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The Catholic Art Institute is thrilled to host  its fifth annual conference bringing together the world’s leading artists & scholars to rediscover the power of beauty in the modern world.

The Conference will open with a Choral High Mass in the baroque splendor of Chicago’s historic St. John Cantius Church, a community renowned for bringing beauty into Christian worship. 

Conference presentations will take place at The Drake Hotel and include a lunch buffet, an elegant four-course dinner, followed by panel discussion moderated by William Newton, Art Critic for the Spectator World.

Conference Speakers


Dr. Chloe Reddaway

Art Historian & Author


Sohrab Ahmari

NY Post Op-Editor, Columnist &  Author


Cameron O'Hearn

Producer & Director,"Mass of Ages" Trilogy

Speaker Presentations in the Grand Ballroom

High Mass at St. John Cantius

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                                      Conference  Agenda

12:30-1:30   Choral High Latin Mass, St. John Cantius Church
1:45 -2:00   Bus departs to Drake Hotel

2:00-2:30    Registration, Grand Ballroom, Drake Hotel
2:00 -2:45   Lunch Buffet, Grand Ballroom
3:00-3:45   1st Presentation
3:45 -4:00    Break

4:00-5:00    2nd Presentation
5:00-5:15     Break

5:15-6:15     Keynote Address: Dr. Chloë Reddaway
6:15-6:45    VIP Reception with the Speakers (VIP Ticket Holders Only)

6:45-7:45    Dinner in the Gold Coast Room

7:45-8:15       Panel Discussion moderated by William Newton, Art Critic for the Spectator World

8:15- 8:45      Social Time & Conference Ends

Purchasing Tickets & FAQ's


Ticket Options:

Catholic Art Institute Members - $250

Non Members - $325

VIP Tickets  (limited to 30 ticket holders, includes wine & cheese reception with the speakers, reserved seats in the front of house for presentations and dinner) $375

Table of 8 (8 tickets plus a table of 8 for dinner in the front half of the Gold Coast Room). $1850

Bus Ticket - $10 (Bus from St. John Cantius to the Drake Hotel)

Sponsorship Tables - Full  Details and Table Purchase Available at this link:


Ticket sales end Oct. 23, 2023

This event is catered so tickets need to be purchased by Oct. 23, 2022 and will not be sold at the door or on the day of the event.

Tickets are available for members and non-members. We will be verifying tickets purchased by enrolled members. If you would like to enroll as a member, you can do so by completing our membership form.

We will be chartering bus transportation to the Drake Hotel from St. John Cantius. If you would like to use the bus service, please be purchase a bus ticket in addition to your conference ticket so we can reserved the correct number of buses.  We will be reserving buses in advance, so bus tickets must be purchased by the Oct. 15, 2021. Buses will not return to St. John Cantius from the Drake Hotel at the end of the event.

Tickets are for the full day event, partial tickets for the presentations or dinner only are not available.

Should the city of Chicago close down or limit attendance due to Covid restrictions or any other restrictions, the event will be postponed and a full refund provided to all ticket holders.

About Lunch & Dinner

The Drake hotel will  provide a lunch buffet of sandwiches, mini burgers, salads, coffee and desserts upon our arrival in the Grand Ball Room prior to the beginning of the talks. Gluten and dairy free options are available so if you have dietary restrictions, please email us at, so we can provide you with those options for lunch and dinner.


Dinner will take place in the elegant Gold Coast Room and consist of a three-courses, filet mignon dinner with soup, salad and dessert and table-side wine service.  A 30 minute panel discussion will take place following dessert.

If you would like a vegetarian dinner or have any special dietary requirements, the Drake can accommodate them. Please email us at after you purchase your ticket. Non dairy and Gluten-free dinner options are available.

Discounted Room Reservations

A limited block of rooms for the conference has been secured at a rate of $199 a night.  Reservations can be made at this link or by calling 1 (800) 55- DRAKE to secure a reservation. Please provide the group code: CAI. 



Tickets are refundable for the full price until October 15, 2021. In case of closures or restrictions on attendance numbers in Chicago due to Covid or any for other reason, a full refund will be provided to all ticket holders and the event will be postponed until 2022    If you have questions, please email:






If you are an artist or have a business you'd like to promote at the conference, 6 ft tables for displaying your work or to promote your business will be provided with two tickets to the event. Tables can be purchased at this link: :

If you would like to place an ad in our conference program, in our newsletter and on social media as a conference sponsor, please email us at



Will tickets be available at the door?

Tickets will not be available at the door on the day of the event. Tickets must be purchased by October 15, 2021.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

We would prefer you please bring your ticket to the event. However if cannot bring a printed ticket, we will have a list of ticket holders including membership status at the registration table. You will receive a lanyard at registration so you can gain entry to the event and dinner at the Drake.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Saint John Cantius Church is located at the triple intersection of Chicago, Milwaukee, and Ogden Avenue. The 24-hour CTA “Chicago” Blue Line subway stop is only a block away. Bus 56 on Milwaukee Ave, and Bus 66 on Chicago Ave stop nearby.  

There is limited street parking and lot space available at St. John Cantius.

Valet parking is available on site at the Drake Hotel as well as nearby garages, check online for rates and options.  

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