"I appreciate your events so much–they are thoughtful, sane, and restore the soul!"
Victoria, Chicago, IL 

"Thanks for the welcoming format of the Common Ground lectures at the Swedenborg Library...warm & relaxing." 
Bill, Wilmette, IL
Above, the monument to Swedenborg, whose vision of the new Jerusalem (Revelation, chapter 21 in the Bible) inspired city planner Daniel Burnham; in Chicago's Lincoln Park on a particularly beautiful day. Swedenborg looks benevolently toward the city, holding a copy of "Secrets of Heaven" to his heart. 
Welcome to the Swedenborg Library in Chicago
Above: Common Ground lecturer Jerry Leitner addresses a group during a Swedenborg Library program taking place in James Parlor at 77 W. Washington St., Chicago. 


Here you'll find information on upcoming events and programs on a wide range of topics, from spiritual practices, the world's religions, spirituality in America among others. 

Our circulating book collection offers a range of contemporary books on spiritual topics, as well as the work of the 18C Swedish scientist and theologian Emanuel Swedenborg. 

One of the insights that Swedenborg had about the heavenly realm was that people who lived the good of their religion of all religions were found there. The Swedenborg Library embraces that idea, and is an ecumenical center. People of all faiths, and those who aren't sure what they believe are welcomed here. 

See Events & Programs for information on our upcoming programs. We look forward to seeing you then. Use the Contact Us form for information on our collection.
  
If you will be in downtown Chicago and would like to visit the Swedenborg Library, we are open Wednesday and Friday afternoons from 1:00-5:00 pm, Thursday afternoons prior to programs, and by appointment. Click on the Calendar link in the top left column for our hours and schedule. 


COMING UP THIS WINTER:

AUTHOR TALK with John Wasik on "Lightning Strikes: Timeless Lessons on Creativity from Nikola Tesla." Come hear what John learned about Tesla's creative process. 

COMMON GROUND TALKS:
FEB. 21: DIVERSITY IN EARLY CHRISTIANITY.

MARCH 7: SHAHNAMEH: THE PERSIAN BOOK OF THE KINGS. 

BOOK GROUP DISCUSSIONS:

FEB. 27: "Lightning Strikes"

MARCH 27: "The Shift" by Wayne Dyer

APRIL 24: "The Will to Meaning" by Viktor Frankl.


The Swedenborg Library is the Chicago satellite for COMMON GROUND, the 40 year old Deerfield, Illinois organization that presents lectures on a wide range of topics. For information on the Winter 2018 programs, or for more information on Common Ground's suburban-location programs, visit COMMON GROUND


PAST SPEAKERS AT THE SWEDENBORG LIBRARY INCLUDE: 
Julie Bachrach, Marc Ian Barasch,Rev. Kit Billings, Denise BretonHerbert Bronstein, Sophy Burnham, Rabbi Menachem Cohen, Phil Cousineau, John DeBerry, Rev. Dr. George Dole, Barbara Geiger, Mercy Gilpatric, Jack Gilroy, John Haller Jr., Fatima Imam, Kenneth JamesSunny Dawn Johnston, Jim Kenney, Christopher Largent, Stephen & Robin Larsen, Erik Larson, Rev. Dr. James Lawrence, Jerrol Leitner, Dr. Wayne Martindale, Russell Lewis, Ron Miller, Richard Meade, Dr. Raymond Moody, John Moulder, Sarah Odishoo, Paul Quinn, Rev. Dr. Jonathan Rose, Ahmad SadriKristen Schaffer, Ann McNamara Smith, Richard Smoley, John Stolfo,Edward Sylvia, Brother Wayne Teasdale, Pauline Viviano, Rev. Wilma Wake, John Wasik...