00 pm
Sunday, 12:15 pm

Friends of Historic Second Church exists to preserve, restore, and educate


Second Presbyterian Church is a Chicago architectural gem dating to 1874. Architect James Renwick designed the Gothic Revival exterior and Howard Van Doren Shaw and Frederic Clay Bartlett redesigned the interior in the Arts and Crafts style in 1901. Stunning memorial windows made by William Morris & Company, Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company, Tiffany Studios, McCully & Miles, and Louis J. Millet enhance the Church's interior. Original Bartlett murals, light fixtures and 175 angels grace the space. In 2013, Second Presbyterian Church was designated a National Historic Landmark in recognition of its Arts and Crafts interior. This designation is reserved for buildings and sites that are determined by the Secretary of the Interior to possess national significance in American culture and history.

Our mission is to preserve and restore the art and architecture of Chicago’s landmark Second Presbyterian Church and to engage neighbors and the world in sharing our passion for its beauty and significance.

Please visit and join us in maintaining this historically significant architectural treasure.


Current Restoration Work


Friends’ mission is to preserve and restore the internationally recognized art and architecture of Chicago’s landmark Second Presbyterian Church and to educate a worldwide audience about its historical and cultural significance.

Take Action

Become a member, make a donation, or volunteer as a docent. Every contribution helps support the program to preserve and restore Second Presbyterian Church, and to educate a worldwide audience. Become a part of history!

Sanctuary photo credit: James Caulfield and all other photos by Martin Cheung