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International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)

Address

1716 W. Lunt Ave.

Neighborhood

Rogers Park

Hours

Sat, Oct 15: 9am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 16: 9am - 5pm

Photography Permitted Wheelchair Accessible

Architect

Brydges & Somers, 1917

Description

This imposing former Masonic temple has been the center of Chicago's Hare Krishna community since 1979. Set behind a small, inviting garden, the Classical-Revival building has an Egyptian twist that is visible in the stone frieze above the columns and around the entrance doors. The temple is home to some devotees and a community center for many more. They prepare, serve and enjoy special vegetarian fare between ceremonies and lectures. The grand ceremonial space houses shrines to a number of Hindu deities who are the objects of daily ceremonies involving chants, singing and dancing. The deities wear elaborate garb that is changed throughout the day, and they are given a variety of offerings.

Behind the Scenes

Join in lively Hare Krishna ceremonies with elaborate shrines to Hindu deities—culminating in the weekly Krishna Fest on Sunday afternoon. For early risers, the temple opens at 4:30am each day to offer meditation and lessons.