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

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, and modest dress is recommended. If hungry or thirsty, please use the picnic and park areas nearby. For accessibility reasons, guide dogs are the only animals allowed. Remember to secure bicycles to the racks before entering the grounds, and please be aware that commercial photography at the Temple requires prior permission.

Plan your visit
Directions

(select map for directions)


Contact
Upcoming Programs and Events
  • Devotional Services: 9:15 AM and 12:30 PM
  • Spanish Services, every first Sunday at 1:15 PM
  • Presentation on the Bahá'í Faith, Sundays 1:00 PM

  • Birth of the Báb, Nov. 12, 7:00 PM
  • Birth of the Báb, Nov. 13, 7:00 AM
  • Birth of Bahá’u’lláh, Nov. 14, 7:00 AM and 4:00 PM
  • Day of the Covenant, Nov. 25, 7:30 PM
  • Day of the Covenant, Nov. 26, 7:00 AM
  • Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Nov. 28, 4:00 AM and 7:00 AM

Temple and Gardens Hours
  • Open every day from 6:00 AM-10:00 PM

Welcome Center Hours
  • May 15 - September 15, 10:00 AM-8:00 PM

Accessibility
  • Wheelchair access to the Temple Auditorium is through the northern entrance.