The Episcopal Diocese of Chicago is participating again in Ashes To Go this year--a ministry where the church brings the ashes to the streets for busy people who don't have time for Mass for whatever reason, but still want to mark the beginning of Lent in some fashion.
It's very similar to St. Peter's in the Loop's (a Catholic parish run by Franciscan friars) ashes ministry. There, they have some friars in the St. Clare auditorium administering ashes all day, from 6am to 7 pm, so definitely stop by. Don't worry if you're not Catholic, you can still receive ashes. (Ashes are sacramentals as opposed to actual sacraments, and anyone can receive sacramentals.)
According to to Fr. Kurt, "Just take the stairs going down from the lobby to the lower level or the elevator to the right of the lobby. We ask that you observe a respectful silence in the auditorium to preserve the sacred atmosphere as you approach to receive ashes and then leave by the exits on both sides of the stage in order to avoid traffic jams."
Otherwise, there's Ashes to Go. Don't worry if you're not Episcopalian--the Episcopal Church welcomes anybody and everybody who would like to receive ashes on their forehead.
Here's the list of places and times of the ashes for cities in Illinois. This may not be a complete list, but these are the ones who have registered on the Ashes To Go website.
Aurora Metra station - 6 to 8 am (St. David's)
Cary Metra Station - "early morning" to 11:30 am (St. Nicholas)
Clark Red Line Clark/Wilson - 4:30 to 6:30 pm (All Saints)
Damen Brown Line Damen/Leland - 6:30 to 8:30 am (All Saints)
Fullerton Brown Line - 7:30 to 8:15 am (Church of Our Saviour-Chicago)
Fullerton Brown Line/Halsted St. Bus - 4:30-6:15pm (Church of Our Saviour-Chicago)
Logan Square Blue Line - 7am to 10am (Church of the Advent)
NIU campus, on either side of St. Paul's building - 10 am to 1 pm (St. Paul's)
NIU campus, on the corner of Lucinda/Normal - 10 am to 1 pm (St. Paul's)
Elmhurst Metra Station - 7 to 8 am (Church of Our Saviour-Elmhurst)
Central Street Metra Station - 7 to 9 am (St. Matthew's)
Stephenson/Cherry Streets - 11:30 am to 1:30 pm (Grace Episcopal)
Glen Ellyn Metra Station - 6 to 8 am (St. Mark's)
Additional ashes available all day at St. Mark's (393 N. Main) from 6am to 8pm
Waukegan Metra Station - 7 to 8:30 AM (Annunciation of Our Lady)
Libertyville Metra Station - 6 to 7:45 am (St. Lawrence)
Lombard Metra Station - 6 to 8:45 am (Calvary Episcopal)
Northbrook Metra Station - 6:30 to 8am (St. Giles)
Oak Park Blue Line (Oak Park/East Ave) - 6 to 8am (St. Christopher's)
Richton Park Metra - "AM and PM rush hours" (Church of the Holy Family)
Waukegan Metra and Genessee bus station - 6:45 to 8:15 am (Christ Church)
Hubbard Woods Metra Station - 5:20 to 7am (Christ Church-Winnetka)
Indian Hill Metra Station - 5:20 to 7am (Christ Church-Winnetka)
Winnetka Metra Station - 5:20 to 7am (Christ Church-Winnetka)
Centegra Hospital (front lobby of main entrance) - "will be distributing ashes for eight hours altogether" (St. Ann's and St. Mary's)
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