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.
Enjoy a self guided tour of the main worship space with elaborate shrines to Hindu deities.
Meditation with Monks
Meditate with monks in a serene and supportive atmosphere
Sat, Oct 19: 5:15am-7am
Sun, Oct 20: 5:15am-7am
Take a break from the ordinary to connect with the ancient sounds of mantra meditation. Done in the early morning before the distractions of the day take hold, this guided meditation will give you the necessary perspective you need to get your day off to a great and energizing start. Monks will be there to assist you in the meditation process so you can learn techniques and practices that you can take home with you to incorporate into your everyday life.
Sunday Love Feast
An open program featuring musical meditation, thoughtful discourse, and of course, a feast!
Sun, Oct 20: 5pm-8pm
This fifty year old tradition is a feast for the senses and the stomach, where everyone is invited to partake in the joy of spontaneous music, dance, thought-provoking discussions, friendly faces and a sumptuous feast.