Lonely Planet review for Moody Church
Directly across from the Chicago History Museum stands the hulking nondenominational Moody Church, started by 19th-century missionary Dwight Moody. He also founded the Moody Bible Institute in the Gold Coast, and was basically the Billy Graham of his age – a charismatic preacher who took his literal interpretations of the Bible to audiences around the world. During the 1893 World’s Expo, Moody organized huge Christian revivalist events under enormous tents in Jackson Park, hoping to warn fair-goers away from the moral ruin awaiting them on the Midway and in Chicago’s infamous Levee District. This Clark St structure, which can hold almost 4000 worshippers, was built in 1925. Tours are available by request.