Helping Those In Need

Since its founding more than 150 years ago, Fourth Church has always put a priority on helping persons in need in our city. Today the two most prominent programs supplying this assistance are Meals Ministry and the Chicago Lights Social Service Center.

Fourth Church does not provide financial assistance, direct housing, or employment placement.

Meals Ministry serves free meals five days every week:

Sunday Night Supper is served at Fourth Church from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in Anderson Hall with limited seating (entry is from the courtyard). Food is distributed in “to go” boxes.

Monday Night Supper is served at Catholic Charities on North LaSalle Street, between Huron and Superior Streets, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Wristbands to enter the dining room are distributed at 4:00 p.m.) Both “to go” and limited inside seating options are available.

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, bag lunches are served at Fourth Church between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in Anderson Hall, with limited seating (entry is through the glass doors on the north side of the Michigan Avenue courtyard). Guests can also take lunch to go.

How you can help support Meals Ministry


The Chicago Lights Social Service Center

Social services are provided at the 126 E. Chestnut Street entrance Tuesday through Friday mornings, with check-in from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. (Social services are not available except during these hours.)

Provisions available include toiletries, clothes, and food.

How you can support the Chicago Lights Social Service Center


For other ways to help, please see the pages on volunteering, on donating items, and on giving.


126 E. Chestnut Street
(at Michigan Avenue)
Chicago, Illinois 60611.2014
(Across from the Hancock)

For events in the Sanctuary,
enter from Michigan Avenue

Getting to Fourth Church

Receptionist: 312.787.4570

Directory: 312.787.2729



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