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Directions and Parking Information


Holy Name Cathedral Directions
North State St. at Superior St. (735 N. State)

Holy Name Cathedral is located on the northeast corner of State and Superior streets, about one-half block south of Chicago Avenue, a major traffic artery. The Cathedral is three blocks west of Michigan Avenue, and an easy walk from the historic Water Tower.

Parking: We do not have any available free parking on weekdays. On Saturdays, starting at 12noon, we have free parking until 7:00pm and all day on Sunday. This parking lot is located at 20 W. Chicago Avenue, courtesy of Loyola University.

Reaching Holy Name Cathedral by public transportation
The No. 36 Broadway CTA bus stops at Chicago and State, just a half block from the Cathedral’s front doors.

Visitors taking any of the Michigan Avenue buses – such as the 151, 147, 146 and others – should get off the bus at Chicago Avenue and walk west to State Street. At State, turn left and you’ll be only steps away from the Cathedral’s front doors.

Visitors using Chicago’s subway system should take the Red Line/Howard train and exit at Chicago and State. If possible, take the stairwell marked “southeast corner” when leaving the station. Whatever exit you use at Chicago & State, once you reach street-level, the Cathedral will be in sight.

Parking lot options for weekends and weeknights

All drivers should use the Loyola University Self-Park Lot, located at 20 W. Chicago Avenue on the north side of the street between State and Dearborn. There is a Security team onsite and no ticket validation is required. We ask that everyone respect a 2-hour maximum parking period so that we have adequate room for the next Mass. If for some reason, the Loyola Lot is full, the Security team will provide directions to alternative lots.

Weeknight parking is available for Cathedral-sponsored and Archdiocesan-sponsored events only. If you are attending one of these types of events, you will receive parking instructions when you register for the event.

For all other events (e.g. weddings, funerals, graduations) taking place at the Cathedral, we recommend using SPOTHERO or PARKING.COM on your phone or computer to find nearby parking. There is also street parking on many of the streets near the Cathedral.  

Dear People of God,

As we leave our Christmas celebration of the birth of Jesus and beautiful holidays with family and friends behind, we turn to the new year ahead. Our many ministries and Staff are busy creating an exciting mix of spiritual, service, and social programs for this year to support your journey as a Disciple of Christ.

One significant change for 2019 will be a new parking plan for the Cathedral. As you know, the current parking lot will become the construction site of One Chicago Square (OCS). The complex will bring a new mix of residential units, grocery and other retail stores, restaurant and banquet facilities, as well as a cutting-edge fitness center. Go to Live One Chicago Square to read more about the OCS complex and amenities.

Holy Name Cathedral’s new permanent parking lot will reside on the first two lower floors in a secure and weather-protected parking area, expanding our spaces by 18% from 190 to 225 spaces. And the good news is we will not have to wait for the full completion of the construction to move into our new permanent parking lot.

The Archdiocese expects construction to start on Thursday, March 7, the day after Ash Wednesday. We will advise you of any changes. Bookmark this webpage for the latest details about Interim Parking during construction of the OCS complex.

As you can imagine, a construction project of this magnitude is going to take time. So that leaves the obvious question – where do we park while the construction of the new complex, including our new parking lot, is underway?

The interim parking plan will offer a variety of options utilizing two nearby public parking lots on Superior/State Streets and Huron Street between Wabash and State as well as weekend parking at the Loyola University lot on Chicago Avenue between State and Dearborn. Loyola University has been a good neighbor and friend to Holy Name Cathedral over the years and making these parking spaces available to us for the duration of the construction is another sign of their support.

Change is hard. The blessings of decades of free, convenient parking is truly a rare commodity in the city. The good news is you will enjoy free, 2-hour validated parking while attending weekend Mass, your ministries, and our many programs at the Cathedral at the local lots above. The Archdiocese of Chicago is finalizing the complete interim parking plan in coordination with our team at the Cathedral. We will communicate the detailed logistics of parking and validation as soon as they are ready.

I truly appreciate your patience and cooperation over the coming months as we adjust to our temporary situation during construction of OCS. Our team will keep you updated as we move through the early weeks of the construction project and as key milestones are achieved. Be sure to follow Holy Name Cathedral on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to get the latest news on Cathedral parking.

Please pray for this project as it gets underway and we move to our interim parking plan.