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If you want a deep-dish pizza, a remarkable hot dog or world-class Polish cuisine, everybody knows Chicago is the place to go.

It’s the city of the Willis Tower (Sears Tower) and the Chicago Cubs. It’s Chinatown, Lake Michigan and Soldier Field all wrapped up into one. And—like most big cities—it is striking poverty and multimillion dollar homes.

As the third largest city in the United States, Chicago has just about everything you could imagine—everything but a ready access to the gospel. With less than 10 percent of the population being affiliated with an evangelical church, the city desperately needs a stronger evangelical presence.

It’s time for a fresh wind in the Windy City.

Through Send North America: Chicago, God is mobilizing Southern Baptists to penetrate the diverse city’s immense lostness. For Southern Baptists looking to become involved in church planting in one of the toughest of North American cities, there are many options.

Southern Baptists in the Chicago metro area are focusing their efforts on three areas—the city of Chicago, the suburbs and non-English speakers. Chicago Southern Baptists believe that reaching these cross-sections of the Chicago metro area can have far-reaching national and international impact as new churches are planted, new believers are discipled and missionaries are deployed. Neighborhoods will be transformed. Industries will be touched. Generations will be changed.

But they can’t do it alone. With only 256 Southern Baptist churches and more than 8 million people, Southern Baptists throughout North America will be needed to help complete the task.

Those interested in partnering to reach Chicago for Christ can begin by visiting and clicking "Send Me."

Fast Facts


Population in Chicago

8.8 million people live in the metro Chicago area.


SBC Church-Population Ratio

There is one Southern Baptist Convention church for every 34,348 metro Chicago residents.

Ethnic Diversity

73.1% White
17.4% African American
7% Asian & Pacific Islander
1.8% Two or More Races
0.7% Native American
Hispanic Population (all ethnicities): 22.2%