Fourth Dimension

Fourth Dimension is a friendship group for individuals fifty and over who gather together to explore ideas, socialize, and reinforce their faith in God.

This group typically gathers on the second Friday of each month. Most programs start at 6:00 p.m. with coffee and fellowship; a presentation by a speaker begins at 6:30 p.m. Following the talk, there is a reception with refreshments. All are welcome!

To receive the Fourth Dimension email newsletter, simply send email addresses to Anne Ellis.

Upcoming Events

“Chicago River Bridges”
   Friday, April 10, 2015

   6:00 p.m.
   Presented by author Patrick McBriarty

Patrick McBriarty, author of Chicago River Bridges, will provide a multimedia presentation on Chicago’s bridges and the innovation, design, and major contributions by Chicagoans to moveable bridge technology. The Windy City has long been a center for drawbridge development, making Chicago the “drawbridge capital of the world” and the greatest working drawbridge museum of any city on earth.

To register, contact Anne Ellis (312.573.3369) by Wednesday, April 8.

“Last Is More: Mies, IBM, and the Transformation of Chicago”
   Friday, May 1, 2015

   6:00 p.m. in Borwell Dining Room
   Presented by writer R0bert Sharoff
      and photographer William Zbaren
   (Please note that this is a joint event with Cornerstones
      and is held on the first Friday in May.)

In celebration of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s 129th birthday, join us for a presentation by writer-photographer team Robert Sharoff and William Zbaren about Mies’s Chicago legacy and his final commission, the IBM Building, recently transformed into The Langham Hotel.

This building was built during the decade-long building boom between 1965 and 1975 when Mies’s influence was at its most pervasive and when his students and acolytes produced such enduring landmarks as McCormick Place, Lake Point Tower, and the John Hancock Center.  These buildings continue to dominate the city’s skyline and are at the heart of Chicago’s claim to be the founding city of American modernism.

“Mies spent the last three decades of his life living and working in Chicago and his style eventually came to define the city in much the same way Bernini’s style does Rome,” says Sharoff.

The evening includes appetizers and dinner, and a $25 per-person reservation is required in advance. To register, contact Anne Ellis (312.573.3369) by Wednesday, April 29.

Robert Sharoff and William Zbaren are the creators of the American City Project, which celebrates the historic architecture of the Midwest. Their books include American City: Detroit Architecture 1845-2005 and American City: St. Louis Architecture: Three Centuries of Classic Design. They also report on architecture and real estate for the New York Times and other publications. Their most recent book, Last Is More: Mies, IBM, and the Transformation of Chicago, can be purchased at Images Publishing or at the Chicago Architecture Foundation.


A registration fee for most events is required in advance. To register, contact Anne Ellis (312.573.3369) by the Wednesday prior to each event. Registration will not be available at the door. 

Please write “Fourth Dimension” on the memo line of a check made payable to Fourth Presbyterian Church. Checks can be mailed to the church (126 E. Chestnut Street, Chicago, IL 60611) or left in an envelope with the receptionist at the Chestnut Street entrance. Please be sure to put “Attn: Anne Ellis” on the envelope and let Anne know that you are mailing it or dropping it off so she can be on the lookout for it.  To pay by credit card, contact Anne Ellis at 312.573.3369.

To receive the Fourth Dimension email newsletter or for more information about Fourth Dimension,
contact Anne Ellis (312.573.3369).