Bahá’í House of Worship
100 Linden Ave. (Wilmette)
Sat, Oct 13: 10am - 5pm
Sun, Oct 14: 10am - 5pm
Louis Bourgeois, 1953
Visitors to Wilmette's shoreline will find the towering Bahá'í House of Worship hard to miss. The young faith chose to locate its first temple in the western hemisphere here for its geographic centrality, lake views and tranquility. The Bahá'í belief in the unity of religion is communicated throughout the design, with French-Canadian architect Louis Bourgeois bringing together characteristics of religious architecture from around the world. For instance, the Temple’s arabesque panels embrace natural light during the day and illuminate from within at night, creating a “Temple of Light and Unity." The dome is composed of cast concrete panels mounted on a steel superstructure, and, to achieve the whitest possible surface, white Portland cement was combined with crushed quartz. The Temple's planning and construction spanned decades, finally opening in 1953.
Behind the Scenes
Explore the beautifully-landscaped grounds and venture inside, where you'll have an exclusive opportunity to take photos (usually not permitted).
This OHC site has a specially-designed Snapchat geofilter. To use the geofilter, take a photo or video with the Snapchat app with location services enabled, then swipe right through the Snap preview screen to select the #OHC2018 geofilter.