The Bahai is an independent religion founded in Iran more than 100 years ago. Nowadays it is practiced by more than 5 million people throughout the world. Bahai followers believe that God revealed himself through Messengers (Buddha, Muhammad, Christ, Moses, Krishna Abraham, Zoroaster).
It was introduced to Chicago in 1893. Nowadays there are 155,000 Bahaiis in the US.
Now a few words about the temple itself:
Completed in 1953 and designed by French Canadian architect Louis Bourgeois, it is one of only 7 Bahai temples in the world.
Guests of all faiths are welcome to come and pray here. Visitors can also walk in the gardens that surrond the temple (there are fountains, rose bushes and trees there).
The temple looks really cool from outside: white, magnificent, delicate..
If you look at my pic #3, you`ll see that its design has religious symbols, like swastika (do not confuse it with Nazism. It`s an ancient symbol of 'well-being' in Buddhism and Hinduism religions), fish (Christian symbol), star of David (Jewish), etc..
Inside it has only one room with red chairs for praying, where visitors are not allowed to take photos/videos.
There is also a visitors center which offers a movie and free leaflets about Bahai religion in many languages.
OPEN: Every day of the year.
October to April, 30 - 6am till 10pm (Auditorium) and 10am till 5pm (Visitors Center).
May to September, 30 - the same for Auditorium and 10am till 8pm (Visitors Center).
DEVOTIONS: At 9.15am and 12.30pm daily.
TOURS: For group tours, call 847-853-2300. No arrangements are needed for small groups/individuals.
ADDRESS: 100 Linden. It is in the town of Wilmette.
TO GET THERE: It took us 1.5 hours to get there from downtown Chicago. We first took 147 express bus to Howard stop, then hopped on the purple line train from there and got off at Linden (last stop). The temple is a 5 minutes walk East (turn right after exiting the station).
As you are driving north along Sheridan Road in Chicago's northern suburbs, you will see the strange sight of the Bahai Temple. It looks like a cross between a mosque and a Hindu temple, but it is actually a house of worship for the Bahai faith. There is no admission and visitors are welcome. The surrounding gardens make for a serene setting.
Visit the Bahai Temple in Wilmette, Illinois. It has amazing architecture and beatiful grounds. The temple overlooks the lake. The building actually looks like an orange juicer. You will notice it right away as you approach it.
Take Lake Shore Drive to Sheridan Road and continue North. Landmarkers will direct you to it.
Visitors with a vehicle and a desire to visit the lakefront suburbs of Chicago should not miss this.
The Bahai Temple is located on Sheridan Road immediately north of the Evanston/Wilmette border. Situated on a gentle rise overlooking the lake and the Wilmette Yacht Club it is a lovely stopping-off point for those driving to Ravinia or the Botanic Gardens.
A visitor's center in the lower level offers displays and background information on both the building and the Bahai faith. When services are not in progress visitors may enter the main building to view the intricate Persian-style tracery in the dome.
The parking lot is located west of the building and is accessible from Linden St.
The Baha'i House Of Worship which is located to the north of Chicago is well worth a visit (if you have the time) in my opinion.
It's located at:
100 Linden Ave
you can get more information from http://chicago. sidewalk. citysearch. com/E/V/CHIIL/0024/26/05/
On the road from Evanston to Wilmette this magnificent building was completed in 1953. As one of the seven major houses of worship in the world, this is the only one in North America.