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!