The Baha’is of Evanston, IL, have a rich history and longstanding association with their city. A highlight of Baha'i history in Evanston was in 1912, when ‘Abdu’l-Baha, the son of the Founder of the Baha’i Faith, Baha’u'llah, visited Evanston and spoke at Northwestern University.
Evanston is also home to the Baha’i National Center, located at 1233 Central Street, the administrative offices of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States. We are also in close proximity to the Baha’i House of Worship for the North American Continent, located in Wilmette, one of only seven Baha’i Temples in the world.
Our prayer meetings, classes for children and teens, study circles, and other activities generally take place in homes, community centers, and other locations around Evanston. Our activities are open to everyone, and everyone is warmly welcomed to participate–being a member is not required. The Baha’i Faith places great emphasis on the independent investigation of truth, so everyone’s path of exploration, worship and service is respected and honored.