Public Labyrinths In Illinois
The following list of Illinois public labyrinths will give you the information you need to enjoy visiting any of these public sites. Some are open by appointment (like the labyrinths at Relax4Life) while others are open sunrise to sunset or even 24 hours. We hope this list will give you new insight as to the labyrinths in your area that you didn’t know existed.
Relax4Life Center-Barrington (by appointment)
Three permanent walking labyrinths open by appointment and available for students during our events and classes-www.relax4life.com
To schedule an appointment, please call 847-842-1752.
35′ Brick & Grass Cretan 60′ Brick & Grass Man in the Maze 36′ Stone & Grass Roman
Note: Relax4Life is a fragrance-free environment. We ask that you refrain from wearing on your clothes or person any fragrances. We thank you for your consideration. Besides the outdoor walking labyrinths, there is a small labyrinth gift area inside the Center where you can browse our unique wood and plastic finger labyrinth designs, labyrinth throw and other labyrinth-related gift items.
26402 N. Edgemond Lane, Barrington, IL 60010
Union Church Labyrinth-Lake Bluff (public)
27 foot, 5-circuit design composed of a base of asphalt screenings and beautiful hand-painted brick. Nestled just south of the parking lot behind the church. It is available from sunrise to sunset 7 days/week. All are welcome! For additional information, please contact: Tracy Hindman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kingswood United Methodist Church Labyrinth-Buffalo Grove (public)
40 foot Chartres design composed of limestone-screenings and brick, located on the west end of the church property.
The labyrinth was an Eagle Scout project of troop 401 and was created in the summer of 2011. The labyrinth is a memorial to youth whose life journeys were cut short too soon and is a gift to the community. The labyrinth is open 7 days a week from sunrise to sunset. All are welcome! Contact or stop by the church office for an informational brochure (847) 398-0770 or email@example.com
Saint Giles Episcopal Church-Northbrook (Public)
All are welcome to walk the 40-foot, 7-circuit classical labyrinth of grass and brick, which was dedicated in October 2012. It is located at the quiet south end of our property just off the parking lot and next to a community vegetable garden. Designed by Guy Palm in consultation with church members and installed by Gaona Landscaping, the labyrinth is open from sunrise to sunset. Visitors may also use our Prayer Room for reading and reflection, with books about labyrinths there along with finger labyrinths to try (please call ahead for open hours). Photos and more info can be found on our website at www.saint-giles.org. 3025 Walters Avenue (847) 272-6622
Labyrinth at the Dome Education & Gathering Center-Roscoe (Public)
30 foot stone and grass, modified 8-circuit Chartres design. 6524 Blevidere Rd, Roscoe, IL 61073. Call Randy & Jessie Mermel for availability: (815) 623-9878 or www.thedomecenter.org
Earth-Wisdom Labyrinth-Elgin (public)
Elgin-Unitarian Universalist Church-1st Permanent Outdoor Labyrinth in Illinois (fall equinox 1997).
94 foot stone & Playwood Chartres pattern-recently restored with crushed limestone replacing the original playwood.
Hours: Sunrise-Sunset Daily or call the church to register large groups: for information: (847) 888-0668
3 miles west of the intersection of Randall Rd. & Highland Ave. on Highland-on the right side of the road-church looks like a large modern barn; the labyrinth is just to the right of the back of the church.
St. Scholastica Monastery-Chicago (public)
Outdoor Inlaid 60 foot Chartres design
7430 N. Ridge Blvd. Enter at the service drive. Go west on white gravel. The labyrinth is located west of the garden at the north end of campus.
The labyrinth is open during daylight hours. Sr. Mariella Hathorn, O.S.B. 773.764.2413, x231
Community Prayer Labyrinth at Peace Lutheran Church,
Lake Zurich (public)
This 65’ diameter, modified seven circuit pattern is made up of concrete pavers and lawn. The path is wheelchair friendly and there is a large seating rock in the center for reflecting or resting. For visitors unable to walk the labyrinth, a seating area with a finger labyrinth is provided. Our Labyrinth was designed by Pamela Self Landscape Architecture. Dedication on 5/15/11 in celebration of our 25th Year Anniversary. Please join us 7 days a week from sunrise to sunset. 1050 Old Rand Road, Lake Zurich, 60047. Pastor Mark Sundberg 847-438-4400 firstname.lastname@example.org or Beth Piff 847-361-0429 email@example.com
Faith Community United Church Of Christ-Prairie Grove (public)
60′ Mulch and stone, Classical 7-Circuit (Cretan) Design with bench in the center for resting/reflecting.
The labyrinth is open 24 hours. For information call the church: (815) 479-1307
The church is located on the border between Crystal Lake and Prairie Grove at the corner of Route 176 and Bayview Beach Rd. approximately 1 mile east of Valley View Rd. Turn left into the church parking lot via Bayview Beach Rd. and proceed east to the church and labyrinth.
Marianjoy Rehabilitation Institute-Wheaton (public)
42-foot, concrete, Chartres pattern-made using Labyrinth Enterprises proprietary polymer concrete technique. The labyrith is in the open air atrium accessed by the lower level which connects the old hospital, new hospital, and parking garage. Park in the new parking garage and walk down to the lower level. Open 24 hours. Marianjoy is located at 26W171 Roosevelt Rd. For information, call 630-909-8000.
Green Town Demonstration Garden-Waukegan (public)
18’ 4″ diameter Chelsea labyrinth paved with 3 tons of red tiles lies in a downtown garden of tranquility and peace, beside a stone Buddha statue. The walk from entry to center is 164’, and the round-trip journey allows time to retrace the path of one’s life or to contemplate the meaning of the day. In spring, the interstices will be planted with Purple Lemon carpet thyme, adding an additional sensory element to the experience.
The labyrinth and garden were created in 2007 by TOWN (Taskforce on Waukegan Neighborhoods) and was a gift by the Fuquas. and contains plots of perennials, annuals, native plants, herbs and spectacular sunflower. 35 South Genesee Street. For more information, contact Nada 847-917-8310 or www.waukegan.com.
Womanspace Labyrinth-Rockford (public-sunrise-sunset)
This 72′ Chartres labyrinth has crushed limestone paths with limestone walls. There are 6 stone benches in the center for sitting and reflecting as well as a stone table for leaving small tokens of the walk such as a stone, feather etc. It can be accessed by following the ribbon “prayer-flags” that lead the walker from our parking lot through the pine forest and out onto the prairie where the labyrinth is located. 3333 Maria Linden Dr., Rockford. For more information, contact Elaine Hirschenberger at 815-877-0118 or www.womanspace-rockford.org
Naperville Riverwalk Labyrinth-Naperville (public)
Exact Chartres Replica-approximately 42 feet in diameter, inlaid brick paving stone
Naperville-Riverwalk (downtown Naperville, corner of Eagle & Jackson)
For information: Marty or Debi Kermeen-(630) 552-3408
The Labyrinth is open 24 hours
Theosophical Society Labyrinth-Wheaton (public)
Approximately 50 foot Classical 7-Circuit Cretan, made of round grey walking plates with river pebbles as the walls. The Theosophical Society is located just west of the intersection of Geneva Rd. and Main St. in Wheaton (Stop in at Quest Bookshop to see Relax4Life’s Finger Labyrinths). The labyrinth is located 1/2 a block south of Quest (just south and west of the vegetable gardens).
Open 24 hours. For information call Quest Bookshop: (630) 665-0123
St. Elisabeth Episcopal Church-Glencoe (public)
Our labyrinth is a permanent 44 foot “garden” labyrinth, patterned after the one at Chartres Cathedral. St. Elisabeth’s offers it as a symbol of hospitality and blessing to the larger community. It is always open, and all are welcome! This labyrinth lies in a tree-enclosed corner of the church property, directly west of St. Elisabeth’s Rectory. Located just east of the 5-point intersection of South Street, Greenwood, and Hawthorn Ave., it is 2 blocks west of Green Bay Road. An informational leaflet is available at the entrance.
The Rev. Daphne Cody Phone: 847.835.0458 DCody@StElisabethsGlencoe.org
Prince Of Peace Lutheran Church-Chicago Heights (public)
50 foot Chartres design composed of limestone-scree and concrete block, incised into the front lawn of the church complex. Brought from vision to fruition by former pastor, Rev. Andrew Leahy, the labyrinth took more then a year to complete through the efforts of volunteers. Located on the Front Lawn of the church at 667 West 8th Street, Chicago Heights, just east of Western Avenue between Vollmer Road and Hwy 30. Available 24 hrs. For more information call the church office: 708-481-3222 or visit the church website: www.princeofpeacelutheran.com
Loyola Eco & Retreat Center-Woodstock (public)
60+ foot diameter inlaid brick and grass Chartres design.
From the east: Route 14 to sign pointing to Ridgefield (just past Route 176 intersection.) Go north on that road until you come to a stopsign (Country Club Rd.) and go right and follow road (curves to the left) and stay on it for about 2 miles and come to Resurrection Church sign on right. Go past the church and approximately 2 blocks further, you will see two brick pillars on the right which is the entrance to Resurrection Center. Go back and park in the parking lot. The labyrinth is behind the building towards the pond, just to the right of the fire pit and to the left of the statue of Mother Mary. 2710 S. Country Club Road
For information, call: (815) 338-1032
Lake Forest Hospital Labyrinth-Lake Forest (public)
60-foot Cretan pattern, grass with blue walking path-open sunrise to sunset.
Located adjacent to the Hunter Family Center for Women’s Health. For Information, call 847-536-6111
Crystal Lake Park Labyrinth-Urbana (public)
42 foot tan and charcoal brick Chartres located on the southwest corner of
Crystal Lake Park, near the corner of Orchard and Church Streets, just behind
the Carle Foundation Hospital.
open 24 hours to the public: 217-344-1120
St. James Cathedral Labyrinth-Downtown Chicago (public)
30 foot AllDeck surface, acrylic resin and fiberglass Chartres located on the terrace between the church and the diocese office building, 1 1/2 blocks from Michigan Avenue. Open 24 hours to the public. 65 E. Huron (between Rush & Wabash).
Judy Mason: 773-506-6064
St. Charles Episcopal Church-St. Charles (public)
42 foot in-ground Chartres pattern made of granite cobblestones laid in a bed of sand and finely crushed limestone. Located about 1 1/4 miles north of Route 64 (North Ave.) on Route 25. Labyrinth is behind the church, 994 N. Fifth.
Open 24 hours daily. For information call the church at: (630) 584-2596
The Quiet Path Labyrinth-Nottingham Park (public)
Created by Sister Nancy and Marion Biagi, this 25-foot crushed granite and limestone based Cretan Labyrinth design with small, fist-sized rocks layed atop the granite and limestone, making up the path walls. The rocks/crystals are from around the world, and have and will continue to come from visitors to the labyrinth. Designed to be walked individually.
Open by appointment. Call Sister Nancy or Marion Biagi at (708) 458-5510
Franciscan Sisters Retreat Center-Frankfort (public)
Portiuncula Center For Prayer
54 foot white limestone screen permanent Chartres design on asphalt. The rosette is blue limestone screen. A meditation garden surrounds it.
Open 24 hours. Call Sister Kathleen Ann for directions: (815) 464-3880
St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church-Deerfield (public)
84-foot Chartres pattern mowed into the grass with fieldstone walls-open sunrise to sunset.
Church is located at the NE corner of Deerfield & Wilmot Roads. One mile north of Lake Cook Road, and 2 blocks east of Highway 94/294. Enter the church parking lot and proceed to the far north end (behind the houses that are to the left). It is currently roped off, and there is a welcome sign to greet visitors. For Information, call the church at: 847-945-1678
Central Illinois Natural Health Clinic-Danville (public)
Medieval 11-circuit design, paint on concrete. 22-ft. diameter. Near the corner of Fairchild St. and Logan Ave., across from Lakeview College of Nursing and Provena United Samaritans Medical Center.
Open to the public 24 hours. For more information: Dr. Andrew Peters, (217) 443-4372
Carbondale Labyrinth–Carbondale (public)
37′ labyrinth painted on cement (original adaptation of Chartres style labyrinth). Located at 913 S. Illinois Avenue just north of the Interfaith Center (corner of S. Illinois and Grand Avenue). Open 24 hours. For information call Hugh Muldoon at (618)549-7387
Prairie Labyrinth-Harvard (public)
110 foot Chartres design mowed into the prairie and the address is 20112 Hebron Rd. Harvard, IL 60033. It is 4 miles north of Harvard going on Rt. 14, then right on Hebron Rd. 1/3 mile to the Labyrinth sign. Cars can park right on the shoulder of the road. It’s a slowcountry road—then walk right in at the sign. Call Mary Klein 262-248-1916 Days or 815-943-4765 Eves.
Chicago Park District Labyrinth-Garfield Park (public during conservatory hours)
7-circuit Cretan with crushed gravel path and grass borders.
Garfield Park Conservatory-west side of 300 N. Central Park. 773-638-1766 ext. 20
Grace United Methodist Church-Joliet (public)
36 foot, painted canvas, Chartres-style labyrinth layed out in the church beginning March 2, 2001 and available every Friday evening thereafter through April 6, 2001 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Call the church for additional dates after April 6.
Labyrinth Garden-Emmanuel Lutheran Church-Rockford (public)
23 foot, Cretan design with inlaid paving stone “walls” and mulch paths. 911 Second Ave. From State St. in Rockford: turn south onto 6th St. and turn west onto 2nd Ave. and go 1/2 block. Labyrinth Garden on left behind church. Call 815-963-4815 for details.
Godfrey Congregational Church-Godfrey
40′ grass and stone, Santa Rosa design with bench in the center for resting/reflecting. Open 24 hours. There is a cafe and shop.
Travel north from Alton on US67 toward Jerseyville for 5 miles. Pass Lewis and Clark Community College on left and take next left at Mulberry Street. The labyrinth is located behind Godfrey Congregational Church, 6104 Godfrey Road, opposite Josephine’s Tea Rooms. Ample parking and wheel chair accessible. For information call the church: (618) 466-3640.
QUAD CITIES LOCATIONS
First Presbyterian Church-East Moline (public)
The Labyrinth is an 84-foot Chartres pattern mowed into the grass. Open sunrise to sunset. Directions: From Avenue of the Cities (formerly 42nd Avenue in East Moline), head north on 7th Street (toward downtown). Turn right on 25th Avenue and go two blocks. The church is on the left; park in the lot next to the church. The Labyrinth is located immediately across 25th Avenue from the parking lot. 777 25th Avenue. Pastor Rebecca Sherwood – (309) 755-1595 or http://www.fpcem.org/labyrinth.htm.
Faith Lutheran Church-Moline (public)
20-foot, 5-Circuit, Modified Chartres made of brick and grass. Open dawn to dusk. 1611 41st St. 309-762-2824
Unity Church of Christianity-Moline (public)
30′ grass and brick Classical, 7-Circuit. Open dawn to dusk. 5102 47th Avenue. Rev. Dean Van Wie 309-762-1066 or www.unityqc.org.
First Lutheran Church-Rock Island (public)
30′ grass, Classical 7-Circuit. Open dawn to dusk. Pastor Greg Mayer 309-788-9661
Quad-City Labyrinth Project-Davenport (open during events)
36′ indoor canvas 11-Circuit Chartres labyrinth. Pat McLaughlin 563-323-1737 mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
http://www.charityadvantage.com/QuadCity_Labyrinth_ProjectAYSDYT/EventsCalendar.asp for list of current dates and times for labyrinth events.
First Congregational United Church of Christ-DeWitt (open during events)
36′ indoor canvas 11-Circuit Chartres labyrinth and 36′ outdoor grass Chartres labyrinth. Joyce Erling (563) 659-3166 www.ucc.websites.net/firstcongdewittia.html
Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat (by appointment)
60′ crushed stone Heart of Chartres design. On 257th Street, 1 1/2 miles off County Road Y4E between Wheatland and Big Rock.
Sr. Joann Kuebrich, CHM 563-336-8415 or www.chmiowa.org/prairie_retreat.cfm