St. James hosts dozens of concerts throughout the year, featuring choral, symphonic, and chamber music. The cathedral comfortably seats 400 people. If you are interested in renting the space, email Robert Black.

Rush Hour Concerts

Since 2000, Rush Hour Concerts has invigorated Chicago's live music scene with performances every Tuesday from June through August. 

  • Free, pre-concert reception with artists at 5:15 p.m. and a 30-minute concert at 5:45 p.m.
  • Internationally acclaimed artists, including musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • Diverse, international repertoire from different eras and for various ensembles
  • Broadcast on 98.7 WFMT, Chicago's classical music station
Programs and schedule.


Tuesday, Jun. 4 at 5:45 p.m.
Season Opener
Musicians from the Chicago Symphony and Lyric Opera Orchestra
BRAHMS Sextet in B-flat Major, Op. 18
Tuesday, Jun. 11 at 5:45 p.m.
Daughters of the Music
Gaudete Brass Quintet
ALEOTTI Miserere and Exsurgat
JOAN TOWER Copperwave
STACY GARROP Legends of Olympus
Tuesday, Jun. 18 at 5:45 p.m.
From the Creative Lab
Eighth Blackbird
Music of Nina Shekhar, Viet Cuong, Sarah Snider, Holly Harrison
Tuesday, Jun. 25 at 5:45 p.m.
Audience Choice: Viola Century
Anthony Devroye, viola, Daniel Schlosberg, piano
BLOCH Suite (1919)
CLARKE Viola Sonata (1919)

Tuesday, Jul. 9 at 5:45 p.m.
Internal Connections
Spektral Quartet
SCHUBERT Quartet in A Minor “Rosamunde”

Tuesday, Jul. 16 at 5:45 p.m.
Beethoven & Ligetti
Music of Beethoven and Ligetti
Tuesday, Jul. 23 at 5:45 p.m.
Lyric Shorts
Singers from the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago
ROSSINI The Barber of Seville (selections)
Tuesday, Jul. 30 at 5:45 p.m.
Sijo Poetry
Musicians from the Sejong Society, in collaboration with the Poetry Foundation
Korean art song and music inspired by Sijo poetry
Tuesday, Aug. 6 at 5:45 p.m.
Art of the Quintet
Avalon String Quartet and Kuang-Hao Huang, piano
BACH Art of the Fugue (selections)
SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Quintet, Op. 57
Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 5:45 p.m.
Finale: Rush Hour at 20
St. James Cathedral Choir, Stephen Buzard, Director of Music
English choral music from six centuries