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Buddhism in Chicago

This is a listing of different centers and groups in Chicago that are involved with meditation or Buddhism. If you know of any that are not included here and want them listed, please contact us.

Accidental Buddhist Sangha

Meeting Location: Private home in Downers Grove, IL.
Affiliation: eclectic.
Contact Person: Jack Hatfield, 630 375-0881,

We meet twice a month on Sundays from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Newcomers are welcome. Come at 6:30 PM if you would like to get meditation instructions.

Ancient Dragon Zen Gate

1922 W. Irving Park Rd (near the Irving Park Brown line stop and Damen Avenue in Chicago) Chicago IL.

A community of practitioners committed to being a home for Soto Zen Buddhist meditation practice in Chicago. The center offers a variety of meditation and practice opportunities throughout the year including evening, morning, half day, one day, and three day meditations as well as seminars and classes.

Bodhi Path Buddhist Center of Chicago

Bodhi Path Buddhist Center of Chicago,
Chicago, IL 60613 (Located east of the Metra tracks, between Irving Park and Berteau. Near Metra and Brown Line CTA)

Weekly seminars, group meditation, reading groups, and practice sessions. The center regularly hosts teachers from around the world for special events. All are welcome.

Buddhadharma Meditation Center

8910 S. Kingery Hwy, Willowbrook, IL 60527
630) 789-8866

Theravada Buddhist Temple and education center. Daily chanting and meditation, weekly services.

Buddhist Peace Fellowship – Chicago Chapter

deankaufer (at) mac (dot) com
(773) 465-4279

We bring together Buddhist practitioners working collectively for peace and justice. Currently we meet on the third Thursday of every month at Ancient Dragon Zen Gate meditation hall, 1922 W. Irving Park Rd, at 7:15-9 pm.

Buddhist Temple of Chicago

1151 W. Leland, Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 334-4661

Zazen sitting meditation on Sundays at 9:00 am. Also Japanese language classes and Children’s Dharma school.

Chicago Buddhist Vihara

29 W 025 Army Trail Road West Chicago, IL 60185
630 855 8249 / 630 788 9680 (Cell)
contact Bhanthe Seelarantana,

Theravada Buddhist monks from Sri Lanka. Daily meditation at 6:30 am and 6:30 pm. Weekly services on Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday, 1st Friday of each month.

Chicago Karma Thegsum Choling

2100 S. Central Avenue Cicero, IL 60804-2242
(708) 652-9722

Shinay, Chenrezig, or Green Tara meditations at various times throughout the week. A Karma Kagyu center under the spiritual guidance of H.H. Orgyen Trinley Dorje.

Chicago Zen Center

2029 Ridge Avenue Evanston, IL 60201
847) 475-3015

The Chicago Zen Center offers introductory sessions the first Tuesday of each month. After attending an intro session you are welcome to attend any regular weekly sitting, participate in sesshin, etc.

Diamond Way Buddhism

Chicago Center:
4722 N. Malden
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 234-5856;

Yorkville Center:
832 Parkside Ln, Yorkville, IL
(630) 553-0436;

Guided meditations in English on Monday and Friday evenings. A Karma Kagyu center under the spiritual guidance of H.H. Trinlay Thaye Dorje.

Illinois Vipassana Meditation Center

Pecatonica, Illinois
Tel. [1] 815 489-0420

Offering courses in Vipassana Meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin.

Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Organization

1342 W. Belmont (between Lakewood Ave & Southport Ave) Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 458 4662

We have been in Chicago for over 20 years. We hold weekly classes and host our spiritual director and founder, Gelek Rinpoche as well as other teachers a few times each year.

Chicago Zen Meditation Community

We meet in two locations: on Wednesday afternoons from 2:15 to 3:30 p.m. at 30 N. Michigan Avenue, Room 1111 (in the Chicago Loop), and on Sunday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cenacle Retreat Center, 513 W. Fullerton (in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood).


A place for zazen in the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition. Our practice leader is Myoshi Roger Thomson, a Soto Zen Buddhist priest and dharma heir of Shoken Winecoff in the lineage of Dainin Katagiri Roshi.


Chicago Culture Center
1455 South Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL. 60605 US

Telephone: 312.913.1211
Fax: 312.913.0988

The core activity for all SGI-USA members is the neighborhood discussion meeting. These informal gatherings bring people together for Buddhist prayer, study, sharing and discussion of ways Buddhism can be applied to the challenges of daily living.

Shambhala Meditation Center of Chicago

37 N. Carpenter St., Chicago, IL 60607

Open meditation sessions are held Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon and Sunday at 6 pm. Throughout the year the Center hosts many special events, as well as a continuing program of classes: the Way of Shambhala. More info at

Underdog Zendo

At: Urban Lotus Yoga
2950 West Chicago Ave. #201, Chicago, IL 60622

Underdog Zendo is a Zen Practice Group located on the West Side of Chicago, facilitated by Practice Leader Fugon Mugen, authorized by Senior Dharma Teacher Rev. Jay Rinsen Weik, in affiliation with The Buddhist Temple of Toledo & The Drinking Gourd Institute.

Weekly practice every Sunday from 4-6 pm.

UUSG Buddhist Meditation and Study Group

Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva
102-112 South Second Street, Geneva, IL

The group is for both committed practitioners and those seeking to learn about Buddhism. On Wednesday nights at 7 pm, they host a silent meditation and book discussion, and on occasion longer meditation sessions and community service projects.

Vajrayana Buddhist Center

Various places throughout Chicago, including Hyde Park at the Quaker House
(708) 763-0132

Their mission is to make Buddhism and meditation available to all people in Chicago and the surrounding areas, offering them a practical method to find peace and happiness from within their own minds.

Wat Phrasriratanamahadhatu

4735 N. Magnolia Ave
Chicago, IL 60640

Theravada Buddhist Temple focusing on the Thai, Laotian and Cambodian communities in Chicago.

Zen Buddhist Temple, Chicago of the Buddhist Society for Compassionate Wisdom under the direction of Ven. Samu Sunim

1710 W Cornelia, Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 528-8685

The temple offers introductory meditation classes and public meditation/chanting services on Sunday mornings. We also have seasonal retreats.