“…. a haven for the deepest contemplation on spiritual reality and foundational questions of life… Men and women, children and youth, are held in its embrace as equals.”
The Baha’i Writings
Breathe, Reflect, Connect
Every one of us has a soul that longs to connect with its Creator and to contribute to a better world. The Baha’i House of Worship stands as a testament to these purposes, offering a quiet and safe space to go inward and revitalize your sense of purpose in the world.
Here you can lay down your burdens, contemplate your dreams and tend to your spirit. Whatever your faith background or system of belief, you are welcome to use this space for personal prayer, reflection and meditation.
Plan Your visit
The Baha’i House of Worship is located at 100 Linden Ave in Wilmette, IL, a few miles north of Chicago. Parking is available on-site. The Linden Station on the CTA Purple Line is a few blocks away.
See the House of Worship event calendar here. Admission is always free.
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The Auditorium, upstairs, is open for personal prayer and contemplation from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. every day, including holidays.
- Devotional Programs: 9:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. every day.
- Live Choir Music: 12:30 p.m. on the first three Sundays of every month.
Spend part of your day in our serene and peaceful Welcome Center. You can socialize, read books, view displays, watch films, and talk with our friendly tour guides.
- Hours: Every day, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Every Tuesday and Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. in our Fireside Room.
Come hear music composed, written and inspired by Americans of African descent as they came up from slavery singing spirituals, being inspired to write classical compositions, and then infusing the spirituals with the new feel and rhythm of gospel music.
At the Baha’i House of Worship, Foundation Hall, (lower level) Saturday, February 2, 7:30 p.m.
What to Expect
in the Auditorium
Our Auditorium is open every day, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., including all holidays. You are welcome to visit for silent worship and personal contemplation.
During devotional programs, held at 9:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. each day, you will hear readings from the world’s great scriptures. A capella singing and chanting lends the simple beauty of the human voice to many programs.
There is no clergy in the Baha’i Faith and no sermons or speeches are given in the Auditorium. Excerpts from scripture are pre-selected by the House of Worship staff and read aloud by local community members.
The Baha’i House of Worship choir sings at 12:30 p.m. on the first three Sundays of every month.
Learn and Rejuvenate in Our Welcome Center
Our new Welcome Center, open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., offers opportunities to contemplate, engage in meaningful conversation and prepare to visit the Temple.
The Baha’i Faith teaches that every individual can investigate religious and spiritual truth. During your visit, you are free to explore the Baha’i Faith’s unifying teachings, including the oneness of humanity, the common threads among all major religions, and the connection between the human spirit and the betterment of the world.
You are invited to browse our displays, watch introductory films, peruse the bookstore and ask questions of the tour guides.
The Fireside Room
You are welcome to use our Fireside Room to read, visit with your friends and family, or engage in discussion with our tour guides.
Join us on Tuesday and Friday evenings at 7:00 p.m. for facilitated discussions about the basic teachings of the Baha’i Faith.
Being Mindful in this Sacred Space
Guidelines: Shoes and shirts are required. Modest dress is recommended. Guide dogs and other service dogs are the only animals permitted. Please secure bicycles to the racks provided before entering the grounds.
Photography: Group photography requires prior permission. Fashion, modeling or commercial photography is not permitted. Photography of any kind is not permitted in the Auditorium.