In any given week, one walking through the halls of the Preston Bradley center might encounter many things: friends enjoying a meal, artists creating, a faith community gathered for worship, young people making music together, or a speaker sharing a thought-provoking story. The Preston Bradley Center was formed by the Peoples Church of Chicago as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 1987. Its purpose at that time was to restore and maintain the historic Peoples Church building. Over the years, the organization’s mission has expanded and it works now to both care for the building and engage in community outreach through the arts, spirituality, and social justice. The Preston Bradley Center operates two programs of its own: 2 Li’l Fishes, which serves a hot, free lunch to all who come six days per week, and the Uptown Arts Center, which offers affordable art studio space. PBC is also open to other organizations in need of office, performance, or other gathering space on a long- and short-term basis.
PBC’s current space-sharing partners include:
Peoples Church of Chicago
The Peoples Church of Chicago is a worshiping community of Christian, Unitarian Universalist, and other seekers who care deeply about justice, extravagant hospitality, and living our faith grounded in progressive values and Christian teachings. You are welcome here “If you believe in God some of the time, or none of the time, or all of the time,” so we state in our opening worship affirmation each Sunday. We are a multiracial congregation with members from all walks of life. Some of us are employed, some underemployed, some searching for work, and some retired. All of us endeavor to live out our call to be a faith-filled people. Some of us are housed, some homeless, and some temporarily housed. We honor the struggles that each of us may face in our day to day lives. And we join together, all of us, to form a community and make a difference in our neighborhood and city.
Join us for worship at 10:00 a.m. each Sunday.
The heart of 2 Li’l Fishes is serving the neighborhood through a free, generous, nutritious meal served six days a week, to all comers. 2 Li’l Fishes was started in the 1990s by The Peoples Church, and has been “restoring hope, one plate at a time” ever since.
Uptown Arts Center
The Uptown Arts Center creates shared art studio and workshop spaces, exhibition galleries, and boutique performance arenas. We showcase emerging and mid-career artists, predominantly from the Chicago area, in a variety of thematic exhibitions. We cultivate visual and interdisciplinary arts in the Uptown community.
Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles
Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles is Chicago’s premier family of performance groups for members and friends of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Home to four major Lakeside Pride ensembles – jazz orchestra, marching band, small ensembles, and symphonic band – the organization offers a diverse musical experience for both its audience and its members. Through an annual series of performances and special events, Lakeside Pride provides a forum for adult musicians, inclusive of any background, ethnicity, gender identification or sexual orientation, to represent the LGBT community and express themselves through music
Missio Dei Uptown
We seek to be a community that follows Jesus, honoring every person as someone who matters to him, living in the freedom he brings, and joining him in the renewal of all things. Missio Dei Uptown is one of four Missio Dei congregations in Chicago.
North Side Housing
North Side Housing Men’s Transitional Housing: Located on the lower level of the Preston Bradley Center, Uptown Men’s Transitional Housing has 72 beds and provides inclusive, life-saving, and person-centered services including shelter, meals, showers, and intensive case-management.
Christ Pentecostal International Church
Led by Pastor Seth Dolley, we are a gathering of caring Believers that encourages love and spiritual growth, respects individual and cultural differences, and ministers deliverance to those who are hurting and helps those in need. We meet for worship on Sundays from 10am-1pm, for prayer on Fridays from 7-9:30pm, and for a prayer vigil on the first Friday of each month from 11pm-4am. Families and children are welcome at our services, and we have an active youth group.