Saturday marks the last tour of Unity Temple, the famous church in Oak Park designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It’s closing to the public until 2017 for restoration. The congregation is moving to a new church while construction is underway. Reverend Alan Taylor, the senior minister joins us to talk about the move, and how a congregation reconciles the sometimes competing needs of a worship community, and a famous landmark. Also, we trace the history of gospel music, including some deep roots in Chicago.
Several public charter schools want to relocate and some of their proposals are drumming up a lot of controversy. Principals, parents, and aldermen from the north side showed up at a public hearing Thursday at Chicago Public Schools headquarters to oppose a new high school that wants to relocate to a building at Irving Park road and Lakeshore drive. Others were concerned about charters moving into the closed schools from 2013. WBEZ education reporter Becky Vevea has the latest. And, we hear from rap group Poetic Pilgrimage.
Parishioners at Cardinal Francis George’s boyhood church aremourning him right now. The former long-time head of the Archdiocese of Chicago died Friday from cancer. He was 78. WBEZ’s Lynette Kalsnes went to his old church on Chicago’s Northwest Side to learn more. Also, we look at Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's first 100 days in office. And, The Breakfast Club celebrates 30 years.