- Mission & Outreach
St james and the Arts
Concerts in the Cathedral are an expression of the talents, the resources and the passions of the people of St James Cathedral and the wider community. It is an offering to the people of our city and beyond. The Cathedral serves the city by opening our doors and inviting others to share these gifts, and you enrich our lives by your presence among us. Most importantly, we welcome all who come through our doors – our neighbors, our congregation, and our world travelers. We invite you to join us, to share these lovely interludes, to be touched by a Spirit that moves through the music and the company shared in this holy space. We hope that you will find your lives enriched, your imaginations opened, your spirits deepened in these encounters with beauty, great music and extraordinary musicians.
Music in the Neighborhood
Music in the Neighborhood, in the Gallery and on the Plaza, is presented every Thursday during the summer as a gift to our neighbors, friends and members. A free concert with refreshments features jazz, folk, world, and cabaret music from Chicago artists. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for a concert from 5:45 - 6:30 p.m.
Rush Hour Concerts
Rush Hour Concerts at St. James Cathedral promote the experience of classical music in a welcoming, widely accessible, relevant, and culturally rich environment that fosters a sense of community by presenting weekly, free, world-class concert events throughout the summer in Chicago.
Rush Hour Concerts Website
Art Exhibits in the Cathedral space and St. James Commons are used to teach, raise consciousness, and delight the senses with beauty. Examples include the Keiskamma Altarpiece, memorializing an African village's loss of life to AIDS and the life stories of those suffering from extended poverty, exhibits by photo documentarian Michael Nye, and in November/December 2013, Who is St. Nicholas: Discovering the Truth About Santa Claus. In the summer of 2014, we welcome parishioner Kevin Nance's photography exhibit "How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place."