Willow Creek Community Church Auditorium

South Barrington, Illinois

As the third-largest church in the United States, Willow Creek Community Church needed to expand its space to accommodate its massive congregation. Building on a long-time relationship with the church, Pepper constructed a three-level, 7,400-seat auditorium wrapped in a 2,800-square-foot glass clear-story window. The stage features a 90’ x 54’ proscenium opening, making it the largest facility of its kind in the United States. Included in the project is a full-feature backstage performance area and orchestra pit with rehearsal rooms and A/V equipment, as well as a basement level with flexible space for children’s ministry two 6,000-square-foot rooms and 25 programming rooms for infants and toddlers. The massive auditorium ensures the church will have a place where all of its congregants can gather for years to come. 

Owner: Willow Creek Community Church
Architect: Goss Pasma Blomquist Architects