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Catholic Shrines & Places of Interest in Chicago, Illinois


One of the largest cities in the U.S., Chicago has many shrines and places of interest for Catholics. The Diocese of Chicago was established in 1880. The first archbishop to be elevated to cardinal was George Mundelein in 1924. In 2014, the late Cardinal Francis George stepped down and Blase Cupich was appointed his successor on Nov. 18, 2014.


Some of the notable Catholic sites in Chicago, Illinois:

Assumption Catholic Church & Saint Peregrine Cancer Shrine: contains a relic of St. Peregrine

National Shrine and Basilica of Our Lady of Sorrows: full-size replica of Michelangelo’s “Pieta

National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier CabriniHer room here is preserved as a shrine

Saint Hyacinth Basilica: contains over 100 relics, including St. John Paul II

Saint John Cantius Church beautiful artwork and Latin Mass

Saint Mary of the Angels Church:  traditional architecture and beautiful artwork.

Saint Stanislaus Parish & Shrine of Divine Mercy: official Diocesan shrine…has perpetual adoration

Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii:  contains a relic of Blessed Bartolo Longofrom Pompeii

Shrine of Christ the King Sovereign PriestLatin Mass daily

Plus…two shrines to Saint Jude in Chicago:

Dominican Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus: shrine to the Saint of the impossible

National Shrine of Saint Jude a second shrine to Saint Jude in Chicago


And some Catholic sites close to Chicago:

Cicero, Illinois:  Our Lady of the Mount Church (relics of the Mexican Martyrs of the Cristero War)

Des Plaines, Illinois: Our Lady of Gudalupe Shrine (close to O’Hare airport)  daily Masses and special programs

Darien: Shrine of Saint Therese: largest collection of the relics of Saint Therese outside of Lisieux, France

Libertyville:  National Shrine of Saint Maximillian Kolbe

Volo: Saint Peters Church….traditional Catholic Church staffed by Canons Regular of St John Cantius


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