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Wilmette, Illinois

Explore The History and Teachings of the Baha'i Faith

Visit the Only Baha'i House of Worship on the continent and learn about its history and significance.

Only a handful of Baha'i temples exist in the world, and one of these pristine structures is located right in Chicago's backyard—built in 1953, the Wilmette Baha'i House of Worship is the oldest standing Baha'i House of Worship in the world.

Baha'is say: "The House of Worship a unique gift that belongs to all of humanity. It is for contemplation. It is for prayer. It is made to be a haven for all who need to find relief and shelter in the midst of a hectic world. It exists to serve the spiritual needs of everyone."

Join us as we explore the well-kept gardens that adorn the outside of the white domed structure and walk through the halls of the visitor's center, a location voted one of the "Seven Wonders of Illinois." We will learn about the history and construction of this sacred place, and time will be available at the end of the tour for personal exploration and meditation inside the prayer room. 


  • Look for your Field Agent when arriving at the temple to check in. 
  • No age restriction.
  • Parking is available in a few lots nearby.
  • Walking shoes are a good idea!
  • Limited ADA access.
  • Photographs are allowed everywhere, except inside the temple itself.
  • This ticket is non-refundable, but you can transfer it by following this handy Eventbrite tutorial. 
  • Costs associated with this tour directly benefit the Illinois Obscura Society. The House of Worship does not require a separate fee for access and no donations will be accepted.


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