Chicago Bicentennial Celebration of the Birth of Bahá'u'lláh

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South Shore Cultural Center

7059 South South Shore Drive

Chicago, IL 60649

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Every year, Bahá’ís all over the world celebrate two special occasions, the Births of Bahá’u’lláh (born 1817) and the Báb (born 1819), the two successive Prophets who are the central Figures in the Bahá’í Faith. The years, 2017 and 2019, are particularly special as each of these years marks a 200th year anniversary of the birth of one of these two revered Figures.

This year, on Saturday, October 21, the Báhá’ís of Chicago will be holding the 200th year anniversary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh, the first of two major celebrations for these two Figures (2019 will mark the 200th year anniversary of the Birth of the Bab). These Holy Days mark the happiest and most festive time for Bahá’is, and the Baha’i community is delighted to invite our friends, neighbors and acquaintances to come and partake of these celebrations!

About the Celebration:

6:00 pm - Doors open with interactive exhibits and performance, such as Second Nature Jazz Quintet!

7:30 pm - Auditorium presentations: dynamic music, dance, and presentations by local artists, including Van Gilmer (composer, vocalist, and choir director at the Baha'i House of Worship), Emily Price (mezzo-soprano who sings with Chicago a cappella, the Lyric Opera Chorus, and Grant Park Music Festival Chorus), Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Tsukasa Taiko, and more!

Please contact the Chicago Baha’i Community’s Task Force via the following email address with thoughts or questions: chicago.bahai.bicentennial@gmail.com.

FAQs

Do I have to pay to attend?
Admission is free!

Are there minimum age requirements to enter the event?
All ages are welcome to attend! There will be children’s activities, but children should be accompanied by an adult at all times, as the venue is public.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please contact the Chicago Baha’i Community’s Task Force via the following email address with thoughts or questions: chicago.bahai.bicentennial@gmail.com.

Do I have to bring a printed ticket to the event?
No need! The event registration page is just to help us estimate the number of attendees and plan accordingly.

Can I register for others?
Yes! If you haven’t registered yet, please do so! Planners need to get a head count for the light refreshments. Thank you!

Will there be food?
There will be light refreshments, but we encourage you to eat a hearty meal before you come to the event.

Do I have to be a Bahá’í to attend?
We welcome all to attend this event! You do not have to be a member of the Bahá’í Faith to attend this event. Please bring your friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers!

Is this event ADA accessible?
Yes. The South Shore Cultural Center has accessible ramps and seating for the event.

What is the dress code?
There is no specific dress code, however, this is a celebratory event, so feel free to dress as you would to celebrate a special occasion!

How do I get to the event?

More parking information is located on the event website, but it is recommended that attendees take public transportation or car pool. On-site parking is limited at the event and is metered ($2 per hour). Access to a nearby off-site parking lot will be available & free, though limited also.

**Please note, photos will be taken at this event for promotional/archival purposes.

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South Shore Cultural Center

7059 South South Shore Drive

Chicago, IL 60649

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