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St. John Cantius Church

825 N Carpenter St, Chicago, IL 60642-5499
+1 312-243-7373
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We heard it was the most beautiful church in Chicago and wanted to visit it for awhile. We called... read more

Reviewed March 22, 2018
Betty C
Breathtaking!

This church was so beautiful that it just took my breath away and the mass is incredibly moving and... read more

Reviewed February 24, 2018
polkadotpilgrim
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A diverse Catholic church in the heart of Chicago helping people encounter the Sacred through the sacraments, solemn liturgies, art, music, and culture. View the incredible artwork inside one of Chicago's most stunning churches—voted "Most Beautiful Church in America." After you finish looking up, notice the beautiful floors containing 17 varieties of inlaid hardwood from around the world.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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825 N Carpenter St, Chicago, IL 60642-5499
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Reviewed March 22, 2018

We heard it was the most beautiful church in Chicago and wanted to visit it for awhile. We called ahead last week and were told it was open. We arrived on Monday to find the doors locked. We did wander outside and the lady from...More

1  Thank Betty C
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Reviewed February 24, 2018 via mobile

This church was so beautiful that it just took my breath away and the mass is incredibly moving and reverent!You could be carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders but if you come here,you’ll feel it just fade away.

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Reviewed December 24, 2017

If you only had a choice of one Mass to go to during the year, the Christmas Midnight Mass at St. John Cantius Church should be the one that you pick. The liturgy is just as beautiful as the church. Over the last couple of...More

1  Thank Allen21096
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Reviewed December 16, 2017

the church is quite gorgeous inside, and it has a dark green top with a clock, which is quite special. we visited there during the open house, you can ask the staff there if you have any questions.

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Reviewed September 14, 2017

The church was undergoing some sort of pew renovation, however the altar and organ pipes were beautiful. There is much history to read about here, how ti was established to help the Polish get acclimated to the area. An old traditional architecture found in Poland....More

1  Thank Nicole R
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Reviewed June 22, 2017

When we visited St. John Cantius between Sunday masses, we could hear beautiful sounds seemingly emanating from the very walls, as if the whole church was built of music. It was an ethereal sound. So, I followed my ears down the stairway at the entrance...down...More

4  Thank Jon from Dallas
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Reviewed December 25, 2016

Going to Mass at St. John Cantius, especially the Christmas Midnight Mass, is extraordinary. It is a Latin mass with a full choir. If you ever went to a Catholic Church before Vatican II, this is the way the Mass was. The altar & chancel...More

1  Thank Allen21096
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Reviewed December 9, 2016

The church of St. John Cantius is a lovely early 19th century church built in the baroque style that is commonly found in the churches of Europe. It is one of the architectural jewels of Chicago churches. In addition, the church is home to the...More

3  Thank The_Traveling_Expat
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Reviewed September 12, 2016

This is a church with gorgeous Baroque architecture, and traditional, liturgical stylings to the services. Similar to what you see in European churches. Most of their services are in Latin. There is at least one in English on Sunday though. If you're Catholic, there are...More

4  Thank Mrs T
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Reviewed July 26, 2016

We went to the 12:30 Sunday service. I am a life-long Catholic but had never been to the Extraordinary Form of the Mass (Tridentine High Mass in Latin). Basically, this is how mass was in my parent's day. Most of it was in Latin. Priest...More

1  Thank cindy435
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Raphael W
July 27, 2015|
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There is a lot behind the church, as well as a small lot across the street. Otherwise you have to find street parking. It isn't usually a huge problem. There is a Blue Line subway stop about a block away, and the #66 bus... More
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umcam256
March 1, 2015|
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Yes, it is usually open, but it is a good idea to call the office to verify.
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