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April 2018


April 17 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join one of our groups of 'regulars' whose monthly excursions with Catholic Church Tours over the past three years have brought them to over 60 churches, shrines, basilicas and Cathedrals. We will be traveling this month to visit two places, one featuring the influence of a Spaniard, the famous St. Ignatius of Loyola, and a tour of one of the most loving and longstanding developmental homes for persons with mild to profound developmental disabilities. A filling buffet lunch will be…

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May 2018

Women of Faith

May 12 @ 9:30 am
$20 - $35

Check out three of our top ten stunningly beautiful structures dedicated to women in Chicago. These monumental destinations reflect different characters, different stories, and one vibrant focus. They shape our cityscape, and remain an influence of strength and grace. Meet at: National Shrine of Mother Cabrini, 2550 N. Lakeview, Chicago IL Tickets must be purchased in advance. Transportation is not included. Want to take this tour on another date? Just call! 312-869-2286. Minimum group size 5; maximum size varies.

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Chapel Visit ~ for Mom

May 22 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

May is the perfect month for visiting your mom.  How about inviting her to join us in the exploration of two grand, yet very different chapels that explore the significance of her roll as a mother?  The Madonna della Stradda (Our Lady of the Street) chapel's Art Decco Lake front position contrasts beautifully with chapel at the heart of the Divine Word Missionaries in Techny. Cost, registration, transportation and registration details coming soon.

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June 2018

Walking Tour

June 11 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
$20 - $35

Take a guided walking tour through one of Chicago's true neighborhoods, Bridgeport. The art and architecture of All Saints-Saint Anthony Church will be highlighted, including exterior mosaics, interior murals, and exquisite stained glass panels. We will swing by St Barbara, just before their annual festival, and explore under a another remarkable multi-domed interior space named for a most remarkable woman ... no St Bernard dog will join us, but your guide will share the story about one, a household alligator…

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Tour and a Picnic – Father’s Day Special

June 16 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
$20 - $35

Treat Dad to this enjoyable legacy tour.  We'll begin at a brick church that was cut in half, moved across the street by using the strength of horses, pulleys and American ingenuity. Participants will enjoy learning about such famous feats in construction, founding personalities, and masterful workmanship that are still in use. We will visit three churches. Bring a lunch to enjoy or share in a nearby park afterwards. Dads get a discount (only $25)! Meet at Our Lady of…

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International Sampler

June 19 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This diverse sampling includes.... drum roll.... a Czech church  that features a simple, sturdy prairie style, a magnificent Polish model of the Basilica of "St Paul Outside the Walls'" in Rome,  lunch at an Italian eatery and a German Gothic noted in Ripley's Believe It or Not for being built without a nail.... all in one tour! Come with us! Tickets: $46 Coach transportation to Chicago will be provided from: 4130 147th St, Keeler Ave. Midlothian IL 60445, or meet…

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Ravenswood / Lakeview

June 21 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

This joyful combination of exuberant architecture stretches the imagination to encounter realities just beyond the senses. We will see three beauties built with German precision, Irish intelligence and Polish perseverance. Through tornado, fire and deliberately chosen, yet radical, reconstruction, these churches reflect the resilience of Faith and a Spirit of generosity. Come with us to visit St Alphonsus, Our Lady of Lourdes and St Josaphat. Coach transportation provided from Lake Zurich. Lunch on your own. Call Tami for more info…

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Three Shrines

June 23 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Investigate a powerhouse of personalities. Our three destinations are shrines to outstanding yet contrasting leaders with divergent paths with the same destiny. We will also stop for lunch at a very popular “more-than-you-can eat” Chicago delicatessen established in 1942.  Can you guess our stops? (answers at the bottom): A. The Columbus Hospital chapel-turned National Shrine of a diminutive Italian woman who exercised her claim that she could “do all things through Christ”.  Museum and gift shop also available. B. Situated on…

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July 2018

Ever Ancient, Ever New

July 9 @ 9:00 am

“Ever Ancient/Ever New” is epitomized  in everything at Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Parish - from it's reclaimed prairie land to it's 1999 church interior which reveals millennia of Christian spirituality. Enter an immersive experience of Byzantine Iconography and provide insights into an integrated sacramental-liturgical vision of life itself. We will also encounter the "Little Cathedral on Blue Hill",  and the only country church in the Archdiocese of Chicago - the oldest church building in Illinois. Its incredible history dates back to 1673! …

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The Grit and the Glory

July 14 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
$20 - $35

Certain churches represent heaven, life, light and dark in a way that embraces the otherworldly in a particularly striking manner. Enjoy the special churches featured near the city center that celebrate the common and the uncommon, a bit of Chicago’s grit and an insight into her Glory. Take in an old Gothic and two others. Meet at: St. Michael, 1636 Cleaveland Ave., Chicago Tickets must be purchased in advance. Transportation is not included. Want to take this tour on another date? Just call! 312-869-2286. Minimum group…

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