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Frank Lloyd Wright and the Chicago Facts Scavenger Hunt at Unity Temple

Fulbright students gathered outside the main Unity Temple area prior to the beginning of the event

By Cristina Sisson  — VISITING FULBRIGHT STUDENTS and scholars joined Fulbright alumni members on Saturday, September 29th, 2012 from 11:30 am. -2 pm. for the annual Fall Welcome, the first event of the new academic year.

Linda Gruber and Ana Gil-García met at Unity Temple after Dr. Gil-García’s return from teaching in Egypt.

A packed room of over eighty guests shared lunch together at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity House, the secular social space of Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois. After a welcome by our chapter president, Elio Leturia, visiting Fulbrighters competed in a Chicago fact scavenger hunt that included questions about the Chicago Fire, local museums, and cultural questions such as “What are the toppings on a traditional Chicago hot dog?”  board member Jason Romano led the scavenger hunt and joked that teams received one point for listing “mustard” and lost five if they included ketchup.  Halloween prizes were awarded to the top three teams.

While explaining how Frank Lloyd Wright directed Unity Temple’s construction, our tour guide said the whole structure was made using concrete.

The fun welcome to the city continued as guests enjoyed an informative and engaging tour Unity Temple.  The foundation’s docent chronicled the influence of Frank Lloyd Wright on architecture in Chicago and around the world. Many Fulbrighters took advantage of the beautiful fall weather and walked together to visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home and Studio, historical homes, and other museums in the area such as Ernest Hemingway’s Home.

It was a perfect setting to catch up with Fulbright alumni and meet new students studying in Chicago.

Fulbright students worked together on the Chicago Scavenger Hunt right after the luncheon and before the architectural tour.

Photos by Thomas Ahleman

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Welcome to Chicago this Fall: Frank Lloyd Wright Unity Temple Tour and Luncheon

The Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois

By Jason Romano — WELCOME TO THE WINDY CITY! The Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association has planned a new year of exciting events.

Detail of the interior of the Unity Temple

To kick off the year, we ask you to join us for the Frank Lloyd Wright Chicago Architectural Tour and Luncheon on Saturday September 29, 2012 from 12 to 2 pm.  In addition to welcoming our newly arrived Fulbrighters as well as catching up with continuing students, guests will enjoy a 45 minute guided tour of Unity Temple, Wright’s modern masterpiece, located in historic Oak Park, a vibrant neighborhood located just outside of Chicago’s city limits, a short train ride from downtown Chicago.

This is an excellent opportunity to get to know one another, meet the members of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association, and to see one of the many exciting neighborhoods that the Chicagoland area has to offer.

Unity Temple is located in Oak Park

Following the tour, guests are encouraged to visit other historic sites in the neighborhood such as Frank Lloyd Wright’s studio and home, the Ernest Hemingway House, and the Pleasant Home.  Please visit www.visitoakpark.com for an area map.

Unity Temple is located at 875 Lake Street, Oak Park, Illinois, and  it is accessible via the Oak Park stop off of the CTA’s Green Line.  There is free street parking available along the viaduct; there is also metered parking on the streets as well as $6 all day parking available at various parking structures.

Please R.S.V.P using the online form or email fulbrightchicago@gmail.com by Tuesday September 25, 2012.

If you are a Fulbright alum please include your name and country where you had your Fulbright. The cost of the tour and luncheon is $25 (please bring cash or check).

If you are an international Fulbright student/scholar please include your name, country of origin and school that you are attending. It is FREE of charge for Fulbright students/scholars.

If you happen to reserve a spot and do not come, you will be charged the cost of the event, $25. The Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association needs to pay in advance and there are no refunds if people do not show up.

Photos by Theodolite@en.wikipedia, Ivo Shandor, Wikimedia Commons