Illinois Chicago Mission

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Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower)

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The Church

In 2011 there were reported 55,750 members in Illinois. This base number is great for estimating the current membership in Illinois, as it has only grown from there. There is one temple in the Illinois, Chicago mission. This temple is located in Glenview, Illinois and was dedicated August 9th 1985 by President Gordon B. Hinckley.


Chicago Deep Dish Pizza

Chicago is renowned for its deep dish pizza.

Since you are serving in America, you will get your typical American food like pizza and waffles.  If you are a Spanish speaking missionary; however, you will get an array of mexican food.



Wrigley Field

Wrigley Field, home to the Chicago Cubs baseball team since 1916

Essential Equipment

Bring a good raincoat for the spring time. You’ll want a lightweight coat that will not make you hot. Make sure it is long and covers you because the rain comes down hard and fast. The summers get extremely hot and humid so consider bringing a handkerchief.

Flag of Illinois Chicago Mission


United States
President Paul S. Woodbury

800 Waukegan Rd Ste 203
Glenview IL 60025
United States

Illinois has a population of 12.88 million people.
Roman Catholicism, and various Protestant denominations with a growing population of Hindus and Muslims.
Winters are extremely cold and summer humidity is high.


Straight from the Illinois Chicago Mission:

*What items were hard to get or not available?

*What did you eat the most of?
“Mexican food. Waffles.”

*What is the craziest thing you ate?

*What was most surprising about the culture?
“A lot of the Mexican investigators were afraid to go visit the church when they found out that it was in a “black” part of town.”

*What advice would you give to someone going to the Illinois Chicago Mission?
“Work hard. Look for small miracles. Don’t make the number of baptisms you see determine the “success” of your mission. That will only disappoint you. Don’t be a “know it all”. Remember, not everyone is ready to hear the gospel now. Be nice to everyone so that when they are ready they will remember that missionaries are nice to everyone, not rude and condescending.”

*What do you wish you had known before you served?
“It is really hot and humid in the summer. The elders are told to bring handkerchiefs, but I don’t think they told the sisters that. Bring a bunch to wipe your face and neck when you are sweating. You will feel like you are melting. Be sure you have a good lightweight rain coat. Not a short one. When it rains it comes down hard and fast. You need something to keep you dry, but not too hot.”

*Other comments?
“Show the members that they can trust you with their friends. Everyone knows people they would like to share the gospel with, but they are not going to entrust them to missionaries that they consider to be less than trustworthy. The members in the Chicago area are really amazing. Show them that you love them and they will love you too.”

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