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Address: 3121 West Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60612
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The Church of my youth

I attended Our Lady of Sorrows elementary school from the second grade through eighth grade graduation. Every school day prior to the commencement of classes we would attend Mass... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 December 2016
Patrick P
Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

I attended Our Lady of Sorrows elementary school from the second grade through eighth grade graduation. Every school day prior to the commencement of classes we would attend Mass at OLS. As a child I would stare up at the magnificent art work on the ceiling , counting the tiles as if counting sheep, somewhat bored , somewhat awed. As... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016

I came here on Saturday, April 30th, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of this church's elevation to the title of Basilica by Pope Pius XII. As soon as I entered, I though I was in Italy! Believe me, I own and operate a Catholic Pilgrimage apostolate! Visiting grand and historical churches and shrines is a great part of my business!... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

The architects of this spectacular building, inside and out, were Henry Engelbert, John F. Pope and WiIliam J. Brinkman. It was built 1890-1902. On January 8, 1956, the church received the honorific title of Minor Basilica from Pope Pius XII who in his Apostolic Proclamation declared it the "foremost Church in America and most important Church in populous Chicago teeming... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2015

I was in wowed. This Church is a must see. The stations around the church are stunning. They have pamphlets around the church. I picked up one. It was a Novena, among other literature that they have set out. The Pieta Chapel has a prayer room where you can sit and pray. It use to be the former Baptistery. The... More 

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Downers Grove, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2014

First saw the Basilica during Open House Chicago in October. Came back for a 1 1/2 hour tour given by Father Frank for our group of 8. He did an outstanding job incorporating Chicago history, Catholic history and the church history into an understandable, interesting story. This church is as impressive as any in Europe. Garfield Park Conservatory is less... More 

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Bentonville, Arkansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2013

Must visit if you like Architecture and historical buildings. We didnt take tour. But spent at least half an hour, beautiful Basilica.

5 Thank PeeyushBhalla
Vacaville, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2013

My friends and I attended a morning mass here and was blessed to get a tour of the basilica given by the rector after the mass. We were treated with historic information about the church with the "private tour" of the basilica. The priest was very warm and accommodating!

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2012

We attended a Christmas Concert, but received a trip back to Europe. The Church is a special place for all to sit and reflect about the mixture of art and faith. Pay close attention to the side chapels.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2012 via mobile

Unbelievable architecture!! Don't miss it if you enjoy historic buildings! Mass was beautiful but they also offer tours.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2012

During its heyday, this church was really popular, which is why it was elevated to basilica status. Today, it seems like it is less well known and visited. The artwork is beautiful: the Carrara marble altar, the murals, the Volto Santo replica, the tilework on the ceiling, and the balconies near the apse. Despite being in a lower income neighborhood,... More 

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