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.
Ownership of Unity Temple, architect Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece in Oak Park, could be transferred to an organization separate from church as part of a new plan to raise at least $10 million to restore the landmark building.
As host and producer of 99% Invisible, Roman Mars has explored everything from the Purple Hotel – Lincolnwood, IL's most famous building – to poetically-named structures in Santiago, Chile. Here Mars brings his eye for design, his talent for storytelling, and his rich layers of music and sound effects to Unity Temple.
A day before sitting behind the drumkit for two of Bruce Springsteen's sold-out concerts at Wrigley Field last weekend, E Street Band drummer and Frank Lloyd Wright devotee Max Weinberg entertained a small audience at Oak Park's Unity Temple.
A couple of days ago, I was inspired by a string of sultry summery days to do one of my favorite things: take a water taxi along the Chicago River.My trip was a short jaunt to the DuSable Bridge – at this stage they’re only running full routes on weekends. And it's no surprise why – at 2 p.m.