Agudas Achim, at 5029 N Kenmore, has been described as the the Last Grand Chicago Synagogue, and it cost a literal fortune to build in 1922. But its wealthy founding families moved on, leaving behind a congregation that was unable to meet the costs of maintaining the building, and it slowly fell into a state of neglect and disrepair. Services haven't been held there in several years, and last month the building was listed for sale.
A reader sent in more than 20 photos taken of the temple during this weekend's Open House Chicago, showing the main worship hall in its glory and decrepitude. It's reminiscent of the Uptown Theater, where artisanship mingles with squalor. Is this the last time we'll get to see this spectacular building before it's repurposed or torn down? Unless a financial angel comes along, very possibly. One thing is sure: we won't see anything like it again.