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Baha'i House of Worship, Wilmette

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The Baháʼí House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois (or Chicago Baháʼí Temple) is a Baháʼí temple in Wilmette, Illinois. It is the second Baháʼí House of Worship ever constructed and the oldest one still standing. It is one of eight continental temples, constructed to serve all of North America.
The temple was designed by French-Canadian architect Louis Bourgeois (1856–1930), who received design feedback from ʻAbdu'l-Bahá during a visit to Haifa in 1920. To convey the Baháʼí principle of the unity of religion, Bourgeois incorporated a variety of religious architecture and symbols. Although ʻAbdu'l-Bahá participated in a ground-breaking ceremony in 1912 that laid a cornerstone, construction began in earnest in the early 1920s and was delayed significantly through the Great Depression and World War II. Construction picked up again in 1947, and the temple was dedicated in a ceremony in 1953.

Baháʼí Houses of Worship are intended to include several social, humanitarian, and educational institutions clustered around the temple, although none have been built to such an extent. The temples are not intended as a local meeting place, but are instead open to the public and used as a devotional space for people of any faith.

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  • I've never visited the Baha'i House of Worship in Wilmette before, and when I saw it, I was completely stunned by this powerful architectural creation: by its symbols of faith, by its dimensions, by....  more
    I've never visited the Baha'i House of Worship in Wilmette before, and when I saw it, I was completely stunned by this powerful architectural creation: by its symbols of faith, by its dimensions, by....  more »
  • Be sure to visit this temple of the Bahai faith. Not only is it beautiful, it is a peaceful setting to admire its lofty interior and just sit in meditation for a while. We felt very welcomed here... 
    Be sure to visit this temple of the Bahai faith. Not only is it beautiful, it is a peaceful setting to admire its lofty interior and just sit in meditation for a while. We felt very welcomed here...  more »
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  • It’s one of my favorite places to visit outside of Chicago city proper. The first time I was taken here, it left me feeling small and minor compared to everything around me which was a good thing. There’s a calm energy that this place exudes. I’ve taken family and friends here when they visit. And usually once or twice a year I bike from my place in the city to spend some alone time. My desire is to visit the other locations around the world.
  • This is an amazing beautiful place to visit. We came on a day in March but it would probably be even better to visit during the warm spring or summer days when all of the outside gardens are in full bloom. It’s free to enter and it’s very beautiful inside as well as out. There’s a bookstore in the visitor center along with lots of information about how it was built in the history of the Bahái’ religion. Highly recommend.

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