Open Public Sitting & Open Houses

Shambhala Open Houses are free and open to the public. Led by certified meditation instructors, they offer periods of sitting and walking and are usually followed by group discussion.  Meditation instruction is available for those who arrive at least five minutes before the meditation start time. You are welcome to come and leave anytime during the open house hours; you do not have to stay for the duration of the sitting/discussion. No prior experience or reservations are required. Cushions, benches and chairs are supplied. There is no dress code, but 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
info@chicagoshambhala.org
Directions

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 Evenings6:30 – 7pm, Tea &  Conversation
7 – 8pm, Meditation
8 – 8:30pm, talk & group discussion.
Sunday Mornings
 
9:30-10am, Tea & Conversation
10 – 11am, Meditation
11am – 12pm, Talk & group discussion
12- 12:30pm, Tea & Conversation
Sunday Evenings sponsored by
Queer Dharma
Open to all; we nurture an awareness of diverse identities
6p – 6:20pm, Tea & Conversation
6:20 – 7:20pm, Meditation
7:20 – 8pm, Discussion
Heart of Recovery
Sunday Mornings, Open to all; caters to those in recovery
10:30 – 11am, Meditation
11am – 12pm, Discussion
Lunchtime in the Loop
Weekdays, Monday to Friday
12:15 – 12:45pm. No instruction is given.  Please call us at 773-743-8147, at least 48 hours in advance, if you would like free instruction.
Stillness – Femmes of Color
2nd & 4th Monday Evenings
7 – 9pm
Tuesday Evenings6:30pm – 7pm, Tea &  Conversation
7pm – 8pm, Meditation
8pm – 8:30pm, talk & group discussion.

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

desplaines@chicagoshambhala.org
Directions

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

Evanston Friends Meeting
1010 Greenleaf Street
Evanston, IL 60202

Evanston@ChicagoShambhala.org

Directions

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

Directions

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
mattesonshambhala@gmail.com
Directions

Open House Tuesday Evenings6 – 8pm

 


Oak Park (Near West)

Oak Park String Academy
350 Harrison Street
Oak Park, IL 60304
oakpark@chicagoshambhala.org

Directions

Sunday Evenings6pm – 7pm, Meditation
7pm – 8pm, Book Reading/Group Discussion/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
edgewater@chicagoshambhala.org
Directions

Tuesday Evenings7 – 8pm, Meditation
8p – 8:15pm, Tea
8:15 – 9pm, Talk & group discussion
Saturday Mornings9:30am – 12:00pm,  Meditation instruction given at 9:30am. Come as go as you please.