We drive 100 miles once or twice a week from Indiana to attend this church! Have been members since 2008 and my husband is an outreach ministry leader there - Redeem Team Nursing & Rehab Ministry. This is a daughter church of the world-famous Brooklyn Tabernacle, and Chrissy Cymbala Toledo leads our Chicago Tabernacle Choir which sings in our Sunday services and also for special services at Moody Bible Institute and other areas in the region. We have a first rate nursery and Happy Baby Room, CT Playhouse for children during our Sunday & Tuesday services. The youth has special groups on Sundays as well as small groups (EVOLVE) on Wednesday night and TRANSFORMED a weekly youth bash with band, activities, etc. every Friday night at 7 PM. Young adults (Married & single) have small groups and activities - ADVANCE on facebook. We also have Mom groups, Vitality work out club with Christian-style Zumba activities, regular leadership Bible studies, mens' meetings, and more as the church grows! We have two services on Sundays and come early for the second service (9&11AM) if you want to get a seat in the main auditorium as often it overflows! We also have many outreaches in the community to the needy. The music is INCREDIBLE, the preaching is life-changing -- unlike most churches that are new but are made up of Christians who have switched churches, this church is a mix of seasoned Christians and brand new converts who give their testimonies at our baptismal services usually every few months. I was also healed of a life-threatening incurable illness during the invitation at one of the services -- simply during the invitation they asked those who needed to be healed to stand and an elder annointed their head with oil and those around them prayed for them and I threw away my meds as I no longer needed it! We have had cancer totally disappear as well and verfied by the doctor's -- if you ever want special prayer, contact the church and they will set it up to have you prayed for especially at our Tuesday night prayer meetings. We have been Christians for many years, our last church we belonged to for over 25 years -- but when we discovered the Chicago Tabernacle we havejoined and they have changed our life totally for God, saved our marriage when it went through difficulties, and I thank God for Pastor Al & Chrissy (Cymbala) Toledo and the staff at Chicago Tabernacle!
The Chicago Diner is my new favorite restaurant!! I went yesterday for dinner and i am still not over it! It is pretty busy so I had a 10-15 minute wait, but once I got in it was the most amazing vegetarian place ever! It is very homey, the waitstaff is very nice, and the atmosphere in general is just great. I could smell the yummy vegan baking.MMM. I had the california Reuben and it was so fresh, delicious and warm. I was so impressed. The side salad with sprouts was also super good. My dad loved his karma burger and he is an ardent meat eater. There is definitely something for everyone. If I could, I would live there. No joke. You need to go here if you are visiting Chicago, even if you are a meat eater.
We made the mistake of getting in the Drive-Thru line late one Friday night. We didn't realize that it was a mistake until 10 minutes later when the line had not moved. Unfortunately for us - we were blocked in; With the building on one side and parked cars on the other, a car in front of us and a car in back we had no escape. 45 minutes later as we finally neared the window we commented to the cashier about the long wait - her answer? "We make each order fresh as you get to the window" a reasonable answer in theory, but FORTY-FIVE MINUTES for 3 shakes and 3 hot dogs!!!! Food was good but not worth even half the wait. Shake was a little thin but 50 flavors makes up for that.