Not a twofer: driving to Unity Temple on Chicagoland's surface streets ain't fun touring. It's bumpy tedium. Any time, any season, but especially on a pre-Christmas Sunday. Swimming like a shark among the fishes on the Interstates in light traffic has its moments--but that can be done anywhere, any time. So this run was about the destination, not the journey.
My former Minister has been with Unity Temple in Oak Park for several years. I try to get into town to hear her in the Pulpit, and reconnect with her and her family, once or twice a year. Unity Temple, an icon among Frank Lloyd Wright's many icons, is always a treat. Here's a link to the Unity Wikipedia page for fellow architecture enthusiasts:
Unity is one of the most peaceful spaces I know. Besides designing the building, Wright "decorated" the interior. He had the stucco walls painted in cream and pastels, and used warm-colored wood strip appliques liberally. One of Unity's several unusual features is pews arranged in a |_| shape. So you're always looking at fellow congregants as well as the speaker. It's an intimate, social, people-oriented setting.