Regular worship services are held every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and last about an hour. Read more about our worship style and communion.
We are an intergenerational, multiethnic, open and affirming congregation. While most in the congregation dress casually for Sunday worship, feel free to dress however you like! Pets are also welcome in our worship space.
Getting Here by CTA
Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ is located in Chicago’s East Lakeview neighborhood, at the corner of Wellington and Broadway, at 615 W. Wellington Ave. It is easily accessible by public transportation. The #36 Broadway bus stops right on our corner; the #151 Sheridan bus stops one block east at Wellington and Sheridan; and the routes for the #22 Clark bus and #8 Halstead bus operate a few blocks west of the church and stop at the Wellington Avenue corner. You can also reach the church via the CTA trains. From the Red, Brown and Purple line trains, get off at the Belmont station. Walk one block east to Clark, two blocks south to Wellington Avenue, then turn left onto Wellington Avenue and walk toward Broadway. You can also take the Brown and Purple line trains to the Wellington station and walk about three blocks east to the church.
Getting Here by Car
Driving from the North and Northwest Suburbs
Take the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) and take the Kimball exit. Turn right and go immediately into the left lane. Turn left at Belmont Avenue (the first light). Take Belmont east to Clark Street. Turn right onto Clark, then go south to Wellington Avenue. Turn left onto Wellington Avenue.
Driving from the Loop
Take Lake Shore Drive north. Exit at Belmont and go west about three blocks to Halsted Street, then turn left onto Halsted. Go south to Wellington Avenue. Turn left onto Wellington Avenue.
Driving from the Southern Suburbs
Take the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) and take the Armitage exit. Turn right on Armitage (East) and then head east to Ashland Avenue. Turn left on Ashland and go north to Diversey Parkway. Turn right on Diversey and then go east to Halsted Street. Turn left onto Halsted. Go north on Halsted to Wellington Avenue. Turn right onto Wellington Avenue.
You can click on the Google link in the map below to plan your best route to the church:
On Sunday morning, for those attending Wellington, free parking is available in the Illinois Masonic Medical Center parking garage at Halsted and Wellington, two blocks west of the church. Park in the Halsted garage East of the hospital. You will get a ticket when you enter the garage. When you arrive at church inform the usher that you parked in the Illinois Masonic Halsted garage and need a chaser ticket. When leaving the garage place the ticket you received when you entered the garage into the machine followed by the one you received from the usher.
Limited street and metered parking is available. Note some streets are zoned for resident parking only; currently it is best to look on the side streets east of Broadway. Please allow extra time if you will be looking for street parking.
Paid parking is available at garages and parking lots nearby the church in Lakeview. Click here for additional parking information in Microsoft Word format.
Following the worship service everyone is invited to take part in sharing some coffee, snacks and conversation in the downstairs dining room. All are welcome!
Wellington’s sanctuary is accessible to bodies of all abilities. You can find a lift that can assist those in wheelchairs, mobility scooters, those with walking aids such as canes, walkers and crutches, or those who need assistance walking up stairs, in our courtyard entrance on the west side of the church. Assistance animals are also welcome in the sanctuary.
Wellington has an active church school program for age three and up. Children attend the first part of the service with their parents and then leave for church school at 10:45 a.m. Nursery care is available for younger children. We also have a Youth Group that meets on Sunday mornings for young people ages 12 to 21.
Wellington offers several adult education classes throughout the year, aimed at linking our faith journeys and personal commitments to social justice with God’s call for justice that we hear in our scriptures and religious traditions. Classes usually are short-term, held during one evening a week over a few weeks, and include in-class and online portions to invite participation for a variety of learning styles. Read more about our Adult Education opportunities here.
The WAUCC pastors will be glad to speak with anyone regarding officiating at special services such as weddings, baptisms or memorial services. Contact the church office for more information.
Calendar of Events
To learn more about upcoming events, please visit our Events page