|Location||North America - Midwest|
|Language||English 64% Spanish 23% other 13%|
|Religion||Predominantly Christian; Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism, and the Bahá'í, among others also present|
|Climate||Humid Continental (4 distinct seasons)|
|Population||2.7 million (approximately 9.8 million in metropolitan area)|
|Ethnic Groups||45% White (31.7% non-Hispanic White), 32.9% African American or Black, 13.4% Other Race, 5.5% Asian, 2.7% from two or more races, 0.5% American Indian|
|Motto||"Urbs in Horto" (City in a Garden)|
|35+ Hours of Ministry:|
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|Participation in Local Church Services:|
|Sleeping Accommodations:||Floor-sleeping lodging in a secure church or school in the area||Hotel accommodations|
|Meals:||Most meals provided, local restaurant experience||Most meals provided, local restaurant experience|
|Recreation:||Recreational or local cultural experience||Recreational or local cultural experience|
Prior to the trip, you will receive a group leader manual, which includes fundraising ideas, online trip handbooks and resources for participants, promotional materials, group t-shirts, and unlimited pre-trip consultations with your trip leader.
Once in Chicago, you will receive three meals a day, sleeping accommodations, customizable ministry options, an opportunity to attend local church services, evening worship, prayer, debriefing meetings, and a local sightseeing or recreation activity.
Airfare/ground transportation throughout the trip, spending money, offering at church services, construction and/or ministry materials, personal insurance, two dinners ($10-$15 each), and optional recreation.
English and Spanish are the main two languages you will hear when about the city in Chicago.
Yes. We take extra precautions and lay down strict ground rules to ensure safety. Crime occurs in Chicago just like everywhere else, but we have never had a PPM team experience a major incident of crime. Our genuine partnership with pastors and other community leaders in Chicago ensures there is always someone looking out for the well being of our teams.
There are no insects in Chicago that you wouldn't also find in most places within the US. There is a small concern for different types of snakes, but most stay out of urban areas.
On PPM USA trips, each group is responsible for their own transportation. You may either drive your church vehicles or rent from the airport.
There are two main airports in Chicago - Ordway (ORD) and Midway (MDW). The best airport to book flights into will depend on the exact location of the trip, so your PPM trip consultant will help you choose.
Praying Pelican Missions will provide safe food to eat and safe water to drink. In places where plumbing is suspect, PPM will provide purified water to drink.
Yes. There will be a time set aside to buy souvenirs if so desired.
Since we work with international communities even while in the U.S., we strive to provide meals that reflect the heritage of those groups.
Please see our general FAQ page for answers to questions not specific to Chicago
The third largest city in the United States, Chicago is an international hub for finance, industry, telecommunications and infrastructure. The city is truly multicultural, with 77 distinct community areas subdivided into over 200 neighborhoods surrounded by an ever growing area that is emerging as the Great Lakes Megalopolis, one of ten such "mega-regions" of the U.S. where half of the projected growth over the next four decades is expected to occur.
Chicago has a well-rounded weather arsenal, experiencing hot summers and cold winters flanked by mild autumns and springs. True to the climate, Ralph Kiner is credited with saying, "You know what they say about Chicago: if you don't like the weather, wait fifteen minutes."
As far as safety goes, taking common sense precautions is key in prevention of any unfortunate happenings. Your PPM trip leading staff will be with you throughout the entirety of your trip and are well-prepared for any concerning situations.
A city with a well-balanced economy, Chicago's main industries include manufacturing, printing and publishing, finance and insurance, and food processing.
Chicago is home to several regional culinary delights, such as Chicago-style deep dish pizza, the Chicago-style hot dog, the Italian Beef sandwich, chicken Vesuvio, Puerto Rican-inspired jibarito, tamale with chile, and Greek saganaki.
Much fun and entertainment is to be had in Chicago, from sporting events to live shows, museums to cultural centers and water to busy and beautiful parks scattered throughout the area. Many of the main attractions are located near the downtown area and waterfront, including Navy Pier, the Magnificent Mile, Grant Park, Museum Campus Chicago and a slew of theaters, restaurants and shops.
In the mid-18th century, this area was inhabited by a Native American tribe known as the Pottawatomie. Jean Baptiste Point du Sable was the first recorded non-indigenous settler in the 1780s, and following the Northwest Indian War of 1975, part of the area to become what is now Chicago became part of the U.S. as a military post. On August 12, 1833, the Town of Chicago was organized with an initial population of 200, which quickly grew to 4,000 by 1840. The city emerged as a key transportation hub due to the Chicago Portage and in 1848, both the Illinois and Michigan Canal and Chicago's first railway opened, contributing to a continual burgeoning of the area's economic and population growth that culminated in Chicago cementing its place as a world-class city throughout the 20th century into the 21st.
Christianity is the predominant religion, which is historically evident in the wealth of sacred architecture and institutions in the city, but adherents of Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism, and the Bahá'í faith, among others, have a visible presence.