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“…. 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.

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 open to the public every day of the year. It 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.

How can we help you?

Please submit this form for special requests, including:

  • Prayer requests
  • Weddings
  • Arranging a group tour
  • Help with a student project

See the House of Worship event calendar here. Admission is always free.

Auditorium

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.

Welcome Center

In the 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.

Presentation on the Bahá’í Faith:
Sundays at 1:00 p.m.

Conversations exploring the Bahá’í Faith:
Tuesdays 6:00 p.m.
Fridays 7:00 p.m.
Saturdays 1:00 p.m.
In our Fireside Room

Upcoming Event

Bicentenary 2019

October 2019 will mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of the forerunner and herald of the Baha’i Faith, the Báb, who paved the way for the appearance of Bahá’u’lláh.

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October 29 and 30th @ 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Devotions in the Auditorium followed by light refreshments in the Temple’s lower level. A screening of Dawn of the Light will follow.

Events Calendar

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.

Man Speaking

People Praying

Learn and Rejuvenate in Our Welcome Center

Our Welcome Center, open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 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.

Man Reading

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 Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m., Fridays at 7:00 p.m., and Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. for facilitated discussions about the basic teachings of the Bahá’í 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.

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