The bells in the tower of St. John Cantius Church have rung over the Near West Side since they heralded the church’s opening on Dec. 11, 1898.
For more than 100 years, the three bells have been serving as a clock for the neighborhood’s residents, ringing six times in the morning and marking time on the quarter-hour until 11 every night.
The residents of this tightly knit community will no longer know when it’s time to put down the book, turn off the lights and get to sleep. The church has given in to two neighbors, striking a compromise to silence the bells at 9 p.m. from now on.
According to the Rev. Al Tremari, two vociferous residents, who’ve lived in newly constructed town houses directly across from the church for about a year, recently filed a report with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency claiming the bells are too loud.
After complaints from two neighbors, St. John Cantius Church, 825 N. Carpenter, agreed to silence the bells at 9 p.m.
‘No one’s ever complained’
"It’s the first time in the history of the church this has ever happened," Tremari said. "No one’s ever complained before."
[Via Vox Lauri]