Chicago’s Christmas was ushered in with midnight masses at many churches.
Francis Cardinal George was the main celebrant midnight mass at Holy Name Cathedral, and the choir sang traditional hymns like “Silent Night” and “Joy to the World.”
Other midnight masses were held at Old St. Patrick’s, St. Peter’s, Notre Dame, Queen of Angels, and St. Francis of Assisi, just to name a few.
In the city’s Uptown neighborhood, Chicagoans were showing their charitable side at the Inspiration Cafe. About 10 volunteers with Jewish United Fund prepared and served dinner to needy families. The cafe normally serves breakfast daily and dinner four times a week to people enrolled in program at the cafe’s parent company, Inspiration Corporation.
At PAWS Chicago, a no-kill pet adoption center, local celebrities were volunteering their time to find homes for homeless pets during the “The 12 Strays of Christmas.”
Later today on the South Side, Father Michael Pfleger and parishioners at his St. Sabina’s Catholic Church will be handing out home-cooked meals, gifts and toys to more than 400 homeless men, women and children.
Or, get into the holiday spirit at the Trump International Hotel and Tower’s Restaurant 16. There, you can see two live reindeer, Santa Clause and Ms. Clause