Tiny religious community finally has its own meeting place in Oak Park

HOME, AT LAST: Amy Gandomi Lewis is an Oak Parker who has been a Baha’i her whole life. She now has a local place of worship at 126 N. Oak Park Ave.
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Twenty miles from the grand Baha'i House of Worship in Wilmette is basement space on Oak Park Avenue, just below the Oberweis Ice Cream and Dairy store. And for members of the local Baha'i community, this just-opened center is even more a blessing than the northern temple of many gardens that's been called one of the seven wonders of Illinois.

"Great joy and a feeling of accomplishment are what we are feeling right now," said Carol Yetkin, a Baha'i since 1979. "We've been systematically planning and working for this for a long time."

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