The Bahá'í House of Worship for North America
This sacred space is open to all for prayer, quiet contemplation, and spiritual renewal.
Auditorium and Gardens:
Open year round, 6 am-10 pm
May 15 - September 15, 10 am-8 pm
September 16 - May 14, 10 am-5 pm
Please note: The Bookshop will be closed for inventory on May 5, 6, and 7.
Please note: Welcome Center Closed From Monday April 21 to Sunday April 27.
We regret that the Welcome Center, located in the lower level of the Temple, will be closed April 21-27, 2014 for the Baha’i National Convention. The Sanctuary (upper level) of the Temple will be open as usual from 6 am to 10 pm. The 1:00 pm Introductory Presentation will not be held on Sunday April 27. (While the Welcome Center is closed, portable restroom facilities will be available in the Temple Parking Lot on the east side of Sheridan Road. We regret the inconvenience.)
Services: All are welcome. Brief prayer services are held every day, beginning promptly at 9:15 am and 12:30 pm. Prayers are offered in Spanish on the first Sunday of each month at 1:15 pm. The a cappella House of Worship Choir sings at the 12:30 pm service on the first three Sundays of each month
Introductory Presentation on the Baha’i Faith
An introductory power point presentation on the Baha’i Faith is held every Sunday in the lower level Welcome Center of the Baha’i House of Worship. The presentations begin at 1:00 pm, immediately after the 12:30 pm devotional program that is held in the upstairs Sanctuary. All are welcome to attend. Call: 847-853-2300 for further information.
(Please Note: The Introductory Presentation will not be held on Sunday April 27th due to the Baha’i National Convention being held in the lower level of the House of Worship.)
Parking and Accessibility
Please note that the main parking lot accessed from Linden Avenue is closed due to construction. The parking lot accessed from Sheridan Road is open. (More info about parking and accessibility) is available on this site or call the House of Worship’s Office of Public Safety at: 847-853-2312.)
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.