While visiting family in Chicago, my cousin and I went for a drive and came across this intricately carved structure just north of the city.
The Baha'i Temple in Wilmette is an unexpectedly stately building on the shores of Lake Michigan. With multiple religious symbols adorning its nine sides, this is one of the most interesting architectural statements of faith in the U.S.
About a half-hour north of downtown Chicago: 100 Linden Avenue, Wilmette, IL 60091
This is one of the seven Bahá'í Temples in the world, and the only one in North America. It is located, almost strangely, in a wealthy suburb just outside of Chicago. Each of the temples is white, round, has 9 sides, and is surrounded by lush gardens and fountains. Yet, the architectural design for each is uniquely beautiful. The Chicago Temple has the most intricate and compelling ceilings I have ever seen.
The entire structure is humbling and serene as you become aware of your smallness standing below. The design represents unity, and echoes the foundation of the Bahá'í Faith, which is Oneness. Oneness of God, Humanity, and Religion.