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St. John Cantius Church, Chicago

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#19 of 34 in Historic Sites in Chicago
Church · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
St. John Cantius Church (Polish: Parafia Świętego Jana Kantego) is a historic church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago known for its solemn liturgies and rich program of sacred art and music.

Along with such monumental religious edifices as St. Mary of the Angels, St. Hedwig's or St. Wenceslaus, it is one of the many Polish churches that dominate over the Kennedy Expressway.

The unique baroque interior has remained intact for more than a century and is reminiscent of the sumptuous art and architecture of 18th century Kraków. Of all the Polish Cathedral style churches in Chicago, St. John Cantius stands closest to downtown. The imposing 130 feet (40 m) tower is readily seen from the nearby Kennedy Expressway and is a familiar landmark in Chicago's West Town neighborhood, located at 825 North Carpenter Street.

In 2013, St. John's completed an ambitious restoration, returning the interior to its original splendor.

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  • Absolutely gorgeous church in the River West neighborhood of Chicago, and perhaps the finest of the many so-called “Polish Cathedrals” in the city. Chicago calls itself the largest Polish city...  more »
  • This Church is filled with history. It was built by Polish immigrants. The facade of the Church has the emblem of Polish-Lithuanian-Ruthenian Commonwealth (Polish Eagle, Lithuanian Vytis and...  more »
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  • Completely stunning. I am still at total awe and shock and peace a day after attending my first mass at SJC. It is beautiful, amazing chants, very great priests. I highly recommend to anyone who is looking for a warm community and reverent liturgy.
  • What a beautifully-restored Catholic Church! I was there for the "Broken Mary" walk from the church to Water Tower. A great way to honor our Blessed Mother, foster peace, and meet wonderful people. It was a completely peaceful event, and a great witness to the people of Chicago that not all marches through the streets have to be loud, raucous, or angry.

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