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The spectacular Bahá'í House of Worship

Wilmette [8] is located 16 miles north of Chicago, on what is known as Chicago's North Shore. It is the location of the world's oldest still standing Bahá'í House of Worship.


Get in

  • Metra train from downtown Chicago (Ogilvie Transportation Center)
  • Close by Interstate I-90/94, known locally as the Edens Expressway.
  • By taxi, from O'Hare airport
  • By Pace bus from neighboring suburbs
  • Linden Purple Line CTA stop

Get around

  • Pace Bus
  • Car


  • Baha'i House of Worship, 100 Linden Avenue (at Sheridan, three blocks east of Linden CTA stop), +1 847 853-2300, [1]. Daily 6AM-10PM. A cultural and architectural wonder.
  • Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Avenue (two blocks east of Wilmette Metra stop), +1 847 251-7424, [2]. Has movies and live performances.


  • Gillson park [9] for beach, sailing, tennis, picnic, marina, playground, dog beach.
  • Wallace Bowl, an outside theater located at Gillson Park. Originally built by the WPA, it was recently rehabbed to its original specifications. Free concerts and plays are available in the warm weather months. [10].
  • Centennial Pool, [11].
  • Centennial Ice Rink, [12].
  • Wilmette Public Library, [13].
  • Wilmette's public golf course, [14].
  • Go do gymnastics at the Community Recreation Center, [15].
  • Chestnut Street Beach


Souvenirs at the Crystal Cave.


  • Piero's Pizza, 335 Ridge Road, +1 847 251-5550 and +1 847 256-5550, [3]. Best pizza on the North Shore.
  • Tsing Tao. Located on Green Bay Road. Chinese-American food.
  • Wilmette Chuck Wagon, 1120 Central Ave, +1 847 256-0120. Greek, burgers, and hotdogs.
  • Kama Kura, Central Street. Sushi and Japanese cuisine.
  • The Noodle, 708 12th Street, +1 847 251-2228 (fax: +1 847 251-2299), [4]. Lunch: M-F 11:30AM-2:30PM; Dinner: M-Th 5PM-9PM, F-Sa 5PM-10PM, Su 4:30PM-8:30PM.
  • Akai Hana, 3223 W Lake Ave, +1 847 251-0384, [5]. M-Sa 5PM-9PM, Su 4PM-8PM.
  • Homer's Ice Cream, 1237 Green Bay Road, +1 847 251-0477 (fax: +1 847 251-0495), [6].
  • Ridgeview Grill, [16]
  • Burhops, [17]
  • Lou Malnati's Pizza, 3223 Lake Avenue, +1 847 256-5780 (fax: +1 847 256-8979), [7]. M-Th 4PM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-11PM, Su 11AM-9PM. Carry-out only.


  • Charlie's Coffee House, [18] has live music at night.
  • C. J. Arthur's, [19] has live music and great dinners.
  • Meier's Tavern.


There are no hotels located in Wilmette. Try hotels in Evanston, Skokie, or Glenview.

Get out

Routes through Wilmette
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