July 05, 2007

Catholic Churches Near Chicagoland Speedway

Gentle Reader: Does anyone know if there is a Roman Catholic parish within walking distance of Chicagoland Speedway outside of Joliet, Illinois? From my research, there does not appear to be one but I'm trying to confirm with someone who may know the area and the track.

It HAS to be within walking distance. I will not have access to a car. I define walking distance as 1-2 miles AND on a road it's safe to walk on (i.e. something with a sidewalk so I'm not walking in traffic!)

I have already used masstimes.org.

Thanks for any help you can provide!


Blogger Terry Nelson said...

Gosh...I don't know.

Goin' outta town again are ya then?

July 05, 2007 6:16 PM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

I forgot - maybe you'll have to watch it on TV - the Mass I mean.

July 05, 2007 6:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From the speedway website:

"On Saturday and Sunday of race weekends take the Metra Rock Island District Line 505 (arrives in Joliet at 9:51) or the 509 (arrives in Joliet at 11:51) train from Chicago, and stops in-between, to Joliet Union Station. At Joliet Union Station a bus will be waiting to take you directly to the Speedway using a restricted access route. Use the convenience of Metra to arrive at Chicagoland Speedway."

Maybe you can check with the speedway to see if they offer bus service to the track during the weekend (for non-Metra users).

Otherwise, this Bus Route looks like it gets pretty close, but I doubt there are sidewalks, since it looks like the track is surrounded by fields.

Here's a Yahoo Map that shows the relationship of the track to the Pheasant Run mentioned on the Bus Route Map.

Might want to check with ma_beck, it's outside of her ward, but you never know.

July 05, 2007 6:35 PM  
Blogger Arkanabar T'verrick Ilarsadin said...

see http://parishdirectory.archchicago.org/ParishSearch.aspx
and do think about supplementing "walking distance" with mass transit, if possible.

July 05, 2007 8:52 PM  
Blogger Arkanabar T'verrick Ilarsadin said...

My bad! I should have pointed you at this: http://www.dioceseofjoliet.org/parishes.asp
Not that I know enough about the geography of Joliet to guess which parishes would be close enough.

July 05, 2007 8:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My sister works at the raceway... I could try asking her. She's not Catholic, though, so....

July 06, 2007 2:02 AM  
Blogger Richie D said...

I'll see what I can come up with.

Have you checked with the hotel you are staying at?

By the way, Joliet is in the Diocese of Joliet,not Chicago.

July 06, 2007 5:57 AM  
Blogger Adoro te Devote said...

Don't they have cabs in that area of the world?


Yeah, expensive everywhere, but if there's nothing within your distance, it's better than not going to Mass!

Besides...if you can't find public transportation, you could call the parish and see if they have a ministry or people willing to bring a stranger to Mass. That could be worth checking into.

July 06, 2007 6:21 AM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

I'll be there next weekend. The track is outside of Joliet. I don't know what the nearest parish is. We are renting an RV and camping at the track so once we are in, we aren't (can't) move the RV. (I could have specified the RV part but I thought I made the rest of it clear!)

Why do I feel like Fr. Z this morning? :-)

July 06, 2007 6:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once you get there, perhaps you will find others who are also wanting to go to Mass. I have met some really nice people when trying to get to Mass in an unfamiliar city. Good luck!

July 06, 2007 10:00 AM  
Blogger Richie D said...

There is more Beauty, Truth, grace
(and Grace) in one inning of baseball than in one season of NASCAR. (but remember, I am a snob.)

(I have had Jim Croce's song
"Rapid Roy, That Stockcar Boy" going through my head all morning.

July 06, 2007 10:28 AM  
Blogger Richie D said...

info from a friend as misguided about NASCAR as you are :]

St Rose Church
603 S Main Street
Wilmington, Illinois

St Joseph Church
235 W North
Manhattan, Illinois
815. 478. 3341

July 06, 2007 11:20 AM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Richie: Thanks, those are 2 parishes I've been eyeballing trying to figure out how to get there and exactly how far they are. The one in Manhatten may be an option.

Cabs don't usually frequent tracks and it an can be hard to use cell phones because of all the radio signals going on at the track. So, I'm trying to hammer down my plan before I get there.

As far as I can tell there is no public transit service to the track.

Anonymous: I, too, have thought about just asking around when I get there. Hey, any Catholics here?! LOL. But, seriously, could work.

Richie: You KNOW that I also like baseball, right? Twins v White Sox tonight!

July 06, 2007 12:33 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Check that: I just got my head out of my butt and saw that someone did say there is Metra service nearby. I could probably borrow my cousins card.

Sorry, all, I have a splitting headache today so I have trouble reading when it gets this bad.

July 06, 2007 12:36 PM  
Blogger Bobby said...


According to the map, St. Joseph is closest to the Speedway -- about 10 kilometers from the track ticket office. As a veteran marathon runner and finisher of some great 10k's, that would be 90 minutes walking, but of course there will be race fans who would probably want to join you at mass.

Call the church office or maybe other Catholic race fans together around where you are because they may indeed do a single carpool to mass and back. The church may also have members do outreaches for fans by transporting them to churches. After all, when mass is early and the race activities do not begin until 2, with the race beginning shortly after 3, there is time for race fans.

July 09, 2007 8:45 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Bobby: I think it will be St. Joe's for me. I'm checking the Metra schedule in case it's easier to just get a train into Joliet.

Good ideas here about calling the church to see if they have carpools. I think both you and Adoro suggested that.

July 10, 2007 6:19 AM  

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