The Voters Have Spoken: BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is The Most Beautiful Place in Chicago!

Meredith Francis
Bracket graphic depicting "The Most Beautiful Bracket Challenge"

The final votes are in, and the most beautiful place in Chicago is…technically outside of Chicago! Fans of BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir definitely showed up, with the Hindu temple in Bartlett, Illinois winning an overwhelming majority of the vote. Get a look inside the incredibly ornate sanctuary, which was shipped in 40,000 pieces from India and assembled here like a puzzle.

Here’s the final vote count:

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir: 8,107 (95%)
Unity Temple: 419 (5%)

Though the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir contingent came out strong, these beautiful places are all winners in our book! This competition started with eight of the stunning locations Geoffrey Baer visits in The Most Beautiful Places in Chicago, where he talks to the creators, enthusiasts, and other experts who share how these places in Chicago and its suburbs came to be and why they are meaningful. Stream the show.

Did you miss the vote? Do you want your opinion heard? Submit your favorite beautiful place in and around Chicago, and see what others have to say about our city’s prettiest places.