Saturday, January 10, 2015
Saturday Fun Activity: Where IS this?
Who knows how many churches are in Chicago?
I wouldn't hazard a guess—one local TV station estimated 6,000, but they didn't source that figure.
Though it sounds about right.
Of course first, you'd have to define what you mean by "churches"?
Does that refer to church buildings? Because some of those are empty, or have been pressed into other purposes. There's a church on the North Side that was made into condos. Is it still a "church?"
Or a congregations? Because many of those meet in storefronts.
It isn't as if the city keeps a master church list, to my knowledge. You don't have to register your church, or get a church license.
This lovely structure caught my eye during my wanderings around the city this week, for its charming maroon-roofed tower, and its matching awning announcing "LOVE."
(And yes, I plugged those into Google to see if they give the game away: they don't. Lots of churches, lots of love).
So where is this particular church?
I've gone through something of a transformation during the "Saturday Fun Activity" process. As much as I want to stump you guys, I think part of me will be sad when that finally happens, if it finally happens, the way the Boston Red Sox winning the World Series drained away a little of the specialness that came from their long string of defeats. As thwarted as I've been in my attempts to frustrate the Hive, I think when I eventually do—perhaps with this church, hiding in plain sight—it'll be a melancholy victory.
Or heck, maybe I'll be triumphant. Hard to predict these things.
So place your guesses below. The winner gets a package of excellent Bridgeport coffee. Except for Dale—he's already got his. When I shipped him his prize package for last Saturday, I tucked in an extra bag, as an advance against his next victory. Seemed an efficiency. I probably should have shipped three. Good luck to all. And if it's King Dale, well, I'm okay with that too.
In case this put you in the mood for more photos of churches—and synagogues, and mosques—the winner, who photographed the church above last year, shared a website, "Chicago Houses of Worship" featuring thousands of pictures of, well, you know.