Monday, October 02, 2006

Chicago Temple

While visiting the Chicago area, I wanted to visit the LDS Temple in Chicago. Much like the meetinghouse locater, there is a web site that will give you driving directions, hours of operation, and other information about the temple. I was able to locate the temple without too much trouble.

The temple is located in a suburb North of Chicago, called Glenview. The community is a nice area, but not ritzy either. It is located near a forest preserve, which was amzinging beautiful, right there in the heart of the suburbs along the Des Plaines River.

This gives you a good idea of what the forest preserve along the Des Plaines River looks like. The forest preserve is about 28 miles long, and about 2-3 miles wide. It goes through the city limits of many municiplaities in the area. The bike trail is pictured here, but there are also campgrounds, picnic areas, and hiking trails.

The wilderness aspects of the preserve make for a nice neighbor to the temple.

I actually visited the temple grounds 3 times on my trip. The first time was on Sunday after I attended church. I took some daytime photos that day, but could not go onto the temple grounds because it is closed on Sunday.

The second time, I took my handy mini-tripod, and took some nighttime picutres. Some of them came out quite nice. By now I was getting good at taking time exposures with my tripod and the self timer. You can see more of my Chicago Temple pictures here.

My third visit was on Thursday night, my last night in the Chicago area. I attended a session at the temple. Class let out early that day, and I was able to get there in time for the 5:00 pm session. It was a small session, 5 men and 2 women. But it was nice. It was as beautiful on the inside as it was on the outside.

I spent a lot of time at the temple in my three visits. But I couldn't think of a place I would rather be. -- Besides, it kept me out of trouble!


Tigersue said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the visit there. When Michael and I lived in Wisconsin we took a trip to Chicago to go to the temple. The sight of it was so wonderful that it brought tears to my eyes.

I think the only thing I didn't like about it was the chaple being right in the front and having to go past the dressing rooms to get to the endowment rooms. I don't know if they changed that with the refurbishing it went under. I found the set up to hinder the feel of reverence, particularly on a busy saturday when the foure(sp?) was so full of patrons. I felt more like I was in a chaple than in a temple. :)

Lisa M. said...

I love the nighttime pictures.

Have you been to the Vegas Temple at night?

Love to see your photos of that.


(Glad you kept outta trouble!)


Maren said...

I love visiting temples wherever I go. Such a wonderful thing. They are so beautiful and peaceful.

David B. said...

Tigersue: The remodeling added a lot more space to the entrance area. When I visited there, there were only a few people there, so we waited in a meeting room before going to the ordinance room. I don't know how it would be with a large crowd. All in all, I thought it was quite nice inside.

Lisa: My in-laws used to live in Henderson, NV. That is where my wife grew up. I have visited the Las Vegas Temple several times, but I have not photographed it yet. I would like to though.

My in-laws moved to St. George a couple of years ago, so I don't get to Vegas very much anymore. I might have a convention there for work in a year or two. If I do, I'll definitely get some photos.

One really needs to have a place to stay out of trouble in Vegas.

Maren: I enjoy visiting temples when I travel too. I want to keep getting more photos of them as I go along.

Oh, and happy belated birthday Maren. I hope you have a marvelous year to come!

Maren said...

Thank you David. So far I am having a really good Autumn. Things keep on getting better and, as you know, once you've been ill, regaining health is something so precious and priceless.