A Chicago Sojourn, I snapped a few pictures yesterday when I was walking through Logan Square.* I was killing time while my dog, Stewart, was having his underwater treadmill therapy (or whatever it was).
As I turned back toward Integrative Pet Care, on Armitage just west of Western, I came upon what I thought at first was a church, above. (The crosses gave it away.)
According to this, by 1910 the Norwegian community in Chicago had migrated north and west from Wicker Park into Humboldt Park and Logan Square. Originally named Salem Norwegian Free Church, it was later changed to Salem Evangelical Free Church. (Why "Salem?" I wondered.)
And on the California side, there's a sign reading Good News Bible Church/Iglesia Evangélica Libre
Salem. So it is an active church after all, not a condo building.
From the church's website:
Good News Bible Church is an Evangelical Free Church in
the Humboldt Park/Logan Square community of Chicago. An urban community
of believers, GNBC is made up of people of all ages and from all walks
of life. Good News began in 1979 and worships in the historic facilities
once populated by the Salem Evangelical Free Church, birthplace of TEAM
Missions, and is one of two congregations that make up this church (the
other congregation is the Spanish-speaking Iglesia Evangélica Libre
Salem.) On June 3, 2003, Good News completed a merger with the existing
There's also this undated picture on the "Our Story" page:
It's interesting how that neighborhood has changed. What was once a blue-collar part of town is rapidly gentrifying with hipsters spilling over from Wicker Park. One thing is for sure, though: you won't see any Norwegians there! They all decamped for the suburbs a long time ago.
* If you really want to be specific, it's actually Palmer Square, which is a "pocket neighborhood" within Logan Square.