The Bahá'í House of Worship for North America
The Baha'i House of Worship
100 Linden Avenue
Wilmette, IL 60091
Auditorium and Gardens:
Year round, 6 am-10 pm
September 16 - May 14, 10 am-5 pm
May 15 - September 15, 10 am-8 pm
The Bookshop closes one hour prior to Welcome Center closing times.
Services: All are welcome. Brief prayer services are held every day, beginning promptly at 9:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Prayers are offered in Spanish on the first Sunday of each month at 1:15 p.m.
The a cappella House of Worship Choir sings at the 12:30 p.m. service on the first three Sundays of each month.
An introductory power point presentation on the Baha'i Faith is offered every Sunday at 1:00 p.m. in the Viewing Room of the Welcome Center.
See the full list of upcoming House of Worship Programs and Activities.
Parking: The main Baha’i House of Worship Parking Lot, on Linden Avenue, will be closed until further notice due to construction. Here are nearby parking options.
Accessibility: The auditorium is accessible through the lower level. Read about
wheel chair accessibility here.
Bus Accessibility: Bus access to Linden Avenue is currently not permitted.
Buses may load and unload on Sheridan Road at the northwest corner of Linden Avenue and Sheridan Road, with the buses coming from the north, stopping at Linden and Sheridan facing south. (Vehicles over 10 tons are prohibited from crossing the Linden Avenue bridge just west of the House of Worship and, because of construction, it is not possible for buses to turn around in the House of Worship parking lot.)
“Verily, the founding of this temple will mark the inception of the Kingdom of God on earth. It is the evident standard waving in the center of the great continent of America.”
“The doors will be open to all sects — no differentiation; and by God’s help this temple will prove to be to the body of human society what the soul is to the body of man.”— `Abdu'l-Bahá
One of only seven Baha'i temples in the world at present, this unique structure symbolizes unity and invites prayer to God. The quiet serenity of the Baha'i House of Worship reflects the spiritual truths of the Baha'i Faith: the oneness of God, the oneness of humanity and the oneness of religion. Like all Baha'i Houses of Worship, the temple in Wilmette has nine sides and is surrounded by exquisite gardens and fountains.
For information about Baha'i worship services near you, visit our Prayer and Devotions page.