Wicker Park Lutheran Church (WPLC) was founded in 1879. It has undergone a series of renovations over the years and stands today as an impressive structure on the corner of Hoyne Avenue and LeMoyne Street. You can appreciate the building’s architecture while attending an intimate Candlelight concert. WPLC is hosting a series of these performances featuring classical takes on some of the greatest music of all time.
You’ll find getting to the striking church to be an easy task. WPLC is located just two blocks south of the no.72 North Avenue bus, two blocks west of the no.50 Damen Avenue bus, and three blocks from the no.56 Milwaukee Avenue bus. If arriving by car, you can also find non-zoned, free parking on Hoyne and LeMoyne.
Facts, Curiosities and Interesting Things about Wicker Park Lutheran Church
1. A worship described as “theologically-expansive”
WPLC welcomes all—all genders, gender identities, races, sexual orientations, marital statuses, ages, abilities, immigration statuses, and socio-economic backgrounds. The church prides itself in its
2. Burglaries and deterioration
While it has survived plenty of trials and tribulations, WPLC continues to stand tall. After being burglarized five times in 1973, three stained glass windows being stolen in 1976, and a failure to be reimbursed by the insurance company, WPLC began to deteriorate. Fortunately, the 21st century brought an extensive renovation project overseen by Rev. Ruth VanDemark.
3. Romanesque architecture
Designed by A.C. Hansen, there are plenty of stunning details to behold at WPLC. The oblong church was built in the classical Romanesque style and features a vaulted ceiling and round arches. Two towers based on those of Abbey of Sainte-Trinité (the Holy Trinity) stand out as part of the breathtaking building.
Candlelight concerts at Wicker Park Lutheran Church
Find your seat at one of the mesmerizing performances illuminating Wicker Park Lutheran Church and reintroduce yourself to some of your favorite music. From Coldplay to Fleetwood Mac, talented musicians are set to perform one-of-a-kind concerts inspired by contemporary artists, timeless composers, and more. The combination of Romanesque charm and a sea of candles makes for an unforgettable evening out in Chicago.
What else can you do at Wicker Park Lutheran Church?
Aside from in-person worship, visitors can discover WPLC-affiliated events, and other activities such as karate classes. With plenty of new goals added to WPLC’s list this year, there is a lot to look forward to in the community.
While the Candlelight series continues to shine a new light on WPLC, the wildly popular concerts are also taking place at several other venues across Chicago. Fall under the spell of awe-inspiring music whilst discovering some of the city’s finest venues.
Note: For the safety of our audience, all of the candlelight will be provided through flameless candles.