Suburban Chicago isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think of major religious centers.
But Wilmette, a small town located less than 10 miles north of the Windy City, is home to the only Bahá’í House of Worship in North America. Dedicated in 1953, the temple—one of seven in the world—took more than three decades to build and features symbols from different world religions in its intricate design, signifying that everyone is welcome. An ornate dome crowns the nine-sided structure and symbolizes the unity of all people and religions under God.
Visitors are welcome to explore the temple and surrounding geometric gardens. You can also call ahead to arrange a group tour.