a beautiful building
The Preston Bradley Center, built in 1926 at the height of Uptown’s glory days, has six stories of space housing arts groups, social services, and religious groups.
The Preston Bradley Center
This historic 1926 six story building has a beautiful auditorium on the main floor, a theater and galleries on the fourth floor, and meeting rooms available to the public.
For large events, the main Auditorium seats 960 on two levels. Its marvelous acoustics make it perfect for musical events, as well as weddings, lectures, and public meetings.
For groups of 50-150, Mason Hall, the beautiful theater/ banquet-hall on the fourth floor, with its 24 foot ceilings, antique chandeliers, and 1920's era murals, holds up to 200 people, with rows of chairs facing the stage, or banquet tables arranged around the spacious room. It's the new home of the National Pastime Theater Ensemble.
Sharing the fourth floor is the new Uptown Arts Center Galleries (see panel at right), its roomy galleries and meeting spaces available for groups of 10-30 to meet, with rows of chairs, or long tables. The fourth floor is reached by elevator or stairs, and has accessible restrooms in the foyer.
on floor 3 ½ (not wheel-chair accessible), is a homey, informal space
holding 20-40 people, and has a half-kitchen, making it handy for events
Preston Bradley Center
941 W. Lawrence Avenue
P.O. Box 408319
Chicago, IL 60640-8319
The Peoples Church
a progressive church
Today, after nearly 90 years in Uptown, the Peoples Church continues to celebrate liberal religion and the progressive tradition, to warmly welcome all who come to its doors, and to provide room for widely varying viewpoints and theological perspectives.
Check out Jim Frazier's other photos of the building.
The Peoples Church of Chicago
Peoples Church was born in the midst of theological and social controversy and has been a progressive religious force throughout its existence. The Rev. Dr. Preston Bradley built the building, and served as its pastor and the conscience of Chicago for over 50 years. He preached against the KKK, helped create the United Nations, and marched with Martin Luther King, Jr.
Today the church continues to celebrate liberal religion and the progressive tradition, to warmly welcome all who come to its doors, and to provide room for widely varying viewpoints and theological perspectives.
Or take a look at what's going on at Peoples Church on its regular website.
a center for the arts
The Uptown Arts Center, as a new project of the Preston Bradley Center, opens this versatile building to developing the arts in the Uptown community
The Uptown Arts Center includes:
Fourth Floor Galleries that focus on contemporary painting and drawing, emerging and mid-career artists. We welcome diverse viewpoints regardless of their market appeal or eccentricity.
Rental space that gives artists, producers, community organizations and event planners an opportunity to develop their own art practices and business ventures centered on community and arts education.