“…. a haven for the deepest contemplation on spiritual reality and foundational questions of life.”
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.
We are located at 100 Linden Ave in Wilmette, Ill. Parking is available on-site. The CTA Purple Line Linden Station is a few blocks away. During winter months, please check this website or call 847-853-2300 to confirm the auditorium is accessible.
How can we help you?
Please submit this form for special requests, including:
- Prayer requests
- Arranging a group tour
- Help with a student project
See Photography Guidelines for information about taking photographs at the House of Worship.
Admission is always free.
A gift of prayers in English and Spanish:
The Temple Auditorium is open
Every day from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. During winter months, please check this website or call 847-853-2300 to confirm the auditorium is accessible.
Daily Devotional Programs: Brief programs of prayers and readings (about 15 minutes) are shared in the Auditorium at the following times:
- Daily at 12:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
- On Sundays at 12:30 p.m. the program is about 30 minutes and includes a capella singing and a written program on a particular theme. Afterwards, everyone is invited to a group discussion on the theme of that day’s program. (Discussion held in the lower level of the Temple, accessed by elevator or stairs.)
Programas Devocionales en Español
1er domingo de cada mes a las 2:00 p.m. en el Auditorio del templo
Seguida por una presentación en Español sobre la Fe Bahá’í a las 2:45 p.m. en el Centro de Bienvenida
The Welcome Center is open to visitors during the following hours:
Every day from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The Welcome Center Bookshop is open every day:
- Wednesday: 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- All other days: 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
We regret that restrooms are not available on the House of Worship property when the Welcome Center is closed.
Visitor and photography guidelines.
Upcoming Baha’i Holy Days:
March 21 – Naw Ruz (New Year): Devotional program in the Temple Auditorium at 12:30 p.m., followed by refreshments.
April 21 – First Day of the Festival of Ridvan: Devotional program at 3:00 p.m. in the Temple Auditorium.
April 29 – Ninth Day of the Festival of Ridvan: Devotional program in the Temple Auditorium at 12:30 p.m., followed by refreshments.
May 2 – Twelfth Day of the Festival of Ridvan: Devotional program at 12:30 p.m. in the Temple Auditorium.
Regularly held programs:
Presentation on the Baha’i Faith: PowerPoint presentation with Q&A – Sundays: 1:15 p.m. to about 2:15 p.m. in the lower level of the Welcome Center
Conversations Exploring the Baha’i Faith: Join in an informal discussion: Fridays: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Welcome Center
Meditation Sessions: First Wednesdays of the month from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Meet in the Welcome Center at 7:30 p.m. for brief discussion then meditate quietly in the Temple, followed by brief discussion. Optional REGISTRATION and more information at Eventbrite.
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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 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.
The Welcome Center is located just west of the Temple on Linden Avenue. At the Welcome Center you may explore the history of the Temple and the early American Bahá’ís, watch a short film, visit the bookshop, and connect with volunteer guides and staff.
The Fireside Room
This room, located in the visitors center, is a place to relax and prepare yourself before exploring the temple or a relaxing space to explore spiritual conversations with the other guest and temple guides.
Visitor Guidelines in this Sacred Space
Visitors 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 guidelines: Group photography requires prior permission. Fashion, modeling or commercial photography is not permitted. Photography of any kind is not permitted in the Auditorium. (see more details)