Churches of Tthe 20th Century


Postcard image of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, c. 1950. This building is now occupied by Grace Presbyterian Church.


History of the First Church of Christ, Scientist

In 1924, 75 of Winnetkans came together and founded the First Church of Christ, Scientist. Church services were first held inside the Masonic Temple, which stood where the Hadley Institute is today. In the 1930s, the church commissioned notable architect Spencer S. Beman to design their own building, which was completed in 1941. Learn more about the history of Winnetka Christian Science church. Click HERE.

Saints Faith, Hope and Charity Catholic Church

While developing a new church is never an easy task, few had to fight for their own building and school as much as Saints Faith, Hope and Charity Catholic Church in the 1930s. Read about how the church struggled to develop its building and how it transformed into the large church and school complex that exists today. Read HERE.

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Image of the groundbreaking ceremony for the original Saints Faith, Hope, and Charity Catholic Church, 1939.

Winnetka Presbyterian Church, c. 1995

Winnetka Presbyterian Church

As one of Winnetka’s newest churches, Winnetka Presbyterian Church has seen steady growth since it was founded in 1956. It’s highly visible location on Willow Road quickly made the church a local landmark. Learn about the relatively recent but fascinating history of this church. Click HERE.

Congregation Hakafa

Congregation Hakafa began in 1983 when a group of North Shore residents started meeting on Friday evenings for fellowship and prayer. The Jewish congregation continued to grow, officially organizing in 1984. In 1986, the congregation moved its Friday night services to the Winnetka Community House, where they are still held today. Read more about the history of Winnetka’s Jewish congregation. Click HERE.

Exterior sign of the Winnetka Community House, c. 1975. The Lake Shore Unitarian Society meets at the Community House in Room 101.

Lake Shore Unitarian Society

Since it was founded over 50 years ago, the Lake Shore Unitarian Society has differentiated itself from other faith-based groups by offering services that are facilitated by member volunteers. This interfaith community meets at the Winnetka Community House. Learn more about the Lake Shore Unitarian Society’s values and approach. Click HERE.