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  • A Taste of Hyde Park
    There's a lot more to Hyde Park than the prominent cultural and academic institutions here, and A Taste of Hyde Park is all about sharing those things. On walking tours that cover both iconic sites and little-known gems, they share a glimpse into the neighborhood's cuisine, culture, and history with insider tips along the way. Stops may include restaurants, caf?s, and sweet shops, where groups are greeted with small samples while learning more about the area. Additionally, A Taste of Hyde Park offers seasonal outings. Spooky, Halloween-themed tours, for one, recount some of the neighborhood's paranormal legends, including tales about lawyer Clarence Darrow's ghost at the Museum of Science and Industry and why it's always doing the jitterbug.
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    5226 S Harper Ave.
    Hyde Park, IL US
  • Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple
    "You know, Unity Temple is my contribution to modern architecture"—bold, blunt, and revolutionary, Frank Lloyd Wright single-handedly forged the Prairie school of architecture, of which Unity Temple is perhaps the purest example. Built between 1905 and 1908, the church broke all of the traditional rules, replacing the steeple with low, flat roofs, removing the prominent entranceway to create a sense of monolithic austerity, and most daringly of all, using poured concrete as not just a structural element but an architectural one. This honest exposure of a conventionally hidden material reflected the philosophy of a man who valued genuine candor over sweetened niceties, whether in word or in stone. More than a century since its construction, the church is in the midst of an ongoing restoration, funded by member sponsorship and daily admission fees. Although the interior still luxuriates in the wash of natural light from the stained glass ceiling, and the boxy, modern light fixtures flicker on, the exterior faces severe weathering due mainly to Wright's eternally before-his-time designs, which failed to account for the effects of water and time on concrete, and an infestation of rockbiters in the 70s.
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    875 Lake St.
    Oak Park, IL US
  • Ernest Hemingway Museum
    The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park fosters understanding of the life and work of Ernest Hemingway, with emphasis on his Oak Park origins and his impact on world literature. We run the Hemingway Birthplace Home and the Hemingway Museum, plus offering scholarly and popular programming and entertainment year-round.
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    339 North Oak Park Avenue
    Oak Park, IL US
  • Pleasant Home Foundation
    One of the best examples of Prairie School Architecture in the U.S., Pleasant House mingles grandeur with simplicity. Visitors to the National Historic Landmark building enter through a broad porch which architect George Washington Maher adorned with decorated motifs using roman bricks and stone. Once within, students of architecture will recognize familiar turn-of-the-century Prairie elements: airy open spaces, glittering art-glass windows, and intricate carvings. As the 120th anniversary of the building draws near, guests can explore Pleasant Home's 30 rooms of original and restored pieces on docent-guided tours that run every Thursday through Sunday. The house also hosts a a full calendar of lectures and classes, classical and jazz performances, locally-produced theater, and children's programming to inspire the next generation of architects.
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    217 Home Avenue
    Oak Park, IL US
  • Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust
    If you want to gain insight into one of history’s great architect, better check out his home. The first building over which Wright exerted complete artistic control was also his home for 20 years, and today it stands as a living archive of Wright’s early experimentation. On guided tours, visitors can see plenty of examples of Wright’s signature style, including his bold geometry and use of space, as well as several models and drawings.
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    951 Chicago Ave.
    Oak Park, IL US

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