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October 2017

Beauty and the Restoration of the Sacred

October 29 @ 12:30 am
CAG Conference

Register now for an unrepeatable conference, “Beauty and the Restoration of the Sacred”,with leading philosophers and artists. Join English philosopher Sir Roger Scruton, well-known for his BBC documentary Why Beauty Matters, as well as architect Duncan Stroik, classical artist Anthony Visco, and art historian and educator Denis McNamara. The ground-breaking conference opens with a Solemn High Mass featuring Renaissance choral music in the baroque splendor of Chicago’s historic St. John Cantius Church. Conference presentations and discussions will take place at The Drake…

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November 2017

Afternoon Tour

November 2 @ 1:45 am
altar rail

This afternoon tour pulls from a selection of four outstanding churches.  We will begin at St Ita, a fine Irish edifice that delights the eye in all seasons - the architect of which is famous for crafting 600 churches in his lifetime! Your guided visit will also include two others to end on a high note, St John Cantius' chanted evening prayer. Transportation on your own. Meet at St Ita: 1220 Catalpa St, Chicago IL

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November 11 @ 8:00 am

Arlington Heights Youth will be exploring the best of Chicago with a visit of three extraordinary, foundational churches. Limited very little by time, they will taking a take a trip to the Italy, Germany and Poland beautifully rooted in our great city. Meet at: St James, 820 N. Arlington Heights Rd, Arlington Heights IL Contact Rebecca for details: 224-345-7200

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Hallowed Ground

November 11 @ 9:30 am
Never Forget

Famous architectural landmarks, Holy Souls and peaceful resting grounds are the subject of this November tour.  Queen of All Saints cemetery is beautifully landscaped, historically and artistically rich, including a Neo-Gothic Revival mausoleum colorfully appointed in  mosaic, metal work, stone and wood carvings and tile. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Transportation is not included.  Ticket Sales now Closed. Want to take this tour on another date? Just call! 312-869-2286. Minimum group size 5; maximum size varies.

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November 14 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

A real mix of custom, culture and creativity, our Mixer includes a superb exploration of some truly moving and diverse churches.

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St Nicholas

November 17 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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This special St Nicholas Tour is perfect for the holiday season. Join us visiting Ukrainian Village and the Cathedral named for Santa Claus.

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November 25 @ 9:00 am
sma pilgrims

Visit some of the highlights of Chicago, the earliest churches that have remained faithful to their mission and harmoniously graceful in their service and beauty. We will start at St Joseph, a lovely little Gothic,  and end at one of the largest churches in the city, a Roman Renaissance revival church. Tour now CLOSED! Want to take this tour on another date? Call us to find out how! 312-869-2286

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All in One

November 30 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

We will be blending cultures and enjoying contrasts as three churches and five ethnicities will be featured all in one tour.  We will begin at a church Burnham & Root built for the Irish in  1888. St Gabriel has anchored Canaryville for generations, through thick and thin. Croatian Franciscans will host us at their galleried church. We will eat at famous Italian restaurant established in 1946 and finish with a tour of a lovely, lively, working class edifice just Back of…

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December 2017
$20 - $35

Pilsen before the Feast

December 2 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join us just before the festivities take off in Pilsen! Three churches in the neighborhood, with distinctly different ethnic roots have their own stories and remarkably different architecture. Each, however, are unified in their celebrations on December 12. Special altars will be decked - not for Christmas yet - but for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  Come learn of the origins of the churches, as well as the customs and traditions surrounding December 12.

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$20 - $35

Downtown Sacred Spaces

December 16 @ 9:30 am
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Get in the spirit of Christmas with a tour of these churches. These prominent churches are a fabulous study of art, culture and light. Elemental in designing the down-town in civic and spiritual ways, character of all sorts, including the first US citizen canonized saint prayed, worked, and built here. They include a pre-civil war church, a chapel modeled from King St. Louis of France’s own, and the seat of the Roman Catholic Church in Chicago. Relish the sacred spaces’…

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