The Evanston Bahá'í Community

Welcome from the Bahá'ís who live, work and worship here in Evanston. We lovingly invite you to join us in any of the activities and events listed here.

Across the globe, followers of Bahá’u’lláh and their friends are striving in earnest to contribute to the well-being of their communities and the advancement of society. A Widening Embrace captures some experiences and insights from a selection of neighborhoods and villages, in rural and urban settings. Here, a process of building vibrant communities is unfolding through individual and collective action propelled by a commitment to learning, in the words of Bahá’u’lláh, how to "translate that which hath been written into reality and action."

Who is Bahá’u’lláh?

What is a Baha'i?

"To be a Baha'i simply means to love all the world; to love humanity and try to serve it; to work for universal peace and universal brotherhood." ~ Abdu'l-Baha.

Baha'i Elections - A Truly Spiritual Process

Just click on the event in the calendar to get all of the details.

Bahá'ís host a variety of neighborhood gatherings that are open to anyone who may wish to attend.

A devotion is an informal gathering for prayer and song, led by hosts and their friends and neighbors. There is no clergy in the Bahá'í Faith, meaning that neighborhood gatherings for prayer reflect the families and friends who host them.

A Bahá'í Fireside is an informal meeting that usually has a short presentation in advance of discussion. Topics can be chosen ahead of time, but questions are always welcome and encouraged.

Hosts for these gatherings are happy to answer any questions you have about them.

Connect with the Bahá'ís of Evanston at:

Phone: 847-801-9099 (voice mail) to request a home visit or learn about ongoing study circles, junior youth empowerment program and children's classes.


Mail: P.O. Box 338, Evanston, IL 60204

Serving at a Soup Kitchen

Devotions at 1315 Jenks Street, Evanston every Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. Fellowship over provided soup and bread and potluck sides, then sharing quotes on a specific theme and discussion.

Fun at a Study Circle

The Bahá'ís of Evanston are engaged in a process of spiritual community building that is underway around the world. Through an educational process that connects children, youth and adults with the transformative power of the Word of God, everyone advances together on a path of learning, action and reflection.

Our devotional meetings, classes for children and teens, study circles, and other activities generally take place in homes, community centers, and other locations around Evanston.

This process of personal and collective transformation is open to everyone, and everyone is warmly welcomed to participate–being a member is not required. The Bahá'í Faith places great emphasis on the independent investigation of truth, so everyone’s path of exploration, worship and service is respected and honored.

This Bahá'í Blog has a good article about the Bahá'í Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program, also available in Evanston.

The Bahá'í Faith believes in the spiritual nature and capacity of children. Look here to learn more about family life and local neighborhood children's classes.

The Bahá'ís in the U.S. publish a children's magazine that is available to everyone. To learn more about it, visit Brilliant Star magazine, with extensive pages of stories, lessons, interviews, arts and crafts.

Some articles and videos from Brilliant Star:

Learn to draw the Bahá'í House of Worship

Do You Empower Others?

Rachael Price

Andy Grammer

Justin Baldoni