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St. John Cantius Church

825 N Carpenter St, Chicago, IL 60642-5499
+1 312-243-7373
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The history is worth the trip off the path - by Nicole Rovig

The church was undergoing some sort of pew renovation, however the altar and organ pipes were... read more

Reviewed 14 September 2017
Nicole R
East Lansing, Michigan
Glorious Music

When we visited St. John Cantius between Sunday masses, we could hear beautiful sounds seemingly... read more

Reviewed 23 June 2017
Jon from Dallas
Dallas, Texas
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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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“midnight mass” (2 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
825 N Carpenter St, Chicago, IL 60642-5499
+1 312-243-7373
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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 27 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
Reviewed 12 March 2016

There is so much history there, and the Mass was very traditional. (I attended the English Mass, but the church also does a Latin Mass several times a week.) I love everything about this parish from the Gothic pulpit to the stained glass to the...More

1  Thank underwater337
Reviewed 5 January 2016

Amazing. Beautiful. Holy inspiration through "Sacred Restoration." A church restored to it's full early 20th century Glory. Went to morning Mass, " the ordinary form done properly" and evening Vespers. The Canon's Latin Chant during evening prayer was extraordinary. Ave Maria!

2  Thank Sadoll6360
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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.