The current Chicago Tabernacle location was previously home to a Bingo hall and prior to that a theater hall dating back to the late 1920’s. Chicago Tabernacle’s need and dream of a bigger space for their congregants to serve their vision came to fruition when a project was launched by the church community to raise funds for a new building.The property at 3231 N. Cicero Avenue, Chicago, IL was purchased and the conversion of this formerly blighted building was developed.
This new space provides for world class drama programs, media programs, seniors programs,after school programs and various other activities primarily geared towards providing at risk inner city youth with positive interactions and opportunities.
About Chicago Tabernacle: The mission of the Chicago Tabernacle is to be a place of becoming for all who long to know and serve the Lord. Becoming takes place as we pursue God, love with His heart, and devote ourselves to serving others into greatness. As we do this, we are transformed into His image and become all that God has called us to be.
UDF utilized IL state NMTC’s in order to provide Chicago Tabernacle with 2 loans totaling $8,730,000. These loans incorporate many better-than-market features, including rates more than 50% below market, interest only for the entire term, and debt service coverage lower than standard.
The property is located in a severely distressed census tract with an unemployment rate higher than that of the national average.
Chicago Tabernacle provides numerous programs and activities for residents, especially children, of the surrounding community.
Chicago Tabernacle provides many camps and activities during the summer to provide alternatives for children in neighborhoods where summer and after school activities are limited. Examples of the seasonal and yearlong programming at Chicago Tabernacle include:
Safe Haven, which provides low in come children, predominantly non-English speakers, with a free six week camp designed to improve English language and literacy skills. The Safe Haven was able to serve 50 campers Summer 2016
After School Matters, a free six week program offered to local teens which focuses on music education
Kids Week of Adventure, an annual week-long summer camp experience which is a collaboration of arts and community spirit. KWA had 489 children in attendance during the 2016 session
Early Childhood, a 4 day per week program which provides care, love and developing foundational skills for children ages 0-5 years old
Elementary, an instructional program held 3 days per week prepares children in grades K-5 through object lessons and hands on activities
Weekly gatherings for youth in Jr and Sr High to connect with peers, learn relevant teachings and hang out with their friends and youth leaders
In addition to the youth centered programming, Chicago Tabernacle provides a multitude of programs, services, entertainment events, meetings, support groups and opportunities for young adults, male, female, mothers, married people, singles and new members of the CT community. Chicago Tabernacle provides all of these programs free of charge, thus providing opportunities to a large number of children and community members who would not be able to afford them otherwise.