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Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple

875 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL 60301
708-838-8873
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Ranked #5 of 16 attractions in Oak Park
Type: Architectural Buildings
Traveler Description: In September 2009, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple will celebrate its centennial—100 years since this Masterpiece on the Prairie was dedicated... more »
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Buffalo Grove, Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Don't miss the Temple constructed from 1906 to 1908. Notice the great symmetrical form of the building, it is really the perfect place of worship

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Oak Park, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is an extraordinary building. Doesn't look nearly as impressive on the outside as on the inside, and it is well worth taking some free time to see some of Wright's best design work. It also highlights where he did not, perhaps, get it right. Evidence of his continual battle with water, where concrete and other materials have begun to... More

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Oak Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The building is a big concrete block on the outside but beautiful on the inside. Go when there is a church service because the music is usually great and they expect visitors. Or go see an event here such as a book signing. Check the schedule because tour times are limited.

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Oak Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

We have been here many times over the past 26 years--church services, Taize meditation, book reading, memorial service, concerts, lectures, etc.. It is unique and representative of the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, whose home and studio are a few blocks away (and also well worth a visit).

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Portland, Oregon
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70 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

There are tours, with lots of information, but attending a Sunday service is another great way to experience it. We attended a service, sat in the pews, uncomfortable in the way that folks taller then FLW are, and enjoyed the time to "take in" the surrounds. Cool sanctuary.

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indianapolis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

Alexander McCall Smith is a popular Scottish author and law professor. His recent US tour to launch his newest book brought him to Oak Park and this particular forum. His lecture was absolutely delightful and it was undoubtedly enhanced by the location. I'd guess-timate there were 300+ in attendance for his presentation and yet it felt very intimate. What a... More

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Ridgeland, Mississippi
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82 reviews 82 reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

Great example of Wright's vision for public buildings. Very cold looking on the outside, but beautiful on the inside. Some of Wright's stunning linear designs and patterns began with this building. Other architects copied his use of reinforced concrete construction. Unfortunately, there are no regularly scheduled tours, but we ran into a volunteer who told us more about the structure.... More

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Miami
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

We are huge FLW fans and visited Unity Temple as part of our Oak Park self guided walking tour purchased at the FLW home and studio. You do have to pay extra to get into the temple. It doesn't look that exciting from the outside, but once you get inside the soothing colors and style of the sanctuary are a... More

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

Having read some of the reviews, I almost didn't bother with this but am glad I did. Externally it's a pretty ugly looking building that you could easily walk past without a second glance but I found the interior fascinating. It's so unlike any temple or church I've ever been in. I didn't get that feeling of being in a... More

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Chicago
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013 via mobile

I love Frank Lloyd Wright's designs but the Tample is not his best. Unfortunately it was not worth the ticket price for my guest and myself. His home and studio on the other hand, definitely yes!

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