"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 Swedenborg monument in Chicago's Lincoln Park, on a particularly beautiful day. 
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, and the surprisingly modern 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. 
Events & Programs At the Swedenborg Library
Paul Quinn discusses the symbolism of Tarot cards with a small group in the Swedenborg Library. 

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. 


The Swedenborg Library is pleased to host the monthly meetings of the Loop IONS Community Chapter. For information on the IONS upcoming events, visit: 
Loop IONS 

The Loop IONS Community Group meets monthly at the Swedenborg Library. For information on the Winter schedule, visit  Loop IONS . 
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 Spring 2017 programs we will host, see the Events & Programs page on this site. Our Common Ground programs for the Winter-Spring season have concluded. Check here for 2017 Autumn topics, 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...