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  Chicagoan recalls challenges of overcoming HIV stigma

For Chicagoan Terence Steward II, living with HIV "drove" how he lived his life during his twenties. "I was super-private, discreet, by myself, depressed, very 'smoky' and mysterious," Steward recalled. "I kept to myself. I was ...


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  Chicagoans contemplate path forward after anti-LGBT church vote

For Rev. Britt Cox, pastor at Church of the Three Crosses, 333 W. Wisconsin St., a Feb. 28 vote at a United Methodist Church ( UMC ) conference affirming an earlier condemnation of homosexuality as being ...


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  Colleagues, student remember generous gay art-history professor

Martha Pollak remembered colleague Ross Edman bringing his Pekinese dogs to campus at the University of Illinois at Chicago ( UIC ), which she considered a welcome surprise. Pollak—art history professor and chair of the department ...


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  Same-sex couple rocks records at Rattleback

There's a new retailer in town, called Rattlebake Records, located in Andersonville at 5405 N. Clark St. Husband-and-husband team Paul Ruffino and Mike Weaver opened the place recently and it features vinyl, CDs, cassettes, movies and ...


Man-Up-Medical-co-founder-looks-to-past-to-shape-present

  Man Up Medical co-founder looks to past to shape present

Dean Hervochon dispenses words of advice like they are business cards. He is the guy who knows everything, as his friends tell him, and he's not full of cliche mottos, either—they all come from personal experience. ...


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  Jody Michael talks Crain's honor, StartOut, future plans

When Jody Michael started her business, Jody Michael Associates, 22 years ago she was one of the first executive and career coaches in the United States. Prior to that, Michael spent 15 years at the Chicago ...


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  Dr. Terry Vanden Hoek on medical award, Dr. Tamara O'Neal

For 25 years, renowned physician Dr. Terry Vanden Hoek has been treating patients and teaching medical students and residents the ins and outs of clinical emergency medicine in Chicago. Vanden Hoek has served as University of ...


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  Artist Tom Bachtell on exhibit and late partner Andrew Patner

Self-taught artist Tom Bachtell's work is currently featured in a exhibit, "Tom Bachtell in AdventureLand," at AdventureLand Gallery, 1513 N. Western Ave. The free exhibit opened Dec. 7 with an evening reception and will run through ...


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  IN THE LIFE Lala Thomas

Lala Thomas' life has been shaped by working hard, fighting for what she wants and speaking her mind on a myriad of issues. All that has translated into her personal and soon-to-be business brands—Talented Lala. "Talented ...


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  SWZLE, part of the reusable straw revolution

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Reusable straws have become a central focus in helping to preserve the environment—so much so that banning plastic straws was an issue on the Chicago ballots during the recent midterm elections. To that end, former Chicago ...


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  10 Questions by Vic: Greg Louganis

Greg Louganis is the greatest diver in history. In the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, Louganis achieved gold medals in both the men's three-meter springboard and 10-meter platform events. At the 1988 Olympic Summer Games ...


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  IN THE LIFE A look at i2i's core leadership team

Invisible to Invincible: Asian Pacific Islander Pride of Chicago ( i2i ) has seen many changes to its leadership team since its founding in 2005. The group, according to its Facebook page, "celebrates and affirms Asian/Pacific ...


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  First out gay male Chicago police officer on family, career, volunteering

Retired Chicago Police Department ( CPD ) officer Ronald Bogan saw it all during his three decades on the force. This includes a suspect who hid in the axel of a truck so he could not ...


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  Lesbian Erasure, Defining Lesbianism Part One

[Author's note: for the purposes of space, except for brief references, this article focuses on lesbian couplings in the U.S.] Lesbians exist. Lesbians, like gay men, have always existed. If there is a singular lesson to ...


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  IN THE LIFE Lizzy Wolferman

Everyone's life is a journey. However, with Liz Wolferman—the front-of-house manager of the acclaimed local restaurant Mott St.—it's been a literal journey that's involved Chicago, New York City and even England, resulting in a life shaped ...


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  NUNN ON ONE Adam Rippon skates into success

Figure skater Adam Rippon won a bronze medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics, making history by becoming the first openly gay U.S. athlete to do so. He followed that by being the first openly gay celebrity ...


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  DeRay Mckesson, fighting for Black lives

By the time this interview was conducted Sept. 7, DeRay Mckesson, one of the most visible Black Lives Movement organizers, was already on his book tour in New York for his memoir On the Other Side ...


Chicagoan-raises-money-and-pride-walking-to-fight-HIV-AIDS

  Chicagoan raises money and pride walking to fight HIV/AIDS

Christopher Pazdernik was filled with fear and shame that day in 2009 when he learned he is HIV-positive. "I was so embarrassed and terrified; I had no idea what was going to happen next," he said. ...


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  Howard Brown Health COO reflects on role, expanding family life

Howard Brown Health Chief Operating Officer and Physician Assistant Kristin Keglovitz Baker's life changed forever when she met her now-wife Bridget Baker at Pennsylvania's Camp Dreamcatcher in 2004. "It is a camp for children and young ...


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  Chicago Women in Trades adding members through outreach efforts

Chicago Women in Trades ( CWIT ) volunteer and Local 130 third year apprentice plumber Liz Albertson did not know she was on the cusp of starting something new when she brought her snare drum to ...


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  Formato's Focus

This month we shine light on a fascinating individual, Justus Harris, the creator of "Technology & ...


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  PASSAGES Edward George Raap

Edward George Raap, 78, retired architect, world traveler; of Chicago and Puerto Vallarta; passed away unexpectedly but peacefully after a brief illness. Beloved life partner of 35+ years of Daniel J. De Marco, dear father of ...


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  By design, accomplished interior designer Anthony Michael

After a few minutes with out gay interior designer Anthony Michael, it's apparent that he does his own thing—with no apologies. Outspoken to the point to being ( charmingly ) boisterous, Michael was candid about a ...


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  Dedry Jones, remembered

More than 200 people gathered at DuSable Museum of African American History on Chicago's South Side Aug. 8 for the memorial ceremony of Dedry Jones, who passed away July 26. He was 64. Jones was a ...


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  Julie Goodridge talks investing, historic marriage-equality case

Throughout most of her working life, Julie Goodridge has been interested in socially responsible investing ( SRI ). That, and her desire to start her own company, led Goodridge to form NorthStar Asset Management ( NorthStar ...


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  Duane Cerny on new book, antiques and Gwendolyn Brooks

When Duane Cerny was a child, his favorite place to hang out was in his parents basement because it was filled with '50s-era furniture from their first apartment in Rogers Park. "My parents preferred buying new ...


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  Local psychologist hopes to be first gay APA president

Recently, Dr. Armand Cerbone was nominated as one of the five finalists on the ballot to become president of the American Psychological Association ( APA ). If elected this fall, he will become the first out ...


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  Donald Strzepek on jewelry business, early LGBTQ activism

Lifelong Chicagoan Donald Strzepek has been in the jewelry business for more than 30 years and is currently the owner of Tucker Inc., in the heart of Jeweler's Row in the Loop. "I grew up on ...


Out-and-Sober-beating-dual-stigma

  Out and Sober, beating dual stigma

Tucked away on Chicago's West Side, the Gateway Foundation's Chicago Independence location is helping recovering addicts from the LGBTQ community get back on their feet. The foundation offers an optional program called Out and Sober whose ...


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  ART Derrick Woods-Morrow, provocateur and disruptor, by design

Talking with queer artist Derrick Woods-Morrow is an exercise in exploring boundaries. This is, by no means, a criticism—it's simply an observation. That Woods-Morrow initially comes across as shy doesn't mean he doesn't harbor lots of ...


Lauren-Heckathorn-on-being-a-genderqueer-special-education-teacher

  Lauren Heckathorn on being a genderqueer special-education teacher

Lauren Heckathorn's ( pronouns they/them/their ) dream of becoming a special education teacher began at a young age when their third grade class was paired with students with special needs in another third grade class at ...


LGBTQ-owned-car-repair-service-aims-to-expand-nationwide

  LGBTQ-owned car repair service aims to expand nationwide

Chicago-area resident Brian Moak is working to change the perception that the car-service industry and LGBTQ individuals do not mix. A year ago, he rebranded Duxler Complete Auto Care, the company he bought from his father, ...


Jan-Dee-looks-back-on-45-years-as-custom-jeweler

  Jan Dee looks back on 45+ years as custom jeweler

For as far back as Jan Dee can remember she has always been interested in arts and crafts and has parlayed that into her own business, Jan Dee Custom Jewelry, now located at 1425 W. Diversey ...


A-brief-history-of-LGBTQ-students-and-proms

  A brief history of LGBTQ students and proms

In recent years, many LGBTQ students have attended their high school proms across the country without any "controversy" but that was not always the case due to school officials denying them entry into the annual dance. ...


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  Boxer Orlando Cruz leading Chicago's Pride Parade

Professional boxing's only openly gay star is coming to Chicago. Orlando "El Fenonemo" , of Puerto Rico, was the grand marshal in the Puerto Rican People's Parade on June 16—and will fulfill the same role in ...


Dual-Spirit-Style-helps-all-people-find-their-menswear-look

  Dual Spirit Style helps all people find their menswear look

Tanisha Hawkins has always taken her image—and her clothes—seriously. "I'm really passionate about being able to express your gender. If you see my closet, you'll be, like, 'Whoa,'" said Hawkins, the proprietor of a new clothing ...


Praxis-Group-helps-business-professionals-go-beyond-inclusion

  Praxis Group helps business professionals go beyond inclusion

An emerging Chicago consulting firm composed primarily of activists within the LGBTQ community has the goal of getting workplaces to think "beyond inclusion." It's a phrase that those who have encountered Praxis Group have wondered about, ...


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  Washington Heights artist on her work, studio, future event

Washington Heights resident Hana L. Anderson ( who was born and raised in the Chicago neighborhood of Hyde Park ) has always considered herself an artist but did not call herself one for years because, "I ...


Friends-recall-connections-with-Howard-Wax

  Friends recall connections with Howard Wax

Attorney and River Forest resident Howard Wax, who passed away in May, was remembered by close friend Lee Griesbach, among others, as someone who "collected friends" in the best sense of the phrase. "He was a ...


Anna-DeShawn-talks-E3-Radios-expansion-Affinity-activism-work

  Anna DeShawn talks E3 Radio's expansion, Affinity activism work

Chicago-born media maven and social entrepreneur Anna DeShawn has been a mover and shaker within Chicago's LGBTQ community her entire adult life. One of the ways DeShawn has made an impact is through her media company ...


IN-THE-LIFE-Jonathan-Zeng

  IN THE LIFE Jonathan Zeng

Life is shaped by experiences—and it's a unique set of occurrences that has led Jonathan Zeng to his upcoming Chicago concert, "Songs That Speak." Zeng, who studied operatic performance and who has performed throughout the country, ...


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  Women2Women launches with party

Women were heard loud and clear at Women2Women's ( W2W ) launch party at EvolveHer on April 14. Women2Women is a place where women can share their evolving journeys as women who love women. It sets ...


Getting-to-know-American-Beauty-Shows-Paul-Dykstra

  Getting to know American Beauty Show's Paul Dykstra

Later this month, Cosmetologists Chicago will kick off its annual America's Beauty Show for salon professionals. The first, as it was called at the time, Midwest Beauty Trade Show took place in 1924 and now the ...


Prevent-Blindness-Jeff-Todd-discusses-organization-LGBT-activism

  Prevent Blindness' Jeff Todd discusses organization, LGBT activism

For the past 15 years, Jeff Todd has worked as the director of public health and chief operating officer of Prevent Blindness ( the nation's oldest volunteer eye health and safety organization ) and, recently, the ...


Dr-Margo-Jacquot-talks-career-Juniper-Center-LGBTQ-initiatives

  Dr. Margo Jacquot talks career, Juniper Center, LGBTQ initiatives

Dr. Margo Jacquot—the founder/owner/director of the Juniper Center—has been serving the community through her Park Ridge-based psychotherapy practice for more than 20 years. The Juniper Center is a counseling and therapy center that specializes in issues ...


Ex-Focus-on-the-Family-daughter-refocuses-her-life-mission

  Ex-Focus on the Family daughter refocuses her life mission

In her authentically jarring memoir Refocusing My Family: Coming Out, Being Cast Out, and Discovering the True Love of God, author and activist Amber Cantorna rips the mask off the anti-LGBTQ evangelical ministry Focus on the ...


NCLRs-Kate-Kendell-tempered-for-transition

  NCLR's Kate Kendell, tempered for transition

Kate Kendell, 57, has spent the past 24 years—nearly two-thirds of her life—at National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ). This December she'll depart her esteemed post as executive director to balance some new opportunities—and ...


Oleg-Grachev-on-living-in-Russia-and-the-US-

  Oleg Grachev on living in Russia and the U.S.

Ever since Oleg Grachev was 10 years old, he had a dream of working on Wall Street. He has fulfulled that dream as J.P. Morgan's new investment banking analyst. Grachev's journey to Wall Street began in ...


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  PHOTOGRAPHY Hrvoje Slovenc, out Croatian-American explores 'Past'

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Hrvoje ( pronounced "hair-vo-yay" ) Slovenc is an out Croatian-American photographer whose life has taken some interesting turns—from studying biochemistry to obtaining an MFA in photography from Yale University School of Art. Locally, his work is ...


AIDS-garden-planned-for-Belmont-Rocks-Haring-art-to-be-included

  AIDS garden planned for Belmont Rocks; Haring art to be included

About a dozen people gathered for a meeting March 8 to discuss a planned garden to memorialize the loss, activism and resilience of Chicago's fight against HIV/AIDS. The planned garden, at the Belmont Rocks in Lake ...


IN-THE-LIFE-Steve-Boudreau

  IN THE LIFE Steve Boudreau

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Chicagoan Steve Boudreau—a runner, cyclist and yoga enthusiast—found himself himself especially stymied in recent years by the allergies that he'd been afflicted with for as long as he can remember. "Truly, I have had sinus problems, ...


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  IN THE LIFE Lea Selley

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Artist Lea Selley's infectiousness about Chicago and the surrounding suburbs is evident right off the bat. Selley said driving from Vancouver ( where she was born and raised ) to Miami and Fort Lauderdale, then Denver ...


Soulforce-board-member-talks-spiritual-evolution

  Soulforce board member talks spiritual evolution

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Casimiro Pena applies his passion for activism and community organizing to his role as a Soulforce board member. Soulforce is an organization that works to end the political and religious oppression of LGBTI people through nonviolent ...


Black-gay-caucus-board-chair-David-Dodd-wears-many-hats

  Black gay caucus board chair David Dodd wears many hats

Here is something interesting about Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus ( CBGMC ) Board Chair David Dodd: He was born and raised in Washington, D.C., and moved to Chicago in 1999, just weeks after graduating high ...


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  'Insurrection' echoes Nat Turner's life through present day

Try to define playwright Robert O'Hara's Insurrection: Holding History would likely result in confusion. "I've been describing it, like, the playwright does Roots meets The Wizard of Oz meets In Living Color. With a big gay ...


Howard-Brown-Healths-CEO-board-president-speak-on-its-evolution

  Howard Brown Health's CEO, board president speak on its evolution

When David Munar took the reins at Howard Brown Health in 2014, the health agency was recovering from an extended period fraught with management issues, financial difficulties and low employee morale. Under Munar's watch, Howard Brown ...


IN-THE-LIFE-Dr-Juan-Alvarez

  IN THE LIFE Dr. Juan Alvarez

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Dr. Juan Alvarez specializes in helping make dreams come true. Alvarez works at the Fertility Centers of Illinois as a reproductive endorcrinoogist/fertility doctor. His role is to evaluate couples who are trying to get pregnant ( ...


ACTIVISM-Sister-on-a-mission-Talking-with-trans-activist-Charlie-Craggs

  ACTIVISM Sister on a mission: Talking with trans activist Charlie Craggs

Charlie Craggs has discussed trans issues on TV and before Parliament and written on trans issues in both The Guardian and The Independent. Craggs was also named one of the most influential and inspirational LGBTQ people ...


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  Chicago Icon: The Marge Summit Story, Part Two of a two-part feature

We return to our interview with Chicago LGBT Hall of Famer Marge Summit. WCT: So how did you go from MS to His 'n' Hers? MS: When I had MS, on the day after New Year's, ...


Chicago-Icon-The-Marge-Summit-Story-Part-One-of-a-two-part-feature

  Chicago Icon: The Marge Summit Story, Part One of a two-part feature

Marge Summit is a Chicago icon. The former bar owner, community organizer, and longtime activist has been a very visible member of Chicago's LGBT community for more than 65 years. Marge began hitting the bars in ...


In-the-Life-Zach-Barnard

  In the Life: Zach Barnard

Zach Barnard has been painting for as long as he can remember. "I just love how it completely takes me away from the real world," he said. "I can completely phase out and not really even ...


Juan-Calderon-talks-health-board-career-activist-work

  Juan Calderon talks health board, career, activist work

Among his many accomplishments, community leader Juan Calderon was recently named by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to the newly vacated seat on the Chicago Board of Health. The city council approved his appointment this past September. "This ...


MCC-elder-talks-Cajun-roots-faith-and-lesbian-polyamorous-relationship

  MCC elder talks Cajun roots, faith and lesbian polyamorous relationship

Rev. Elder Rachelle Brown's journey toward the ministry and the Metropolitan Community Church ( MCC ) began in her early thirties, when she was looking for a spiritual connection after many years away due to the ...


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  Jamie's journey: Vallas family supports transgender daughter

Jamie Vallas is nearly 21 and finally feels as if she's who she was supposed to be all along. She was a kid who wore her sister's old ballet clothes, who would find wigs and put ...


Coming-to-a-vending-machine-near-you-Activewear

  Coming to a vending machine near you: Activewear

What's the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about vending machines? Guilty-pleasure snacks filled with high-fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, sodium and saturated fat? They're convenience and instant gratification at their best. ...


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  BOOKS The random history of Judy Wieder

Anyone reading Judy Wieder's memoir, Random Events Tend to Cluster, would conclude that the former editor-in-chief of the Advocate has lived an incredible, unpredictable life. Wieder got her start in media by faking her way into ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-Lesbian-opera-singer-Racette-seeks-asylum-in-The-Consul

  SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Lesbian opera singer Racette seeks asylum in 'The Consul'

Lesbian opera soprano Patricia Racette considers herself to be very lucky. In her three-decade performing career of tackling both classics ( Madama Butterfly, Salome ) and world premieres ( Emmeline, Dolores Claiborne ), Racette has been ...


Jose-Ruiz-on-managing-Dulcelandia-coming-out-and-being-an-immigrant

  Jose Ruiz on managing Dulcelandia, coming out and being an immigrant

When José Ruiz arrived in the United States 12 years ago from his hometown of Guanajuato, Mexico, his life changed in many ways—both personally and professionally. This included being able to live his truth freely as ...


The-life-of-Patty-the-Pin-Lady

  The life of 'Patty the Pin Lady'

Nearly every weekend, some Sunday afternoons, and at big Boystown events like Market Days, you can find a feisty 74-year-old woman selling buttons out on street corners and in gay bars up and down the North ...


DISH-SAVOR-Grounds-for-success-New-coffee-shop-opens-in-Uptown

  DISH: SAVOR Grounds for success: New coffee shop opens in Uptown

Sarah Riddle and Katy Weseman have been partners in life for 12 years—and now they are partners in business with the launch of Ridman's Coffee, a cozy, independent shop at the southwestern corner of Clark and ...


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  Gayest Halloween costumes of 2017

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Mikey Rox

It seems like every day is a new nightmare in America, but there's no substitute for the spooks and scares of Halloween ( which is really just Christmas-come-early for you queens ). This year, we were ...


IN-THE-LIFE-Erik-Grazetti

  IN THE LIFE Erik Grazetti

Talking with Erik Grazetti for a few minutes, one realizes that he is in his element as Loews Chicago Hotel's director of sales and marketing—and that he loves it. Grazetti was in the Washington, D.C., area ...


LGBT-Chamber-of-Commerce-welcomes-new-director

  LGBT Chamber of Commerce welcomes new director

The LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois hosted a welcome reception for their new director, Jerome' Holston, Oct. 10 at its Lakeview office. Billy Stevenson, board chair, along with other board and chamber members, attended the ...


PRO-SPORTS-Wrestler-Anthony-Bowens-Talking-about-sport-coming-out-as-bi

  PRO SPORTS Wrestler Anthony Bowens: Talking about sport, coming out as bi

Earlier this year, professional wrestler Anthony Bowens made waves and amassed support when he came out as bisexual. However, he also experienced some negative feedback, including from those within the LGTQ community, who questioned the validity ...


Unity-Temple-open-for-tours

  Unity Temple open for tours

Unity Temple—which some consider one of Frank Lloyd Wright's greatest public buildings—is now open for tours. The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust provides tours year-round, Monday through Saturday, at Unity Temple, 875 Lake St., Oak Park. Wright ...







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