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Saint John Cantius Church, Chicago

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  • 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 ...  more »
  • 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 churc...  more »
  • 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 a...  more »
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  • An absolutely stunning church! We happened to be in the Goose Island neighborhood for lunch and were near this church. We stopped hoping the doors were unlocked...and they were! The group I was chaperoning filtered inside and made their way around the parish admiring the baroque interior and beautiful architecture. Definitely worth a stop if you're in the area. We were dining at Kendall College and this was a perfect addition to the afternoon.
  • Creepy vibe. The priests and canons walk around mechanically in the church in old-fashioned 19th century garb with their large rosaries jingling, even during Mass - which is intimidating. Shouldn't they be praying with us? Or are they exempt from communal worship? They also sound like a cult of zealous robots when praying devotions or the Liturgy of the hours together. It is frightening and does not seem heartfelt or natural. The same is true during Mass or Confession. It just feels like they are motorized wax statues in a Disney theme ride going through pre-programmed motions. The church itself feels more like a museum than a living worship space, and the worshippers like antiquarians delighted by the artistic novelties rather than the living God in the Eucharist. One word describes it best: creepy.
  • What an amazing church! I've been overseas and visited so many in my life, but my son and I stumbled upon this one by accident one Sunday morning. We were arriving from the airport on our way back home, when we decided to look for a nearby church for morning mass. I've only attended high mass- and never in Chicago- a few times so this was a pretty incredible experience to share with my son. It was very authentic. From the moment you climb the church's front steps, to entering the foyer, you are struck with awe and reverence.There are statues behind iron gates by each door, that you notice right away. The main doors to the cathedral are left closed during service, so parishioners wait and talk in the Lobby. It seems modest and the scripture and paint on the ceiling seems old and worn. A lot of the attendees are European foreigners, who speak in their native tongue. They dress in traditional Sunday church attire, more formal than other parishes I've visited. There is a small but interesting museum like room on the right side which also sells some religious artifacts, cds, and prayer books. When you finally enter the main cathedral however it is remarkably ostentatious compared to its humble foyer. You are overwhelmed by the huge marble columns, statuesque galleries, gold gilded paintings and finished antique woodwork. But what people come here for the most aside from praying is to hear the beautiful choir and it's angelic chants, much like the renown monks in Europe. Definitely a place that is off the beaten track yet a stark contrast to the modern day secular architecture of Chicago's downtown city!
  • If i could rate this church a zero i would...like others on this board i had a completely creepy vibe of this church and especially the priest who didn't even know the future husbands name. Would never go back.
  • Bulit by polish ppl and altar is a copy from polish church in cracow