Speaking of Scientology …

By Alicia Dorr in News on Sep 26, 2007 6:47PM

scientology.jpgFor those interested in learning more about Scientology off the job, the church is expanding its Chicago presence.

The Church of Scientology is setting up shop at the former Artcraft Building in the South Loop, at 650 S. Clark. When the flagship center opens next summer there will be activities, social services and, presumably, auditing. The building’s previous tenants, ACORN and the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, moved out because the space and crumbling façade needed attention that the previous owners weren’t willing to give. Renovation will now be on John Travolta's tab.

The Church outgrew its space on Lincoln in Lakeview; the new downtown digs will have a sitting room with informational displays on the religion, classrooms and a chapel. It will probably not have Tom Cruise.

Image via scientology-sanfrancisco.org.