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Spiritual Center & Architectural Masterpiece in the Heart of Lincoln Park

Historically, this site was home to Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, a missionary woman religious who helped shape America's social and health care system in the early twentieth century. Mother Cabrini lived,worked and died in Chicago, having established 67 institutions of care around the world. We believe there are not many places where a saint once actually lived, worked and died. The corner of Lakeview and St. James Place is a sacred space and holy ground since Mother Cabrini once walked on these streets tending to the physical and spiritual needs of many. The Shrine’s spiritual and pastoral ministry, along with its’ landmark presence, continues the legacy that began on this holy ground over 100 years ago.

Spiritually, it is the only National Shrine dedicated to the first American Citizen Saint and the Patron of Immigrants and Heath Care Workers in the Catholic Church. Visitors come from around the world to visit this spiritual center.

Architecturally, the Shrine's Chapel is the masterpiece of world-renowned architect, Leonard Gliatto, who felt that this was his crowning achievement in America. The Chapel is a celebration of Carerra marble, Florentine stained glass windows, gold mosaics, colorful frescoes and Romanesque splendor. 

All are welcome to visit the Chapel, meditation garden, exhibit, and gift shop, take a self-guided tour or schedule a docent-led group tour. You may also attend Mass or any of our other services and events. 

 


Frequently Asked Questions


When you visit
Visiting a new church can be intimidating: What should I wear? Where do I park? Where do my kids go? We understand the many thoughts that can come from visiting a new church, so we want you to feel completely comfortable when you visit. Below are some frequently asked questions. If you have any additional questions, don't hesitate to contact us or talk with an usher when you visit.

When are services?
HoursMonday: Closed | Tuesday-Friday: 10am - 3pm | Saturday: 9am - 5pm | Sunday: 9am - 3pm
Reconciliation: Sat: 3 pm 3 3:45 pm
Mass: Sat: 4 pm | Sunday: 10 am
Eucharistic Adoration: Fri: 1 pm - 3 pm
Prayer Group: Tue: 10:30 am - 11:15 am

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