The Bahá’í House of Worship for North America


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

  • Watch a movie about the history of the Temple and learn how the Bahá’ís are building communities
  • Linger in the gardens
  • Return as often as you like
  • Connect with our staff and volunteer guides
  • Explore the history of the Temple
  • Pray and meditate in the Temple auditorium

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
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, March 9th, 7:00 PM
  • Study Class: Sundays 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM and Tuesdays 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

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

During snow and ice conditions, which makes climbing steps dangerous, the doors to the Temple will be closed. Visitors may enter through the lower level of the Temple between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. only. Call the Bahá'í Public Safety Office for the current status: 847-853-2312.


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