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A new Church of Scientology is coming to Chicago

A new Church of Scientology is coming to Chicago
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The new HBO documentary Going Clear has put Scientology at the center of the national conversation. The church is huge in Los Angeles, and the notion of the religion being active in Chicago seems alien (pun intended) to most locals. 

There is already a Scientology church here, a rundown location in Lakeview with the sign "Hubbard Dianetics Foundation." The church is also in the process of opening another, grander location in Printers Row at 650 S Clark St. The city filed a $2,000 housing complaint against the owners of the location in 2013, which is still making its way through the system. The church is being represented in the matter by local law firm Pedersen & Houpt.

According to the religion's website, the church has acquired dozens of new properties that are projected to open this year, and will "stand as the embodiment of the technology of L. Ron Hubbard, designed to provide the full services of Scientology to its parishioners and to the community." 

Scientology's expansion into Chicago is not surprising given that other major cities like New York and London already have Scientology churches. Either way, it's disappointing to see Printers Row, an area that was once the center of publishing in Chicago, turned into an area filled with E-meters, "audits" and Tom Cruise aficionados. 

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Comments

5 comments
Dan W

Clayton Guse is a religious bigot and a wog! Would he DARE write these slanted things about Jew, Christians, or Muslims? I think not. I'm quite sure that SP like him has a few secrets that in all due TIME will come OUT. We shall keep and eye on 405.

Thomas M

What a stupid article! I suppose Clayton Guse (is that your real name? Seriously?) fancies himself a real “journalist.” This article isn’t journalism, its muckracking by a hack. The last paragraph is the telling point in this biased piece of hatred. Put your diaper on Clayton, and stop messing yourself in public.

Rick M

Every year since 2007, they've announced that they're going to open the Printers Row location Real Soon Now. Don't hold your breath!

Marion D

I had the unfortunate displeasure to accompany a friend to an event in that ramshackle "church" they have in Lakeview. All I could think of was that the "fastest growing religion on the planet" hadn't made much progress in Chicago in the last 50 years. They had a hard time putting 100 people in a room and that was with a free buffet supper! Chicagoans know a serious scam when they see it. I have no doubt that once the grand opening hoopla is over for the new location, it will be business as usual with a building empty except for staff and the occasional passerby roped in for a personality test.