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St. John Cantius Church

825 N Carpenter St, Chicago, IL 60642-5499
+1 312-243-7373
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Beautiful service in a beautiful church

If you only had a choice of one Mass to go to during the year, the Christmas Midnight Mass at St... read more

Reviewed 25 December 2017
Chicago, Illinois
quite beautiful

the church is quite gorgeous inside, and it has a dark green top with a clock, which is quite... read more

Reviewed 16 December 2017
United States
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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
825 N Carpenter St, Chicago, IL 60642-5499
+1 312-243-7373
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Reviewed 25 December 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
Reviewed 16 December 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.

Thank ELKW
Reviewed 14 September 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
Reviewed 23 June 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
Reviewed 26 December 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
Reviewed 9 December 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
Reviewed 12 September 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
Reviewed 26 July 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
Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

Great worship space inspiring for Catholic and non Catholic alike. A Chicago landmark not to be missed.

1  Thank nhigdon
Reviewed 24 April 2016

while we were not able to attend mass at St. John Cantius. we did have time to pop in for a brief visit. So many beautiful parts of the church...the facade, the doors, the altar, the side altars, the confessionals, the ceilings, the chandeliers, the...More

1  Thank LoneStarTravelGirl
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Raphael W
28 July 2015|
Response from kSwagJab |
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
1 March 2015|
Response from kSwagJab |
Yes, it is usually open, but it is a good idea to call the office to verify.