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.
Meeting Location: Private home in Downers Grove, IL.
Contact Person: Jack Hatfield, 630 375-0881, email@example.com.
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.
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,
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.
8910 S. Kingery Hwy, Willowbrook, IL 60527
Theravada Buddhist Temple and education center. Daily chanting and meditation, weekly services.
deankaufer (at) mac (dot) com
Coming from a variety of Buddhist traditions, we are a community of activist friends trying to engage more directly in social action and service for the benefit of all beings.
1151 W. Leland, Chicago, IL 60640
Zazen sitting meditation on Sundays at 9:00 am. Also Japanese language classes and Children’s Dharma school.
29 W 025 Army Trail Road West Chicago, IL 60185
630 855 8249 / 630 788 9680 (Cell)
contact Bhanthe Seelarantana, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
2100 S. Central Avenue Cicero, IL 60804-2242
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.
2029 Ridge Avenue Evanston, IL 60201
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.
4722 N. Malden
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 234-5856; email@example.com
832 Parkside Ln, Yorkville, IL
(630) 553-0436; firstname.lastname@example.org
Guided meditations in English on Monday and Friday evenings. A Karma Kagyu center under the spiritual guidance of H.H. Trinlay Thaye Dorje.
Tel.  815 489-0420
Offering courses in Vipassana Meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin.
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.
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
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.
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 www.chicago.shambhala.org
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.
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.
Various places throughout Chicago, including Hyde Park at the Quaker House
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.
4735 N. Magnolia Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
Theravada Buddhist Temple focusing on the Thai, Laotian and Cambodian communities in Chicago.
1710 W Cornelia, Chicago, IL 60657
The temple offers introductory meditation classes and public meditation/chanting services on Sunday mornings. We also have seasonal retreats.