Every Wednesday I visit St. Bernard Hospital in the Englewood, neighboorhood of Chicago’s south side to manage a medical practice. I get off at the 63rd street exit of the Dan Ryan on my way to the office on the 3rd floor of the professional pavilion. It is easy to be intimidated by the news reports of many murders in the area. It is also very discouraging to drive around and see urban blight, abandoned buildings and empty lots. Around this I see very encouraging signs of hope, new homes around the hospital, Salvation Army Centers and soon a new Whole Foods in the 63rd and Halsted area. Today, I drove to visit a community health center, called the Beloved Community Health Center on 68th and Halsted. Very amazing place, very clean, staff very caring. Now I want you to remember that name Beloved Community Health Clinic. As I left the clinic on the way back to St. Bernard’s I noticed a very tall church just south of the hospital on Harvard Street, I decided then that after I left the office I will do some photography of this building and do a series on architecture and community development. About the church, the name of it is, the Beloved Community Christian Church, the sign outside says Pastor Bobby Rush, umm… Could this be Congressman Bobby Rush, further research on the churches Facebook shows that he is Pastor. I also think that Beloved Community Clinic is an outreach of this church.
About the building, It is an exquisite structure with some intricate details on the facade and a huge and beautiful stain glass wall on the front. Enjoy the images and remember this is the first article on Englewood, there are more to come.