Monica Schrager works in Chicago’s Jeweler Building, just across Wacker Drive from the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist. She walks by the church every day and it definitely stands out. “It’s this small ‘60s-style building in the middle of a bunch of skyscrapers,” she says. From her office window she also gets a view of the building’s distinctive cupola, which most people don’t see.
Monica noticed that there don’t seem to be many people coming and going at the church and she got curious. Here’s what she asked us:
How did the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist get such prime real estate on Wabash and Wacker? Why has no one bought them out?
Monica moved to Chicago in 1991 and currently lives in Humboldt Park. She’s a web developer by trade but she’s also a big fan of architecture, which is one of the reasons she reached out to us.
“I love the variety of architecture we have in the city, from Mies Van Der Rohe to Frank Lloyd Wright,” she says.
Monica adds she’s also interested in the history of different organizations in Chicago and “how they’ve managed to get their hooks in.” She wonders whether this church has some “fighting and scrappiness” that’s allowed it to stay put.