Triple Rock Baptist Church
3235 E. 91st, Chicago


P
ictured here is the Pilgrim Baptist Church, deep into the Southeast Side neighborhood known as South Chicago. Neighborhood folks who have been around long enough lovingly refer to it by its movie name, The Triple Rock. Exterior shots of the church were used in the movie but interior scenes were created on a Universal Studios movie set.

As the story goes, Jake and Elwood were divinely inspired to re-form the band to earn the tax money for the orphanage at St. Helen of the Blessed Shroud. So moved is he that Jake somersaults down the main aisle.

UPDATE: An extremely damaging fire tore through this 90-year-old church on Sep. 13. The church building suffered extensive damage from fire, smoke and water but it still stands. The congregation had labored during recent years to renovate much of the structure including the building’s large stained-glass windows. Many of the same windows were damaged during firefighting attempts.

I've included an updated picture here taken from the same vantage point as the original above in order to show the church before and after the fire. From outward appearances, one might assume the damage isn't that great except for a few boarded up windows, but it's worse than it looks. Unfortunately with fire, also comes the ancillary cleanup of  smoke-tarnished and water-logged items.

Congregants plan to rebuild but the task will not be easy, news reports say. If you’re interested in chipping in, the church welcomes your contributions – they can be made to the Pilgrim Baptist Church of South Chicago Fire Relief Fund, c/o Charter One Bank, 9200 S. Commercial Avenue, Chicago, Illinois  60617.

Getting there: Continue heading south on South Lake Shore Drive following signs for US 41. Turn right or west on 91st Street and then go over two blocks. The church will be there on the left.