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Baha'i House of Worship

Open today: 06:00 - 22:00
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Oasis of Tranquility

Gardeners, architecture enthusiasts, and, most of all, the spiritually minded, should visit the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Jersey City, New Jersey
Fascinating place

A decided oddity for tChicago's northshore, this whimsical, bright white structure grabs attention... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Chicago, Illinois
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“welcome center”(23 reviews)
“sheridan road”(18 reviews)
“purple line”(16 reviews)
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
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 12 May 2003

The first time I saw a photograph of this House of Worship I tried to determine the angles of the sides I could not see. A nine-sided building is unusual. It was built by members of the Baha'i faith in the first half of the...More

6  Thank Pioneer6554
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 10 December 2012

I wasn't impressed with this place. The size of it it's probably the only pleasant thing about it. I find it aesthetically confused. Maybe that's because it's trying to combine too many things. Worth stopping by, but don't expect too much.

2  Thank Benjamin N
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All reviews welcome center sheridan road purple line baha'i faith beautiful building visitor center is spiritual place intricate designs quiet contemplation lake michigan bahai temple northwestern university chicago area the lower level amazing architecture definitely worth the trip open to the public
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Gardeners, architecture enthusiasts, and, most of all, the spiritually minded, should visit the Baha’i House of Worship in Wilmette. This is an oasis of tranquility, a beautiful and original building, surrounded by lovely gardens. The Baha’i faith is inclusive, so all are welcome. Should you...More

Thank NikaJunie
Reviewed 1 week ago

A decided oddity for tChicago's northshore, this whimsical, bright white structure grabs attention. The Baha'i faith is well explained in the visitor's center. The house itself is absolutely stunning inside. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank N D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Meditate in this beautifully architected site. Green surroundings, easy parking. Nice views, close to the lake.

Thank mt_wmc
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

one of the best example of architecture ,this place attracts lots of tourists.Very good location and very green in nature this place is a must visit in Chicago.

Thank 666kukreti
Reviewed 9 October 2018

I knew nothing about this religion until I visited the temple. Architecture is amazing. This is probably the most peaceful place in Chicago.

Thank Charles B
Reviewed 4 October 2018

The Baha'i religion is unique. It incorporates and is made up with the beliefs and teachings of virtually every religion know to man. Everyone is welcome and it is worth a look. It is the only temple for the Baha'i in North America. There are...More

Thank niceguyfromchi
Reviewed 3 October 2018

Great Location, such a serene and beautiful architecture. they have great chorus, must have experience if you get a chance. good volunteers to help you around, Bella was so kind to answer our questions. do go around the Gilson park too.

Thank akhilesh t
Reviewed 3 September 2018

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

1  Thank Merrill M
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
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3 July 2018|
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Response from Sandra K | Reviewed this property |
sorry, unable to get back to you in a reasonable time. I hope you enjoyed your visit and wore something respectful for the visit
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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