The Bahá’í House of Worship for North America

Light of Unity Festival: Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh

We invite you to join us for a weekend of festivities celebrating the lives and legacies of the Founders of the Baha'i Faith. For free tickets to these events please visit

Light of Unity Festival

On Friday, October 20th from 7:30 to 9:00pm the Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra will join the Baha'i House of Worship Choir for a concert in Foundation Hall.

On Saturday, October 21st, we will celebrate the anniversary of the birth of the Bab, with a full day events, including concerts, devotional programs, and an archives exhibit.

On Sunday, October 22nd, we will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Baha'u'llah with a full day of events, including concerts, devotional program, and an archives exhibit.

A Symbol of the Oneness of Humanity

This sacred space, located in Wilmette, Illinois, is for all people to commune with God. It elevates the spirit and is a magnet for the hearts of all who long for peace and harmony. All are welcome. Bahá’í Houses of Worship join worship of God with service to humanity. This profound relationship between worship and service is strengthened through prayer.

Service to humanity is service to God. Let the love of the light of the Kingdom radiate through you until all who look upon you shall be illumined by its reflection.”
From the Bahá’í Writings

What You Can Do at the Temple

This House of Worship was built and is maintained by voluntary contributions from members of the Bahá’í Faith. It is a gift for all people to use for personal prayer and meditation.

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    Meditate in the Temple Auditorium, a spiritual haven for quiet contemplation and prayer.
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    Linger in the gardens. They are part of the sacred space and serve as outdoor rooms for prayer. Feel free to linger and walk on the grass.
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    Watch a short film, join in an interactive talk, and visit the bookshop in the lower level of the Welcome Center.
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    Explore the history of the Temple, the early American Bahá’ís, and the worldwide Bahá’í community.
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    Connect with our volunteer guides and staff, sign up for our newsletter, and locate Bahá’ís in your own community. Participate in the many programs and activities offered throughout the year.
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    Return to the Temple as often as you like. This House of Worship is a gift to you from Bahá’ís across the world.

Being Mindful in this Sacred Space

  • 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.
Plan your visit

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  • The presentation scheduled for Sunday October 22nd has been cancelled.

  • Due to the Bicentenary events being held at the Temple the movie will not be shown in the lower level of the Welcome Center from Wednesday, October 18 to Tuesday, October 24. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Upcoming Programs and Events
  • Devotional Services: 9:15 AM and 12:30 PM
  • Spanish Devotions, every first Sunday at 11:00 AM
  • Presentation on the Bahá'í Faith in Spanish, every first Sunday, 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
  • Presentation on the Bahá'í Faith, Sundays 1:00 PM and Wednesdays 3:00 PM
  • Children's Classes, Sundays 10:00 AM
  • Fireside Conversations every Friday evening, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
  • Spanish Fireside Conversation, Friday, November 10th, 7:00 PM

Light of Unity Festival

  • Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Bahá'u'lláh
  • From September 10 - November 12, 2017, the Baha'i House of Worship is collaborating with like-minded individuals and organizations throughout Chicagoland to share the unifying principles of the Baha'i Faith: Race Unity, Gender Equality, Harmony of Science & Religion, and Oneness of Humankind.

  • For more information please visit or contact the Baha'i House of Worship at 847-853-2300

Temple and Gardens Hours
  • Open every day from 6:00 AM-10:00 PM
  • For information about having a Bahá’í wedding or obtaining permission for Group photography including wedding, engagement and quinceanera photos; please call 847-853-2300.

Welcome Center Hours
  • Winter (September 16 - May 14) 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
  • Summer (May 15 - September 15) 10:00 AM-8:00 PM

  • For wheelchair access to the Temple Auditorium contact Welcome Center staff: 847-853-2300