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St. John Cantius Roman Catholic Church

Address

825 N. Carpenter St.

Neighborhood

West Town

Hours

Sat, Oct 15: 12pm - 4pm

Sun, Oct 16: 3pm - 5pm

Photography Permitted Wheelchair Accessible

Architect

Adolphus Druiding, 1898

Website

cantius.org

Description

St. John Cantius took five years to build and is one of the best examples of sacred architecture in the city. Its grand Baroque interior has remained intact for more than a century and is known for its opulence, reminiscent of the sumptuous art and architecture of 19th-century Krakow. Its unusual High Altar and the statuary on it can be traced back to the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. Of all the “Polish Cathedral” churches in Chicago, St. John Cantius stands closest to downtown. The imposing 130-foot tower is easy to spot from the nearby Kennedy Expressway. St. John Cantius is particularly well-known for its program of solemn liturgies and devotions, treasures of sacred art and rich music. In 2012, an ambitious restoration returned the interior to its original splendor.

Behind the Scenes

View the incredible artwork inside one of Chicago's most stunning churches - voted "Most Beautiful Church in America" in 2016. After you finish looking up, notice the beautiful floors containing 17 varieties of inlaid hardwood from around the world.