JOHN CHUCKMAN’S PLACES – SOUTH SHORE CHICAGO: PHOTO – CHICAGO – SOUTH SHORE BAPTIST CHURCH – COLES AND CHELTENHAM – AS IT LOOKS TODAY – NOW A SMALL PART OF A HUGE BLACK REVIVAL CHURCH STRETCHING TO 79TH – IN MY TIME THERE WAS SHRUBBERY ABOVE FRONT CORNER CONCRETE, NO GLASS BLOCKS, A FRAMED MODEST INFORMATIONAL GLASS SIGN WITH MOVEABLE LETTERS, AND A SOMEWHAT EMBARRASSING CROSS SIGN ON ROOF CORNER WITH ‘ JESUS SAVES’ IN NEON – ALSO PARSONAGE WAS JUST E ON CHELTENHAM (TO THE LEFT) – EDITED FROM A RAY QUISENBERRY IMAGE   3 comments

PHOTO - CHICAGO - SOUTH SHORE BAPTIST CHURCH - COLES AND CHELTENHAM - AS IT LOOKS TODAY - EDITED FROM A RAY QUISENBERRY IMAGE

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3 responses to “JOHN CHUCKMAN’S PLACES – SOUTH SHORE CHICAGO: PHOTO – CHICAGO – SOUTH SHORE BAPTIST CHURCH – COLES AND CHELTENHAM – AS IT LOOKS TODAY – NOW A SMALL PART OF A HUGE BLACK REVIVAL CHURCH STRETCHING TO 79TH – IN MY TIME THERE WAS SHRUBBERY ABOVE FRONT CORNER CONCRETE, NO GLASS BLOCKS, A FRAMED MODEST INFORMATIONAL GLASS SIGN WITH MOVEABLE LETTERS, AND A SOMEWHAT EMBARRASSING CROSS SIGN ON ROOF CORNER WITH ‘ JESUS SAVES’ IN NEON – ALSO PARSONAGE WAS JUST E ON CHELTENHAM (TO THE LEFT) – EDITED FROM A RAY QUISENBERRY IMAGE

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  1. thank you chucker, i always look forward to getting another photo that you come across.

  2. The South Shore Baptist Church was originally a Jewish Synagogue; today the name on the marquee reads Christ Bible Church of Chicago, however the internet claims both SSBC and CBCC separately. I attended the SS Baptist Church from 1960-1969. I recall the huge drive to collect pennies for the poor during Vacation Bible School, and passing out Vanilla Wafers and red Kool-aid! I recall both the main auditorium in the church and the main lobby in Chelton Movie Theater has the same red carpeting. So many great memories. Thanks for posting!

    • Hi Linda,

      I never heard the story of its having been a synagogue. In some ways, it’s hard to credit – aspects of the interior design, although the six-sided basic structure points that way – after all there were so many urban myths we used to hear in those years.

      I attended SSBC from 1955 into the early 1960s and was active as an usher for morning service and served on Rube Stohlhammer’s Friday night cleaning crew.

      Sorry, I don’t recall your name.

      John Chuckman

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