This plaque, designating Second Presbyterian Church, Chicago, Illinois (Cook County) as a National Landmark, was unveiled at the ceremony.

Filling in for Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle, Anna Ashcraft, Director, Real Estate Management for the Bureau of Economic Development spoke at the ceremony designating Second Presbyterian Church of Chicago as a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior on June 20th.



Anna Ashcraft

Ms. Anna Ashcraft, Director, Real Estate Management, Cook County Bureau of Economic Development speaks at the ceremony, filling in for Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle.

Speaking to a sanctuary full of the congregation, members of Friends of Historic Second Church and the general public, Ms. Ashcraft spoke about other historically significant places in Cook County and what a treasure it is to preserve this particular site in Cook County as a National Historic Landmark.  Long known as being a  spiritual and community anchor in the south loop, the designation was received in March of 2013 and is the only Church to receive this honor within the City of Chicago.

Others who spoke at the ceremony were:

Invocation and Welcome   
Reverend Dr. David Neff, Interim Pastor
Second Presbyterian Church of Chicago

Linda P. Miller    
President, Friends of Historic 2nd Church

Roosevelt Ferguson
President of the Corporation & Trustees
Second Presbyterian Church

Robert Fioretti
Alderman, City of Chicago 2nd Ward

Cherita Logan, District Director
Representing Congressman Danny Davis
Illinois 7th District

Marcel Bright, Chief of Staff
Representing Pat Dowell
Alderman, City of Chicago 3rd Ward

Janis McReynolds, District Administrator
Representing Senator Mattie Hunter
Illinois 3rd Senate District

Presentation of Plaque    
Lynda Lancaster, National Park Service

Closing Remarks       
Ann Belletire
Secretary, Friends of Historic 2nd Church

Michael Shawgo, Music Director

Trumpet music presented by Royal Trumpet Works Herald Trumpeters with support from the Chicago Federation of Musicians and the American Federation of Musicians Music Performance Trust Fund.

Many dedicated volunteers also made the event possible.

Before the ceremony began, we had a chance to take some photos of the significant artwork, windows and woodwork which make this structure so important.  Click here to view our photos.   

It was an honor to attend this celebration and we congratulate both Friends of Historic Second Church and the congregation for all of the time, effort and work that went into making this designation possible.    To learn more about the art and architecture at this national landmark located in Cook County, please go to their website: