Every time that I have visitors from out of town, I have to show them Baha'i Temple located on Chicago's North Shore in Wilmette.
The architecture is absolutely stunning. You would think, because it is a religious building that you would not be welcome unless you were a member. There is a visitor center on the bottom level. There are several of these in the world and this is the only one, right here in our backyard, in the USA.
The auditorium is open every day of the year from 7am until 10pm
10 am to 5 pm October 1 - April 30
10 am to 8 pm. May 1 - September 30
Parking is free and there is no donation box at the premises. They only accept donations from members.
There are 48 comments on Yelp with an average 5 star rating.
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The cornerstone for the Bahá'í House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois was brought to the site by Nettie Tobin and accepted in 1912 by 'Abdu'l-Bahá during his only visit to the United States and Canada. Construction began in 1921 and was completed in 1953, with a delay of several years during the Great Depression and World War II. The Wilmette House of Worship is the largest and the oldest surviving Bahá'í House of Worship. Known by Baha'is as the "Mother Temple of the West" and formally as the "Bahá'í House of Worship for the North American The cladding is made of white portland cement concrete with both clear and white quartz aggregate. It has received numerous design awards, and is a prominent Chicago-area landmark. In 1978, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
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