Open Public Sitting & Open Houses

Shambhala Open Houses are free and open to the public.  They are led by a certified meditation instructor, and offer sitting and walking meditation, a book reading or talk,  and a group discussion.  Meditation instruction is available for those who arrive at least five minutes before the meditation start time. Unless specified, no prior experience or reservations are required.  You do not need to bring anything with you.  There is no dress code, come as you are! It can be helpful to wear something that is comfortable for sitting for a period of time.

West Loop (Main Center)

37 N Carpenter Street
Chicago, IL 60607

Join us for any of our regular open houses or public meditations at our main location in the West Loop. For those new to meditation, free meditation instruction is available during our open houses.

Tuesday Evenings6:30pm – 7pm, Tea &  Conversation
7pm – 8pm, Meditation
8pm – 8:30pm, talk & group discussion.
Sunday Mornings
9:30am-10am, Tea & Conversation
10am – 11am, Meditation
11am – 12pm, Talk & group discussion
12pm- 12:30pm, Tea & Conversation
Sunday Evenings sponsored by
Queer Dharma
Open to all; we nurture an awareness of Diverse Identities
6pm – 6:20pm, Tea & Conversation
6:20pm – 7:20pm, Meditation
7:20pm – 8pm, Discussion
Open House sponsored by
Heart of Recovery
Sunday Mornings, Open to all; caters to those in recovery
10:30am – 11am, Meditation
11am – 12pm, Discussion
Lunchtime in the Loop
Weekdays M-F
12:15pm – 12:45pm. No instruction is given.  Please call us at 773-743-8147, at least 48 hours in advance, to set up an appointment if you’d like free instruction.

Des Plaines (Northwest)

We are located in the Church office to the left of the main building.

St. Martin’s Episcopal Church
1095 East Thacker Street
Des Plaines, IL 60016

Monday Evenings6:30-6:45pm Doors open, meditation instruction available on request; 6:45-7:45pm Meditation;  7:45-8:00pm Tea & Snacks;  8:00-8:45pm Book Reading & Discussion



Evanston Friends Meeting
1010 Greenleaf Street
Evanston, IL 60202


Wednesday Evenings7:00-7:40pm Meditation; 7:40-8:00pm Snacks and conversation; 8:00-9:00pm Reading, discussing

Hyde Park (South)

Montgomery Place
5550 So. Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637


Tuesday Mornings11am – 12pm, Meditation and Discussion

Matteson (Southwest)

Located in the south suburbs of Chicago in a small white house that is otherwise used as a private therapy practice, we have a beautiful meditation room on the first floor at the back of the house that looks out onto a garden. Please join us.

3624-216th Street,
Matteson, IL 60443

Open House Tuesday Evenings6:00pm to 8:00pm


Oak Park (Near West)

Oak Park String Academy
350 Harrison Street
Oak Park, IL 60304


Sunday Evenings6pm – 7pm, Meditation
7pm – 8pm, Book Reading, Group Discussion, and Tea

Rogers Park (North) 

The entrance of the Rogers Park location is on Greenview, just north of Greenleaf at Rogers Park Presbyterian Church.  Ring bell for entry on Tuesday evenings.

Rogers Park Presbyterian Church
7059 N. Greenview
Chicago, IL 60626

Tuesday Evenings7pm – 8pm, Meditation;  8pm – 8:15pm, Tea;  8:15pm – 9pm, talk & group discussion
Saturday Mornings9:30am – 12:00pm.  Meditation instructions given at 9:30am.  Come as go as you please.