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A Glorious Sacred Space

St. John Cantius is a church that blew me away. Built in the 19th century and impeccably... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jinan, China
The place to be for a Latin mass

I am a Catholic priest who has an interest in learning to celebrate the Latin Mass. St John... read more

Reviewed 18 September 2018
Lincoln D
Pearl, Mississippi
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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...more
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825 N Carpenter St, Chicago, IL 60642-5499
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

St. John Cantius is a church that blew me away. Built in the 19th century and impeccably maintained, the golden altar and majestic art are stunning. I attended one of the 4 Latin masses since I'd heard about them, but never attended one. A few...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 18 September 2018

I am a Catholic priest who has an interest in learning to celebrate the Latin Mass. St John Cantius is one of the spiritual centers of the Latin Mass here in the United States. Located just off of Chicago Avenue not far from the heart...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Lincoln D
Reviewed 23 March 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

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Betty C
Reviewed 24 February 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.

Date of experience: October 2017
2  Thank polkadotpilgrim
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

Date of experience: December 2017
2  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.

Date of experience: October 2017
1  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

Date of experience: July 2017
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

Date of experience: May 2017
4  Thank JonfromDallas
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

Date of experience: December 2016
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

Date of experience: November 2016
4  Thank The_Traveling_Expat
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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
2 March 2015|
Response from kSwagJab |
Yes, it is usually open, but it is a good idea to call the office to verify.