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“Beautiful Church in the heart of the city” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Holy Name Cathedral

Holy Name Cathedral
735 North State St, Chicago, IL 60611 (Near North Side)
312 787 8040
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Ranked #11 of 305 Attractions in Chicago
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Cultural
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Thunder Bay, Canada
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75 reviews 75 reviews
23 attraction reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Beautiful Church in the heart of the city”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

I heard about this church first because of the rumoured bullet-holes from prohibition era gang activity (which are no longer visible by the way), but when I stepped inside, that didn't matter any more. It is absolutely beautiful! The ceiling is an intricate wooden design and the wood work throughout is gorgeous. It is fantastic to imagine what historical figures once graced the doors but really it's worth a peek inside to learn more about the amazing history of this church. To think that the church has survived fires, and restorations, it's an amazing place. I really feel that the highlight of the visit for me was speaking with the security guard about the church. His knowledge of the building, his passion for the architecture, and the significance of the church in Chicago society really made the visit richer. It was like having my own private tour guide explain to me what to look for before I explored the building further. I really appreciated his insights.

Visited November 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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71 reviews 71 reviews
33 attraction reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Warm, lovely place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I belong to a church in my neighborhood, but I go to mass here a few times a year because it's a lovely place rich in history. Old St. Pat's is nice too.

Visited February 2014
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Chicago
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“Awesome”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

So Beautiful - A must see - A historic landsite - You feel refreshed - Relaxing and very cool - See the Cardinal while you are there

Visited August 2013
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Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Beautiful and they sell Chicago Shares”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Beautiful and peaceful house of God. The parish office sells Chicago Shares which are small tickets which one buys for a dollar a piece and can be given to those less fortunate souls one often sees asking for assistance on the street. Also provided to hand out are locations where the 'shares' can be redeemed for food. An alternative to those wishing to help out their fellow man.
"There but for the grace of God......"

Visited February 2014
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Englewood, Colorado
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Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“You will enjoy visiting this cathedral”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

I attend many churches when I travel. This cathedral is one of the most beautiful I have seen. I enjoy the daily Mass at 12:10. You feel very inspired in this church. There are brochures available detailing all of the church decor and rubrics. It is a short 2 block walk west of the Water Tower.

Visited December 2013
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