Around 1920 a pharmacist bought a drugstore on the south side of Chicago. Soon, he was bored with his job and began to dream how he could make it more exciting. It was during a time when people were just beginning to call in their orders using a telephone, so this man decided to challenge himself to make his job more interesting. He decided to see how quickly he could deliver a telephone order. When someone called in, he repeated the order aloud, including the name and address. As he spoke with the caller, his assistant filled the order and a driver left immediately to deliver it. The druggist kept the customer on the phone chatting until the order arrived at the caller’s home.
Most of the customers lived nearby, of course, but this kind of prompt service was revolutionary, and word soon spread. It became the busiest pharmacy in Chicago. He bought other stores and added new ideas like a soda fountain. Within a few years, he had a chain of stores. Can you guess his name? He was Charles Walgreen. Today, there are over 8,000 Walgreens because of a man who decided to go the second mile.
Charles Walgreen did this because he was a follower of Jesus Christ. He and his family attended First Methodist Church in downtown Chicago. When it was built in 1924, First Methodist was the tallest building in Chicago. Soaring 400 feet above the ground, there’s a sky chapel built into the base of the steeple. It was built with money given by the family of Charles Walgreen.