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Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago

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The seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, Holy Name Cathedral is the center of Catholic faith in the city and a wonderful example of Gothic revival architecture. The cathedral was built in 1874 in place of the Cathedral of Saint Mary and the Church of the Holy Name, which were destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire. From the bronze front door depicting the Tree of Life to the detailed bas-relief of Old Testament scenes on the altar, the cathedral is adorned with numerous works of art. Emphasizing the importance music in its liturgical celebrations, the cathedral features organs playing during the daily mass, as well as other events. If you're interested in mob history, you can see bullet marks on the building from the 1926 assassination of Hymie Weiss, one of Chicago's heavy hitters from the Prohibition era. Check online for the full schedule of masses. Work out when and for how long to visit Holy Name Cathedral and other Chicago attractions using our handy Chicago itinerary maker.
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  • We enjoy attending mass when we are traveling and this was a very welcoming beautiful parish to worship at. It was within walking distance of our hotel. The pipe organ was very enjoyable. The architec...  more »
  • The cathedral is just a few steps around the corner from the CTA Red Line stop. It is not overpowering in size outside or inside. It is a friendly-sized church that gives you an intimate feeling while...  more »
  • God is here. god is good and I can feel his/her presence. dont be shy get the wine music can heal and sing  more »
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  • There are five masses a day during the week, weekly vigil services, and several Sunday services. The sanctuary is open all day for anyone to go in to pray or to simply sit quietly. It's a very solemn, reverent, peaceful atmosphere, which provides a comforting alternative to the hustle and bustle outside.
  • Just a short walk off of The Magnificent Mile. The detour is worth it for the impressive ceiling wooden.
  • It is a. Beautiful place to pray and have peace with God . You can not help being calm and with Christ
  • I was in town for the 2016 Chicago Marathon and needed to attend mass, so I went to the 5:15PM Saturday vigil mass since Sunday morning would not be an option. I was not expecting anything special at the mass, as when I attended other masses the night before other marathons that I have run, nothing special occurred and nothing at all was mentioned about the races. To my surprise and delight, the priest welcomed all of the marathon runners to Chicago and even invited us to come up on the altar after the homily for a special blessing, and then they gave us a very nice blessed wrist band with a bible verse to wear during the race, which is exactly what I did. I was shocked at the number of marathoners at the mass who stepped up for the blessing. The homily was also very good, which intertwined religion with the race. The celebrating priest noted that we would pass through 29 neighborhoods and pass through the hospital district, and the patients would likely be looking at us from the hospital windows wishing they could give anything to trade places with us...I never thought of it that way, which gave me something to think about both during the mass and while running the race. After the mass, the Rector, who concelebrated the mass, greeted everybody individually, and was very friendly. There was also another concelebrating priest who planned to run the race as well. There was also a spaghetti dinner fundraiser right after the mass. Overall, Holy Name Cathedral made my visit to Chicago for the marathon very special and memorable. The location is also very convenient, as it is just across street from the Chicago train station on the red line. I highly recommend Holy Name Cathdral, and will definitely return the next time I come to Chicago. ============= Hebrews 12:1-2.
  • Just moved to Chicago and made this my new Parish. Love it, and it's community. The priests are awesome and their homilies so well thought trough. Great choir too.

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