Second Annual Saint John’s Ball

Where will you be on Friday, June 29th?  Once again, young men and women from the Chicago area will meet and mingle during a night of music, dancing, wine and laughter.

St. John's Ball

As Chicagoans celebrate the weekend at bars and street festivals, hundreds of young adults will gather for ‘St. John’s Eve’ at Chicago’s lakeshore with a traditional Ball, the second annual Saint John’s Ball, experiencing the grandeur of a bygone era.

Building on the success of last year’s inaugural Ball (see article in Regina Magazine), we are excited to showcase a 30-piece orchestra and a larger venue which features an even more spacious dance floor. This year’s venue is the historic South Shore Cultural Center, a Chicago landmark built in 1916 on the lakefront.


The first ever St. John’s Ball was a grand success.


The Ball, held near the midsummer solstice, in honor of the feast of St. John the Baptist, joins in the long tradition of lively evening celebrations where historically Catholic cultures would commemorate “St. John’s Eve”. They would have bonfires or other festivities to mark the day with the longest available daylight. The coming shortening of days mirrored St. John the Baptist’s own words, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” The Ball will be a celebration filled with elegance, grandeur, and chivalry.

St. Johns Ball Chicago

The ticket price includes not only admission to the ball, but complimentary dance lessons, wine, and hors d’oeuvres. Dance lessons begin at 8pm, and the Ball kicks off at 9pm on Friday, June 29th. In addition, there will be free dance lessons in waltz and polka leading up to the Ball. These will be held at St. John Cantius’ Church on select Sundays.

These events are hosted by Quo Vadis Young Adults from St. John Cantius Church, a parish community that is well known for its story of renaissance.  WFMT, Chicago’s premiere classical radio station, says, “St John Cantius Church has established itself as a cultural hub in the Chicago area.”

Please join us as we revive the elegance of a bygone era! Floor length gowns, satin gloves, and black ties will abound as St. John’s Ball promises to be the event of the summer.

Click here to purchase tickets today as space is limited!

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.


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Chicago Young AdultsQuo Vadis Young Adults is a community of young adults which meets weekly at St. John Cantius Parish in Chicago for Mass, Compline (sung night prayer) and social gatherings. Through beauty, charity, and the Sacraments, we seek to rediscover a sense of the sacred.

We are open to anyone interested, whether Catholic or not! Join us each Wednesday evening at St. John Cantius Church for Mass at 7:30pm followed by a talk, discussion, or social downstairs.

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See you there!