We are pleased to introduce the addition of a special instrument to our new Commons. When construction began last year, discussions of the use of this new space and potential musical instruments to support its programming included the idea of installing a small pipe organ.  Goals of having such a unique instrument in the Commons include, but are not limited to:

• allowing people, especially youth, to get up close to a pipe organ to better understand and enjoy it.

• allowing the concert series to offer smaller-scaled performances of chamber groups, duos, etc. that are not as well served by the large sanctuary space.

• allowing us to hold hymn sings more regularly, knowing that the organ and sanctuary are often too large for such an event.

• having the flexibility to hold Memorial Garden-side services.

The 1937 Wicks Organ, Opus 1751 is featured in the book Pipe Organs of Chicago, Vol II – S. Schnurr, Jr & D. Northway.

Built for Bethany Lutheran Church of Baltimore, Maryland, the Wicks pipe organ was moved to Good Shepherd Metropolitan Community Church of Chicago.  When the congregation disbanded, the organ was moved to the Northway/Kraus residence of West Rogers Park.  After a fire caused smoke damage to the instrument, it was carefully restored by the Berghaus Organ Company of Bellwood, Illinois.  The organ was further restored by David Brown of Buzard Organ Company of Champaign, Illinois, for use in its new home at Glenview Community Church.


We are grateful to our contributors:

In Loving Memory of

Elizabeth Speer (1933-2018)

Mother, Teacher, Church Organist

Sue Cunningham, Shari Speer, Sara Zawila


Tom & Karen Aldrich

Chuck Mize & Jeanie Bond

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