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Baha'i House of Worship

Open today: 06:00 - 22:00
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A North Shore treasure, amazing architecture and beautiful setting

This is a don't miss stop along Sheridan Road in Wilmette. Be amazed at the openwork concrete... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Merrill M
Northbrook, Illinois
Really cool architecture

While this is not a location to stay for hours, it's an open-to-the-public stop that is really cool... read more

Reviewed 6 August 2018
Buffalo Grove, Illinois
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A special mix of quartz and white cement was developed for the intricate ornamentation on the nine-sided, domed structure.
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100 Linden Ave, At Sheridan Rd., Wilmette, IL 60091-2879
+1 847-853-2300
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a don't miss stop along Sheridan Road in Wilmette. Be amazed at the openwork concrete structure that rests among beautifully maintained gardens. If you have time, go into the visitor center at the lower level and learn a bit about how the building...More

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Reviewed 6 August 2018

While this is not a location to stay for hours, it's an open-to-the-public stop that is really cool in Wilmette. The temple towers over the nearby landscape but has this incredibly 'light' and airy feel to it instead of the potentially oppressive structural elements used...More

Thank ViktorTrue
Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

Chicago hottest weeks of summer can be quite oppressive. That is why we so enjoyed strolling the gardens, viewing the stunning architectural details and sitting in the peaceful cool of this house of worship.

Thank Kristin K
Reviewed 5 July 2018 via mobile

Beautiful structure and place of worship, surrounded by meticulously managed landscape. Free admission, but pictures can't be taken inside. Make certain you stop also at the Welcome center where you can find details of the construction and additional information about Baha'i religion, as well as...More

Thank 4xAZ
Reviewed 26 June 2018

I don't know much about the faith but this is a very beautiful place of worship for the Baha'i followers and they welcome people to come and enjoy and maybe learn more about their faith. The temple is perched on a hill overlooking the lake...More

Thank Julia A
Reviewed 21 June 2018 via mobile

Honestly, it has been many years since I have been there. It is not only beautiful but also Educational If it has changed at all, I know it would only be to improve, if possible. Grounds are magnificent!

Thank riverlgal
Reviewed 20 June 2018 via mobile

I do not share the Baha'i faith, but do value beauty. Such a stunning building and surrounding garden. Our visit today was quite peaceful, and I enjoyed just walking around the grounds and engaging the noon prayer time. The newer visitor center was both welcoming...More

Thank Diane P
Reviewed 18 June 2018

This is one of only 2 in the world! It was started after 1920 and not finished until the depression! Its nickname locally is "God's orange squeezer". It is so lovely and moving inside. Only architecture no icons!

Thank batten2018
Reviewed 17 June 2018 via mobile

Very serene and impressive temple. Certainly good place for prayers. This building took many decades to build. It is amazing to find out about the history of this building. I would recommend anyone who goes to Chicago to visit this temple. It is opened to...More

Thank Lynn W
Reviewed 16 June 2018 via mobile

This temple is quite beautiful, on the inside as well as out. Many wedding parties come here for photo opportunities because of the beautiful building. This is a special place worth a visit.

Thank Bonnie T
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3 July 2018|
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Response from greghert | Reviewed this property |
I would wear respectable clothes
Faizi J
10 February 2018|
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Response from Barbiedollstar | Reviewed this property |
Depends upon traffic conditions which are very congested. I would allow at least 50 minutes to be on the safe side. Also it is much better to go on a sunny, nice day. There is much to see outside and inclement weather can... More
28 January 2018|
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Response from SteveLicata | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is access from the Visitor Center just west of the temple. Ask an usher and they will take you to the rear basement entrance (not open to the general public). There is an elevator that can take you to the... More